In advance of this Saturday’s game, the university and athletic department reminds each of its more than 80,000+ fans expected in Memorial Stadium to represent the spirit of “Solid Orange,” which means creating an environment that is spirited and fun, but also shows respect for the teams playing, the university and the traditions that make Clemson special.
Launched in 1999 as a marketing campaign by the university to assist in promoting Clemson throughout the entire state of South Carolina, “Solid Orange” created new symbolism to represent and reinvigorate the sense of pride and family unity that are cornerstones of Clemson’s philosophy. The motto for the campaign became Solid Orange: It’s About Pride, and the central theme was honorable conduct, symbolized by the wearing of orange at athletic events and on Fridays. The emphasis on Pride: Our Actions Honor our University, its Traditions, Teams, Performance, People, and Each Other, was publicized in virtually all related publications and promotions and at campus events.
To complement the initial effort, in 2004, a sportsmanship taskforce was created of not only campus-wide representatives, but campus-related entities and the community-at-large. The taskforce was charged with steering the creation of “an environment that is spirited and fun, but also shows respect for teams, the University and the traditions that make Clemson special.” The consistency of this leadership effort has resulted in previously unparalleled positive feedback from visitors, fans and the Clemson community. Our continuing leadership emphasis on these important standards will solidify the results of creating an environment of welcome and respect.
So as Clemson plays its final home game of the season on Saturday, the tenets “Solid Orange” remain a priority in showcasing Clemson University and its athletic programs as both hospitable to guests and passionate for the Tigers.
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. South Carolina, 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.
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📝 Game Notes vs. South Carolina
No. 2/2 Clemson will wrap up the 2018 regular season on Saturday, Nov. 24, when the team plays host to archrival South Carolina. Kickoff from Memorial Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Here’s a look at what’s on the line this week by the numbers.
– 100: Clemson enters this week in search of its 100th win of the decade. Clemson would become only the third FBS program to win 100 games this decade, joining Alabama and Ohio State.
– 70: A win Saturday would be Clemson’s 70th all-time win against South Carolina. Currently, Clemson’s 69 all-time wins against South Carolina are its most against any opponent.
– 52: Clemson’s senior class enters its final game at Death Valley with a 51-4 record since 2015. A 52nd win would add to the school and ACC records set by the class with its 51st win last week.
– 17: Sophomore running back Travis Etienne tied Clemson’s single-season school record by recording his 17th rushing touchdown of the year last week. With one more rushing touchdown this week, he can break the deadlock with Lester Brown (1978), James Davis (2006) and Wayne Gallman (2016) to take sole ownership of the school record.
– 5: After dropping five straight Palmetto Bowl contests to South Carolina from 2009-13, the Tigers are looking to return the favor with a five-game streak of their own. On Sunday, Clemson can earn a fifth consecutive win against the Gamecocks for the first time since a seven-game streak from 1934-40.
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