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I agree with you 100%. It's been about 20 years since I last made it to Memorial Stadium. I looked at my friend midway thru the game and told him that I used to be intimidated by this place. Then I said this has to be the cheesiest, most outdated atmosphere in D1 football.
On another note, is there a more difficult place to get out of after a game, than Clemson?
If there is, I don't want to be there. Dang.
My buddy was in Lot 14, he didn't hit Perimeter Rd. until after 3am. RIDICULOUS.
As far as the game atmosphere, this was my first game at Memorial Stadium... I was ready to be blown away by the whole 'most exciting 25 seconds' BS... but the truth is, it was quite underwhelming. NOTHING compared to 2001, the buildup, the crescendo, the entire stadium screaming and vibrating. The crowd barely made any noise when they all ran down the hill.
Exactly what is so exciting?
The only crowd participation they do is a massive spelling contest. Many of the Tiger fans around me made multiple mistakes while spelling out Clemson Tigers. And again, what is so exciting about SPELLING?!?!!? Are they that worried about proving that they can spell? And if so, why were there so many mistakes in the execution of said spelling?
I will say a couple positive things though, mostly about the tailgating:
1) Every Clemson fan around us was very welcoming, polite, humble... we had several offers to join other tailgates, people stopping to talk to us and overall just felt very welcome. We tailgated in Lot 14 by their track and practice fields.
2) I do admit I enjoyed the outdoors-iness of the tailgating area we were in. There were trees, bodies of water (small lakes I guess???) and overall it just felt more like we were at a festival than at a tailgate. It was very nice.
3) Inside the stadium, the crowd was almost entirely orange - we are getting better about this with the garnet at our home games, but I think this is clearly something that Clemson does better than we do.
Some bad things about the stadium itself:
1) We had trouble finding our designated gate. You can apparently ONLY enter the gate you're assigned to, the signs are very unclear and in the midst of everything they cordoned off the sidewalks to let some folks off the bus (band I guess???) and we got trapped.
2) The line for the men's room wrapped around the stadium, what is the deal with that???
3) Odd-numbered seats on one side of the aisle, even numbers on the other? HUH??
Just my thoughts as a first-timer at Memorial...
I'll be yo huckleberry...
Those lyrics didn't describe their current state of mind, but "livin on a prayer" did!! I couldn't believe they played it, & I was STUNNED when people began singing wholeheartedly!! It was like a universal acknowledgment of the perception of the football program. At least, that's the way I heard it.....
You make good points on the pregame tailgating experience and the overall atmosphere. I will say that most Clemson fans were kind and good spirited before the game, however most of these same fans turned sour after the game.
I think their pregame sweetness was based on the confidence they had going into the game. Then reality arrived.
Watching on TV I heard that. I could not believe my ears. Bon Jovi? Living on a Prayer? Seriously? They do some pretty silly things, but that by far takes the cake.
There was a young Clemson couple in front of us and when they played that song the girl sang it at the top of her lungs. I'm pretty sure I heard dogs howling from far away. It was awful.
I do think our concession stands run much more smoothly than Willy B...since I got married, I don't get up there as much as I used to, but that's probably the only real advantage over yall I see. Maybe it was just the line I was in, but many more employees working and much more organized it seemed.
Sorry you didn't enjoy it, usually people have an overall good time tailgating and watching a game at Clemson.
Fear the Fish
10 seconds???lol He goes on and on.. The camera finally just goes to commercial. He is a JOKE !!!!
A drunk Clemson fan almost jumped on a 120 lb female while I was there
She had on a gamecock shirt and just out of the blue he yells a few things I can't post here . She tells him to watch his mouth ( she's a fireball). He wanted to fight
Needless to say his buddy jumped in before I beat everyone in orange near us senseless . Then a cop stepped up... And told us to keep moving
Completely out of the blue the first thing he said was about her wearing a gamecock shirt
Trashy bunch Up there
Ever worn gamecock gear to memorial stadium ?
I've been to sporting events of all kinds all over the place . Nothing is worse than wearing a gamecock shirt into Clemson . I've been to a friggin Raiders game! Dodgers/giants . Atlanta/ Philly . Panthers / falcons
Every other year I hear more stories and gamecock fans saying they will never go back
Some complete D bags up there . I've been threatened , attacked , and spit on . Watched drunk Clemson fans rat on drinking Carolina fans just to get them yanked .
I will say I've been to several games where everything was fine . I've sat with some great Clemson fans over the years
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1) band amplified in my ear (section tdk) was just too much. I thought it was beaming just from side of scoreboard but sounds like yall are saying it goes out front too. That's sad....
2) traffic is a nightmare. Took us almost two hours to get off campus. And we even waited 45ish minutes to pull off. I literally don't know how their fans deal with that. Feel bad for the highway patrol who started at 11am (asked one while sitting in traffic on way out). No way they clocked out by 3am.
3) did concessions and restroom during random teams so I don't have to wait in line. No problems there.
4) thankful their security is lax so I could bring my flask in and sip on beam so I didn't freeze to death.
That's because USUALLY it's acc or soco fans visiting. We SEC fans are used to major football event atmosphere instead of the circus/flea market atmosphere that was at ur joint.
You guys all list a lot of things that were gay, but you missed the gayest. Their kick off specialist dancing on their video board prior to their kickoffs was hilarious.
This post was edited by madcock 20 months ago
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