The first home game of the season features the Clemson Tigers as they prepare to play against the South Carolina State Bulldogs. The gameday atmosphere is unlike any other, as Clemson students, alumni, and guests pour in to watch their Tigers play. And Drew Lanham, a class of 1988 Clemson alumni, knows that the Clemson gameday atmosphere goes beyond the game.
“It’s all about community. It doesn’t matter where you come from,” Drew said. On gameday, in we’re all united by two colors: solid orange and purple. It’s a place unlike any other.”
For a Clemson tailgate, it’s all about traditions, both new and old. It’s also customary to have great food, family, and fun. At his tailgate in Lot 2, Space 672, Drew even has his own “pre-game speech,” channeling his inner Ray Lewis to show Clemson fans to be “All In.”
“It’s something we’ve done for the past few seasons now,” Drew laughed. “And now it’s tradition for us to have this every home game. Rapport is what we want. And every one of us has it.”
If gameday tells us anything about Clemson, it’s that the experience goes beyond the football field. It’s tradition. It’s a way of life. And most of all, it’s part of what makes Clemson a place to be.
July 12, 2019