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Football Weekend Activities & Guidelines

Sept. 2, 2005

This week’s football weekend update contains details of the university’s parking plan, as well as information on a variety of issues and activities related to football season:









==================================================================1. RESERVED LOTS TO BE CLEARED BY 8 A.M. SATURDAY

All vehicles parked in lots and numbered spaces reserved for football parking must be moved no later than 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept 3, for Clemson’s game with Texas A&M which has an 8 p.m. kickoff. Cars remaining in reserved spaces 12 hours prior to games are subject to towing.

Where can students park?

Students who are required to relocate their cars may park from Friday evening until Sunday morning at the P-1 Lot (across from the Fire Department) on McMillan Road. All vehicles must be moved from the P-1 lot by 7 a.m. on Monday.

If the P-1 Lot fills, overflow parking will be permitted on the grass at Kite Hill, near the Fire Department and the Fran Hanson Discovery Center. All vehicles must be moved from Kite Hill by 7 a.m. Monday morning and from Fran Hanson Discovery Center by noon on Sunday.

Clemson Area Transit will provide transportation between the P-1 Lot, Kite Hill, the Fran Hanson Discovery Center, the Hendrix Center on East campus and the Dillard Building on West campus to assist students who must relocate their cars for football games. Buses will operate on:

Fridays — 3 p.m.-midnight

Saturdays — from two hours after the game ends until midnight

Sundays — 9 a.m.-noon

Auxiliary Student Patrol escort service will be available between midnight and 7 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays of home-game weekends.

Where can employees park?

A portion of E-6, between Sikes and Long halls, will be available west campus employees who must report to work on home football game days.

All federal, state and university vehicles are to be moved to an East Campus perimeter parking lot 12 hours prior to all home varsity football games.

Employees leaving personal vehicles on campus while traveling should be familiar with the football schedule to avoid reserved parking on home-game weekends.

Where can’t I park?

Many but not all spaces reserved for IPTAY members have a four-digit number on the pavement or adjacent curb. Vehicles must be moved 12 hours prior to the start of home games (8 a.m. Saturday for this week’s game) from these designated parking areas:

West Campus Reserved Parking – Cars will be towed from:

* Resident lots: lower portions of R-1 (designated by Paw Prints in the parking space), R-2, R-3 (See information above on alternate parking for relocating students.)

* Commuter lots: C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6, C-7, C-9, C-10, C-12

* Employee lots: E-3, E-4, E-5, E-7, E-14, E-16 (except employees parked in 24-hour spaces). The entire E-5 lot, off Heisman Street and adjacent to the motor pool, is reserved parking for football games. A portion of E-6, between Sikes and Long halls, will be available for West campus employees who must report to work on home football game days.

* Any-Permit lots: P-3, P-4

* Campus Streets: Ravenel Road, Avenue of Champions, Centennial Boulevard, Williamson Road, Heisman Street, Klugh Avenue (except authorized vehicles in service vehicle spaces) and South Palmetto Boulevard including the Lee Hall cul-de-sac.

East Campus Reserved Parking – Cars will be towed from:

* Resident lot: lower portions of R-1 (designated by Paw Prints)

* Employee lot: E-1

==================================================================2. WEEKENDS ACTIVITIES PAY TRIBUTE TO U.S. MILITARY

Clemson University’s Army and Air Force ROTC personnel, in collaboration with the Clemson Corps, the athletic department and the Tiger band, will recognize the nation’s armed forces and veterans with Military Appreciation Day on Friday, Sept. 2, and on Saturday, Sept. 3, with game day (Clemson vs. Texas A&M) activities.

This year’s celebration coincides with Japan’s formal surrender 60 years ago aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, marking the end of World War II.

“Texas A&M and Clemson provided the largest and second largest number of officers of all ROTC programs during WWII,” said retired Army Col. Danny Rhodes, who also serves as vice chairman of the Clemson Corps committee. “This is only one example of the long-standing commitment our universities have made to our nation’s defense. The Clemson Corps is proud to be a part of the celebration honoring the dedication and sacrifices of our veterans.”

The weekend of recognition will begin with the First Friday parade, featuring the Clemson Alumni Senior Platoon as grand marshals. The parade, sponsored by Central Spirit, will begin on S.C. 93 in front of Sikes Hall and proceed to Riggs Field, where a pep rally will follow. Eleven sororities and other student organizations are building parade floats to fit the theme, “Troopin’ Through Tiger Town for over 100 Years,” which will highlight Clemson’s military heritage. The parade also will feature Clemson’s Army and Air Force ROTC and a group of cadets from Texas A&M. Local veterans are invited to walk in the parade.

A soccer match Friday evening between Clemson and the University of South Carolina also will have a military theme.” I am a Vietnam veteran, and I want everyone to know how special and proud I felt participating in past marches to lead the Tiger Band into the stadium and going on the football field with fellow comrades at halftime,” said retired Army Maj. Dawson Luke. “It is a great feeling to be with men and women that share your pride and to hear the support of the crowd.”The South Carolina National Guard will display Army and Air Force equipment on Bowman Field, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. At 6:30 p.m., military veterans, active military, Reserve and National Guard members will join the Tiger band at the campus outdoor amphitheater for a concert. The group then will walk down the hill to Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. During pre-game activities on the field, Col. Newt Tyndall, retired Air Force and former professor of aerospace science at Clemson, will “dot the i” when the Tiger band spells out “Tigers” on the field. Tyndall was the lead navigator on the flight over the USS Missouri 60 years ago. A Scroll of Honor on the big screen in the stadium will recognize fallen soldiers. The South Carolina National Guard will fly four F-16s over the stadium before the game.

Families of fallen soldiers from Texas and South Carolina will be introduced at halftime. Cadets from the Tiger Platoon, members of the Senior Platoon and cadets from Texas A&M will escort the families to Howard’s Rock on the hill, where a wreath will be placed in memory of the fallen soldiers. This will be followed by video of the 60th anniversary of the V-J Day ceremony in Hawaii and a 21-gun salute from the football practice field.

==================================================================3. PARADE MEANS SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

Clemson kicks off its football season with the traditional FirstFriday Parade on Friday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. The parade route this year will begin on Parkway Drive, at Sikes Hall, and continue west on S.C. Highway 93 to the field at the Williamson Road intersection, formerly used for band practice.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. traffic will be stopped at the Cherry Road traffic light near the President’s Home, and on S.C. 93 to the Williamson Road traffic light. The streets will be reopened when all parade units have arrived at the old band practice field and the route is cleared of any debris.

==================================================================4. MEN’S SOCCER TEAM TO PLAY SOLID ORANGE GAME

Clemson is encouraging all Tiger fans to show their spirit and wear orange to the One Clemson…Solid Orange…It’s About Pride event Friday night. Festivities will begin Friday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. with the Central Spirit First Friday Parade and continue with a pep rally immediately following on Riggs Field. The men’s soccer team will then take on South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. in its season opener. Admission to this One Clemson-Solid Orange event is free.

The first 500 fans wearing orange to the men’s soccer match will receive a free One Clemson…Solid Orange…It’s About Pride T-shirt – four will be specially marked for additional prizes.

The Tiger Band, Cheerleaders, Rally Cats, the Tiger and Tiger Cub mascots and Central Spirit will be on hand to welcome fans to the electric atmosphere.The proceeds from One Clemson events are used for specific One Clemson academic efforts. The One Clemson concept recognizes the strength of unity in everything Clemson does as a University. Athletics has contributed more than $140,000 to the One Clemson Fund.

The complete One Clemson–Solid Orange season schedule is on the Web at:

==================================================================5. CONSTRUCTION ALTERS STADIUM ACCESS; FANS ASKED TO HELP TEXAS A&M VISITORS FIND THEIR WAY

Virtually all Clemson fans know that Clemson Memorial Stadium has undergone considerable changes in the last few months as the West End Zone construction has progressed at an impressive rate.

As fans make plans to attend the season-opener against Texas A&M on Sept. 3, the athletic department reminds everyone that the West End Zone area is a construction site. As a result, there will be some inconveniences compared to what fans have been accustomed to in previous years

All fans who will sit in the West End Zone must enter the stadium through Gate 11 (new gate directly behind the West End Zone).

This will be the only access to the stadium for fans holding tickets in that area. Access to this gate must be through parking lot 5 or via a staircase at the northwest corner of the stadium, nearest to the IPTAY/Ticket building.

Conversely, only fans holding West End Zone tickets will be allowed to enter the stadium at Gate 11.

To download a map with details on how to get to your seat, go to: click on “Memorial Stadium Gate Access Information.”

==================================================================6. PRESIDENT HOPES VISITORS WILL SEE CU’S DISTINCTIVENESS

Clemson wants to make sure every game-day visitor has a good time and leaves with a good impression of the university. And with Texas A&M as the season’s first football opponent — a school and a community that wowed Tiger fans with its friendly and courteous welcome – Clemson is ready to return the favor.

In February, President Jim Barker established a Sportsmanship Task Force to examine what happens at athletic events — on the field, in the stands, in our parking lots — and to find ways to ensure it reflects positively on the University.

The work of this task force, co-chaired by Vice President of Student Affairs Almeda Jacks and Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips, focused on encouraging good sportsmanship and respect among all players and coaches, and enhancing Clemson’s post-game experience in a manner that reflects the importance of sportsmanship and tradition.

In an open letter published in this week’s edition of “The Orange & White,” President Barker called on the larger Clemson community to help create an environment that respects the values and traditions of Clemson University. “It’s up to all of us to make sportsmanship a core value of Clemson,” said Barker.

” There are many qualities that make Clemson distinctive, including our traditions, our mission, our college town environment, our location on the shores of Lake Hartwell, our size, our relationships between students, faculty and staff, our history, our governance and our campus environment. I have grown to value these qualities the more I visit other campuses in the Atlantic Coast Conference and across the country,” said Barker. “They make up our personality and character as a University.”

Barker continues with the idea that simply saying hello to visitors on game day can have a multiplying effect that is very positive. “When a visiting team comes to our campus in any sport, we must see the team and its fans in the same way we see other visitors. These visitors honor us by choosing to come to Clemson, see our campus and spend time in getting to know the unique Clemson culture. They deserve our full respect and kindness. They are not our enemies; they are our guests,” said Barker.

“When we are successful in letting these visitors (and all visitors) see the best of Clemson hospitality, they will see that Clemson is truly distinctive.”For the complete text of Barker’s letter, go to:

==================================================================7. CLEMSON TO ALLOW ‘PASS-OUTS;’ SECURITY STILL A PRIORITY

Clemson plans to allow pass-outs this season, which means fans can leave and be readmitted to Memorial Stadium at designated entrances. However, those fans will have to go through the same level of security screening as they did upon originally entering the stadium.

Clemson will continue other security measures adopted post-9/11:

No backpacks, tote bags or other large carryalls will be allowed in the football stadium.

Items allowed into the stadium, but subject to search are purses, diaper bags, seat cushions, binoculars, cameras, video cameras, cell phones, radios, Walkman-type radio/recorders and hand-held TVs.

Security personnel can check umbrellas and strollers at the gates.

Bomb-squad experts and bomb-sniffing dogs from the City of Anderson will be on hand to check the stadium and cars parked near it, and only cars bearing IPTAY placards will be allowed access to roads in the vicinity of the stadium.

Adults attending the game should have an official form of photo identification with them, and children should remain with an adult at all times during the game.

==================================================================8. TIGER BAND CONTINUES PRE-GAME CONCERT, PEP RALLY

The Clemson University Marching Band — “The Band that Shakes the Southland” — will continue “90 Minutes Before Kickoff” concerts and pep rallies at the Outdoor Theatre in the center of the Clemson campus. Saturday’s event before the Texas A&M game will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to make this a part of their tailgating tradition. One and a half hours before each Clemson home football game, the Tiger Band will play university favorites as well as selections from the season’s halftime shows. Near the end of each mini-concert, the Clemson cheerleaders will join the band for a pre-game pep rally before leading the traditional march through the heart of campus, traveling down Fort Hill Street to Memorial Stadium.

To commemorate Military Appreciate Day, military veterans, active military, Reserve and National Guard members will join the Tiger band at the campus outdoor amphitheater for Saturday’s concert. The group then will walk down the hill to Memorial Stadium along with the band.

– Compiled by the Clemson University Department of News Services