(Last updated at 12:55 p.m. on Friday)
Bad weather conditions including four-and-a-half inches of rain in Clemson this week have affected gameday parking operations in grass parking lots for the Clemson vs. Duke football game. Fans coming to the game who park in these areas are encouraged to follow these updated guidelines:
Several grass parking lots also serve the dual purpose of being intramural and recreation fields for students so there are additional considerations for minimizing the damage beyond the home football season. The Clemson Athletics grounds crew is making every effort possible to manage entrances to the lots and the heavily-trafficked drive aisles. In addition to those efforts, this afternoon the athletic department is also utilizing a helicopter to disperse the larger pools of standing water.
Beginning Aug. 30, College Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between Keith St. and Hwy. 93 on Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. The Clemson downtown area has become increasingly populated with both pedestrian and vehicular traffic, a change was made with the goal of increasing pedestrian safety. THE CITY ORDINANCE OF NO OPEN CONTAINERS IS STILL IN PLACE. During this time, CAT buses will reroute their pick up and drop off at College Ave. and Hwy. 93. At 2 a.m., CAT buses will be on College Ave. at the intersection with North Clemson St.
Vehicles parked in the blocked off area will be allowed to leave; however, the Police Department is encouraging persons parked in this area to move their vehicles prior to the 9 p.m. closure time.
On game days College Ave. will again this year be shut down at the intersection of Hwy. 93 and College Ave. beginning at the start of the fourth quarter. No left turn will be allowed onto College Ave. from Hwy. 93 during this time period and until traffic flow can be opened back up both directions on College Ave.
For the past two-and-a-half seasons, you have likely noticed that vehicular traffic restrictions around the stadium gates go into effect one hour before kickoff. These measures are taken for several important reasons including providing a safe route for the pregame parade that originates from the amphitheater as well as to ensure pedestrian safety as fans approach the entry gates to Memorial Stadium (where queuing space is limited) as it gets closer to kickoff time.
These safety measures will continue for this Saturday’s game vs. Dukee, starting one hour prior to kickoff and lasting until the game starts. After kickoff, the vehicular traffic restrictions around these areas will be lifted.
The majority of fans will not be impacted by this because they do not have parking spots that require travel near the Memorial Stadium gates and/or they arrive early to tailgate with family and friends. However, for those who park around the stadium or use roads adjacent to the stadium to access your parking spot, it’s important that you arrive earlier than 70 minutes before kickoff or be prepared to wait to park until after the game starts.
Clemson University celebrates Military Appreciation Day on Saturday as Clemson hosts Duke at 7:00 p.m., and the university has a full slate of activities planned throughout the day in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the event.
As part of Military Appreciation Week, Clemson University Staff Senate is hosting a Veterans Appreciation Reception in the Walter T. Cox Plaza on Tuesday from 9 a.m., to 11 a.m., for all Clemson faculty and staff members that are veterans.
On Wednesday, flags will be placed on the Scroll of Honor Memorial at 5 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend and participate in this ceremony.
A full list of all Military Appreciation week activities can be found: https://www.clemson.edu/business/military-appreciation-week.html
On Saturday, Bowman Field will have displays from the Army, Air Force and Marines. These displays include Military ground vehicles, helicopters and interactive areas that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Following Tiger Band performance in the amphitheater, the military parade along with Tiger Band rolls from the Holmes and McCabe dormitories around 6:00p.m.
During pre-game, South Carolina families of Fallen Soldiers will be introduced on the field an join Tiger Band for the Patriotic portion of their pre-game show.
There will be several special guests and high-ranking military officials in Memorial Stadium for Military Appreciation Day. In-game military recognitions will include the introduction of these officials, the hero-of-the-game and the Purple Heart Spotlight.
All veterans and active-duty military members are invited to come down to the field and be recognized during halftime. To participate, go to portal X in the WestZone or enter through the visitor’s tunnel (gate 10) with five minutes remaining in the second quarter.
During halftime, Tiger Band will play the Armed Forces Medley, and all veterans and active-duty military members are asked to stand to be recognized when their branch’s song is played. Veterans will be recognized in the west endzone by branch during this time as well.
A fallen soldier tribute will take place with the solider cross and a 21-gun salute in the east endzone, ending with the playing of “Taps.”
Fans who have a ticket to this game and are unable to attend are encouraged to donate their tickets to a Veteran by visiting clemsontigers.com/militarytix.
The game features a “Purple Out,” as fans are encouraged to wear purple in support of the military. Clemson is proud to partner with Alta Gracia, 47 Brand and Operation Hat Trick in support of Military Appreciation Day merchandise and support of our Military.
Tying into Military Appreciation Day, Clemson-branded Operation Hat Trick (OHT) product will be available online at www.shopclemsontigers.com and in-venue during the game, as well as at other local retailers such as Tiger Sports Shop, and Academy Sports. OHT is a non-profit organization that increases awareness, support and funding for the recovery of wounded service members and veterans through the sale of branded merchandise, proceeds of which are distributed to selected organizations that support OHT’s mission.
Clemson was one of the first universities to adopt the OHT program when it launched as a national brand in 2012. Last year, Clemson was the top selling OHT collegiate partner and received recognition from OHT as a finalist of the OHT Excellence in Service Award. This award is presented to universities that demonstrate a strong commitment to OHT and OHT’s military support mission. As a recipient of the Service Aware, OHT donated $3,500 in Clemson University’s name to Purple Heart Homes – Golden Chapter in the local marketplace.
Clemson University sincerely thanks all our current military and veterans for their sacrifice for our country.
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No. 2/2 Clemson will honor one of the most prolific senior classes in college football history on Saturday when the newly crowned ACC Atlantic Division champions return home to face the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday, Nov. 17. Kickoff from Memorial Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Clemson’s 2018 senior class is still in the midst of writing a legacy that will leave the group as one of the most decorated classes in school, conference and national history. Last week, the group tied Clemson’s 2017 seniors with its 50th win in a four-year span, matching the ACC record set by the 2017 class. The 2018 seniors can stand alone in ACC and Clemson history with their 51st win on Saturday. Clemson would become only the second school ever to produce a 51-win class, joining Alabama, which has produced classes of 53 wins (2014-17) and 51 wins (2013-16 and 2015- 18).
In addition to the group’s collective milestones, a number of seniors can make individual history this week as well. With his 53rd career start this week, tackle Mitch Hyatt, who already holds the school mark for career snaps from scrimmage, can break PK Chandler Catanzaro’s school record of 52 career starts. Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is expected to make his 41st career start, which would break Jim Stuckey’s school record for starts by a defensive tackle (40 from 1976-79). And wide receiver Hunter Renfrow will seek a reception in his 39th consecutive game played to break Artavis Scott’s school record of consecutive games with a reception (38 from 2014-16).
Parking (lots open at 8 a.m.)
Coach Swinney’s Weekly Press Conference
Clemson University is proud to continue its partnership with Operation Hat Trick. Tying into Military Appreciation Day, Clemson-branded Operation Hat Trick (OHT) product will be available online at shop.clemsontigers.com and in-venue during the game, as well as at other local retailers such as Tiger Sports Shop, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Alumni Hall and Academy Sports. OHT is a non-profit organization that increases awareness, support and funding for the recovery of wounded service members and veterans through the sale of branded merchandise, proceeds of which are distributed to selected organizations that support OHT’s mission.
Clemson was among the first universities to adopt the OHT program when it launched as a national brand in 2012. Last year, Clemson was the top selling OHT collegiate partner and received recognition from OHT as a finalist of the OHT Excellence in Service Award. This award is presented to universities that demonstrate a strong commitment to OHT and OHT’s military support mission. As a recipient of the Service Aware, OHT donated $3,500 in Clemson University’s name to Purple Heart Homes – Golden Chapter in the local marketplace.
This partnership resulted in Clemson and OHT playing a role in supporting veteran and Purple Heart recipient Jason Livingston through Purple Heart Homes. Livingston, who was injured during a fire fight with the Taliban, received an upgrade to his bathroom to make it more accessible.
A video recap can be found here:
We partnered with Operation Hat Trick and Purple Heart Homes to help Purple Heart recipient Jason Livingston.Get exclusive Clemson-OHT merchandise at this link and you'll help support veterans like Jason: https://t.co/J8KrBn4fG8 pic.twitter.com/pYF5pjzA5S— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) November 7, 2018
We partnered with Operation Hat Trick and Purple Heart Homes to help Purple Heart recipient Jason Livingston.
Get exclusive Clemson-OHT merchandise at this link and you'll help support veterans like Jason: https://t.co/J8KrBn4fG8 pic.twitter.com/pYF5pjzA5S
— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) November 7, 2018