Game Day Improvements

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Clemson athletic director Dan RadakovichDan Radakovich
Director of Athletics
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wisely put in place a fan advisory committee a couple of years ago to help the athletic department improve the game day experience at Clemson. The Solid Orange Fan Advisory (SOFA) Board as been hard at work and later today, Clemson will release their "15 for 15" improvements for Memorial Stadium.

I like knowing that Clemson is listening to its fans, and the fans have a voice.

Here is my list of improvements I would like to see in Death Valley:


I am a stat guy, but stats have been almost non-existent in Death Valley. There is no permanent statistic section of the scoreboard like you see at Florida State or Florida. In Doak Campbell, they have running team totals for each team's rushing, passing and total yards. The stats are updated after every play.

Clemson has done more statistics on their ribbon boards in recent years, but the stats are often wrong and are not current. It would be nice to know that Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
So. Quarterback
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Gainesville, GA

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is 12 of 15 for 152 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Updated Scores

This seems to be a no-brainer, but for some reason at Clemson this seems hard. If we could put a man on the moon, it seems like we could get a updated scores. Often games will be in the fourth quarter but the boards at the stadium may still say halftime. Sometimes the game times are wrong.

Cell Phone Coverage

Every year I keep hearing about how the cell coverage is going to be better. I have yet to see it. I even switched companies last year, and it was even worse even though we were told it would be better. If you are in Death Valley, you would have an easier time getting the right call from Ron Cherry instead of receiving a phone call on your cell phone.

Highlights and Live Action

Last year I enjoyed one of unique experiences I have been a part of in Death Valley. Clemson's game had just ended, and the band was playing the alma mater. The video board switched over to the South Carolina-Missouri game and the 20,000 fans still left in Death Valley had a chance to watch the Tigers finish off the upset of South Carolina. It was a pretty electric atmosphere and one I wish we could see more.

I think it would be great if we got a chance to see highlights of top games or upsets during timeouts or at halftime.

Less Awards and Check Presentations

It seems like every time out the school president or athletic director have to go out into the west end zone for another check presentation or to give another award. I know these people often want their time in the limelight, but I wish there were bigger minimums for the check presentations. It seems like the presentations get watered down due to the frequency each week.

More Hype Videos

I love the hype video they show of the off-season conditioning program at the start of the fourth quarter. It would suit me to have more hype videos during time outs.

More Historical Videos

I love videos of former Tiger greats, or great Clemson wins. It never gets old to go back and revisit some of the best moments in school history.

Fewer Boring Videos

Some of the videos are buzz kill. I know everyone wants their cause or their department to be recognized, but timeouts get boring with some of the non-football videos. I think we need to remember this is a football game.

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Thomasville, GA

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, Alvin Sammons, Georgine McAlhaney, Glen Davis, Mike Price, Clay Childers, Aaron Knight, Danielle Johnston and family, Nicholas Abrams, Lana Kuykendall, Gary, Gary G., William Huggins, Jim Bennett, Chantz Fowler, Ethel McElveen, Michele Gurganus, William Gentry, Lewis Usher and Tanya Sanders, Shon Cooper, Nick Collins, Amanda Peake, Danny Hammond, Chip Turner, Nick Collins, Allen Steen, the Sturkey family, the Lance family, Nick Chrisley's family, Allison Williams, Lt. Kyle Walker, Summer and Joel Johnson, Nicole O'Donnell, James O. Johnson, Joy Pruett and family, Bill Schmidt, Jack Bailey, Gardner Family, Charles Turner, Kathy Bartholomew, Ray Sanders, David and Robin Blocker, J.R. Ray, Kenneth Kowe, Lauren Sielicki, Jenna Phipps, Mark Lawrence, Jonathan and Jacki Sullins, Peter Laboy, Kat and Carlisle Jones, Elizabeth Galloway and family, Anita McDonald, Willard Harryman, Liz Surratt, Molly Senn, Jackie Shearer, Richard Sellers, Tim Drisdelle, Susan and Mike Brown, Julie Goodman Marshall, Willard and Dorothy Harryman, Justin Jernigan, Jack Cunningham, Mia Daughtery, Tee Senn, Bob Garrett, Skylar, Joseph Thomas, Mrs. Nelis, Jeanne Thompson, Sean Rowell, George Parker, Levon KirklandLevon Kirkland
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and family, Catherine Sewell, Randy Davenport, David Vaughn, Keith Dalton, B.T., Bill Hilbig, Rita Elrod Hammond and family, Jim McKeller, Tony Alewine, Sharon Storck, Dick Baird, Richard Bagnal, Dustin and Brittany Peurifoy, Jan Allan, Josh Cox, Gregg and Sylvia Lewis, Travis Hamrick, Kaki Harmon, Jammie McKellar and babies, Karen Edwards, Jackson Lindsey, Cathy Hutson Gregg, Kristin Heckman, Jennifer Johnson, Jay Johnson, Lyndsie Johnson, Emily Davis, Hayes Davis, Judy Towe, Johnny Towe, Ken Brown, Elaine Brown, Rhonda Thompson, Tim Davis, Jacob Greinke, Jack Finley, Richard and Clara Crawford, Zach and Griffin Johnson, Israel, Frankie Allen, Bobby Allen, the Wessinger family, the Parsons family, Todd Price and family, Rosemary A Flynn, Dr. Mickey Shealy family, Mr. Gillespie, Bobbi Nicholson, Earl Gilstrap, Dr. Matt Stower, Tyler Kemmerlin, Parks Hutto, Patrick DeStefanoPatrick DeStefano
Offensive Line (2012 - 2013)
#71 6-5, 275
Spartanburg, SC

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, Robert Summerville, Wendell Harrington, Michelle Richey, Julie Moore, Ashley Fitch, Drew Moyer, Kevin Anderson, Lyn Price, John Robert SmithRobert Smith
Safety (2011 - 2014)
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St. George, SC

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, Allison Williams, Nicholas Wickiser, Lena Wright, Donna Springs, Elizabeth Bruner, Bobbi Simpson, Hammond Family, Elaine G. Duvall, Addison Grace, Bennie CunninghamBennie Cunningham
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Seneca, SC

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, Kevin Orcutt, and our great country and the men and women in uniform that protect and serve it every day, plus their families.

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