Memorial Stadium's home team locker room used to be in Fike Fieldhouse. Running down the hill was literally the fastest way for the team to enter the stadium. Before the 1970 season we moved the home team locker room inside the stadium so it was no longer necessary to run down the hill. Some of the players felt we lost a enthusiasm boost and possible phycological advantage when we stopped running down the hill before the game. I believe it was defensive back Ben Anderson who campaigned to coach Hootie Ingram to reinstate the tradition before the 1972 SC game.
Because one of the most forgettable Clemson coachs thought it was wasted time to board the busses, go around the stadium, and get out and run down the hill. He was the coach when the idea for the Tiger Paw was born. Ten TUs for any Tnetter that can name this coach without looking it up.
...back in the 70's that the team could not get down the hill with them all in the way. Then in the late 70's we built the TOP DECK SOUTH followed by the TOP DECK NORTH in the early 80's and that relieved the problem with students blocking the run down the hill. Now there's room to run.