Clemson Celebrates the "Spirit of the Southland" at First Friday

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CLEMSON, SC - Thousands of Tiger fans are expected to descend on Historic Riggs Field this Friday at 7:30 PM when the Clemson men's soccer team hosts Mercer. The game is part of Clemson University's annual First Friday celebration.

Friday's festivities kick off with the annual First Friday Parade at 6 PM. This year's theme is "Spirit of the Southland." The parade will begin in front of the President's House at the intersection of Cherry Road and S.C. 93 and proceed up Highway 93 toward downtown. It will end at Historic Riggs Field where a pep rally, including Tiger Band, the cheerleaders, and Rally Cats, will commence before the game. The parade float winners, as well as Miss First Friday will be announced at halftime. This year's Grand Marshal is Head Baseball Coach Jack Leggett.

At 7:30 PM the Tigers will kick off the game against the Bears in front of what they hope will be a record crowd. In 2011, nearly 7,500 fans attended the game, which was the largest crowd on record for a regular season game at Historic Riggs Field. The Tigers are hoping to break that record this year.

Immediately following the conclusion of the soccer game, the Coca-Cola Zero Countdown to ESPN College GameDay Concert will kick off in Johnstone Meadows. The concert will feature local artist Doug McCormick. Free Coke Zero will be available for fans and the event is expected to last about an hour.

Admission to the parade, pep rally, soccer game and concert are free. Fans are encouraged to show their Tiger Pride by wearing orange.

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