|Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 10:27 AM- -|
After practice yesterday
Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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I had planned on blog on that subject and will probably touch on the subject, especially in the secondary, later this week. But I ran across something yesterday that I know many of you will be interested in for the first game against Georgia.
Some of my friends in IPTAY tell me that they get more complaints about donors' parking location than their seat location. Tailgating at Clemson is huge and I understand why some many Tiger fans take it so serious.
But yesterday I went out on the rugby field (Lot 13 for you football tailgaters) and my mind immediately went into disaster mode. It still extremely wet on Lot 13. We have had more rain this year than any year I can remember and many of these grass lots still have standing water on them as of yesterday.
The last two months have given the area record rain and the ground is saturated in many areas. What would we do if we had a big rain in the days leading up to the Georgia game? Normally this is not a big issue but many areas can't handle much more water.
I know the university is having its yearly game day logistical meeting tomorrow and my guess is that contingency plans will be considered.
There are some positives to consider. First, the Georgia game is still 18 days away. That is plenty of time for the fields to drain if we don't have anymore major rains leading up to the event.
The grounds people at the university have had to deal with water issue for the past two months and they have some experience at this. One of the worries last week was the indoor practice facility because the moat around the practice field was overflowing. The water level never got high enough for extreme concern but the pumps behind the practice field are sending water into Lake Hartwell and out of the moat.
Another piece of good news is that many of the parking spaces are paved lots, which should have little to no concern.
The areas I would be concerned about are:
Lot 1 in front of Fike, Lot 2 behind the North stands, Lot 3 Littlejohn, Lot 4 Jervey Meadows, Lot 13 Rugby field and Lot 14 the practice fields areas.
Other grass spaces on campus don't have major traffic entering and exiting, so a few cars are not a huge concern. But Lot 13 has several hundred cars entering and exiting from one or two areas. Lot 1 has one entrance.
Can you imagine how tough and muddy it will be getting hundreds of cars in and out of one entrance? Maybe plywood would help. Would gravel help?
Yesterday there was still standing water on the rugby field and I would be concerned about the water table there. The Walker Course has had to close the front side for several days because of the drainage issues in recent weeks. Many of my friends homes and businesses in the Clemson area have been flooded and some are concerned that there is nowhere for the water to go if we have another storm.
I wonder what the reaction of the fans who park in these lots would be? Will they be warned and have a choice to park at their own risk? Will we see fifty tow trucks in the Clemson area on August 31st? Can you imagine how bad it would be trying to tow cars out of dark lots after midnight?
Would the university consider satellite lots and CAT buses? Would fans use them or take their chances? Would they be given that choice? Is there a way to help the drainage? Is there a way to help ease the traffic at the entrances by creating more entrances? It does not help knowing there will be another 35,000 people here that weekend that are coming without a ticket to get into the game.
My guess is that these will be the questions and answers that will come out of tomorrows' meeting. I would also think that fans would be given plenty of notice with any contingency plans.
I would imagine that many fans would understand if the university did not want to ruin the lots for the rest of the season but I still would not want to answer the phones at IPTAY on Monday, September 2. I am also glad I would not have to make that call.
So as the Tigers prepare for a huge game against Georgia, lets hope that Mother Nature is kind to us and we avoid a potential huge logistical nightmare with parking in our grass lots. RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY!
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