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Help .. first trip to Clemson

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Oct 25, 2013, 12:35 PM

I have a grandson 11 years old that has been a Clemson fan for the past three years, how I can't figure it out being that I tried everything in my power to get him to follow my Buckeyes.

They are flying into Greenville from Houston and staying there Friday night and driving to the game on Sat. November 23rd. Any tips on parking, what to do and see on campus. They are staying Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Westin returning to Houston Monday.

He has every Clemson jersey, regulation helmet, hats, t-shirts etc. how did I fail him?

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By God, you have an Einstein on your hands! Go with him

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Oct 25, 2013, 12:40 PM

and he'll show you his genius. Serious business, it is exceptional and special Tiger fan or not.

Are the leaves turning yet up there? I hope so

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Kudos for an 11-year old being the smartest person in

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Oct 25, 2013, 12:45 PM

the family ;)

I don't know where to start on answering these questions. Downtown Clemson has a bunch of shops and will be thriving on game day, I suggest they walk up and down the street, visit the stores and take in the atmosphere.

Head to the 55 exchange in Hendrix for some ice cream.

Find some tailgaters with kids about the same age and they will be welcomed there, especially after hearing his story of becoming a Clemson fan.

There will be tons to see...get pictures on Bowman in front of Tillman.

Be sure he's in his seat in time to watch the team run down the hill.

This is important...explain to that young man that when the band plays Tiger Rag, many people in the stadium will make the woohoo noise. Under no circumstances should he do that. It is absolutely NOT a Clemson tradition.

Most importantly though, being a big Clemson fan, tell him to enjoy every minute of it...the first Clemson experience is one that will not be forgotten.

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Oct 25, 2013, 12:46 PM



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Re: Dont forget the end of the stadium w the Hill

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Oct 25, 2013, 12:49 PM

outside of it is the Scrool of Honor for remembering those from CU killed in military service and of course the Hill and the Rock. Those are really worth seeing

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Oct 25, 2013, 12:49 PM

sorry

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He will need something to slide down the hill on. Cannot


Oct 25, 2013, 12:57 PM

leave without hitting the Hill. Our upper deck is like 88 degrees and quite breathtaking at the tip top. He'll like that. Gotta toss the ole football during tailgating. BTW, you'll probably have more folks than you can imagine wanting to show you their sacred grounds. You won't be short changed in hospitality- I can assure you that. Excited for you and your grandson!

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Take that joker to the Esso.***


Oct 25, 2013, 12:47 PM



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There's something in these hills.


That's military appreciation day with the jets!! They fly

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Oct 25, 2013, 12:50 PM

right over the stadium and no matter how often you see it, it's just amazing! Tell them to be in their seats early enough. It'll be a noon or 3:30 game. Why aren't you coming with them??

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Re: That's military appreciation day with the jets!! They fly


Oct 25, 2013, 1:21 PM

76 years old with health problems, tough to travel by air anymore. I'll be home in Houston watching my Buckeyes.

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Ole Barack Saddam Hussein Obama ended that.***

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Oct 25, 2013, 3:06 PM



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There's something in these hills.


Campus drive, Esso, Tailgate, anything downtown....


Oct 25, 2013, 12:56 PM

Then take him to Hooters. Pretty Clemson-y in there.... and bewbs

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Strange Questions for you!

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Oct 25, 2013, 1:07 PM

I have missed 2 home football games in 25 years. That weekend may be #3. My son is testing for his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do that day, so depending on game time, I won't be able to make it. Does your Grandson/Family have tickets yet? If not, for a young Clemson fan who is going to his first game, I will GIVE him my tickets if I can't make it. I have 2 in the lower deck!

So, my next question would be how many people will be with him? Like I say, I MAY have 2 tickets!

I would suggest parking downtown. Get there early. Take in the campus. Take in the sites and sounds. Start to the game about an hour before the game and wait outside for the band to travel around the stadium. Get into your seats early (30 min before game). Watch a little of the warm up, the planes to fly over and the MOST EXCITING 25 SECS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL!

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Re: Strange Questions for you!


Oct 25, 2013, 1:12 PM

We have a connection with a former Heisman winner that knows your AD and they will be well taken care of. You are very kind to offer them, thanks a ton.

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I forgot something!

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Oct 25, 2013, 1:35 PM

I almost forgot! Tell them to wear purple to the game that day. We are trying go have a purple-out for military appreciation day!

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Already seeing how special Clemson is with this post.

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Oct 25, 2013, 1:21 PM

What a Clemson-like move this is! Anyone that post a negative to this post ought to be shot!

You sir are a fine man!

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Re: Already seeing how special Clemson is with this post.

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Oct 25, 2013, 1:37 PM

Thanks! I have been so blessed to be able to make as many games as I have. For a first timer....so exciting. I remember the first game my dad took me too! He has passed now, and I still get choked up everytime they enter the stadium at the top of that GREAT hill from all our great moments. This kid will never forget this moment in his life!

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Growing older I've found that I'm equally rewarded if not


Oct 25, 2013, 1:42 PM

more when you get to give the sacred and cherished thing that meant so much to yourself to someone else. He'll cherish it for the rest of his life just as we do. Good man you are

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Oct 25, 2013, 1:53 PM

He watched the FSU game with me and slept over that night, he was devastated. I spent an hour telling him of all of the suffering I did with Ohio State losses through the years. I did not mention Charlie Bauman #55 and his encounter with Woody Hayes in 1978 when he got fired after the game that Clemson won 17-15 in the Gator Bowl.

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Oct 25, 2013, 3:55 PM

He wasn't the only one! I have left 4-5 games early. My first was the Orange bowl several years ago against WVU! I stuck it out until FSU put the 48th point on the board. Just tell him, as I have learn over the past 10 years (when my family did not come near me after we lost a game), that it is hard to go unbeaten through an entire season! Tell them we hope he has a wonderful time!

I want to share this with you as well. There are always some of "those" fans! I have been all over to games and have only experienced 3 fan bases I cannot stand. Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina. See a pattern there? For the most part, Clemson has wonderful fans. I have heard it from visiting fans and where we have visited. They will have a great time!

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This is what Clemson is about***

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Oct 25, 2013, 1:36 PM



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Oct 25, 2013, 1:28 PM

A few more suggestions would be the Tiger Walk and the Tombstones (they put one up for every win over ranked opponents away from Death Valley) near the new indoor practice facility. If they go over into that area, Doug Kingsmore (baseball stadium) is open to the public so he could venture in there as well. Obviously the key as others have stated is to be in the stadium at kickoff to watch the Tigers run down the hill.

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I have a parking pass for Lot 13 they could have, but i'm

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Oct 25, 2013, 1:33 PM

guessing if they got tickets they prob got a pass too. If not I can mail it to you. The other thing is the band in the amphitheater 90 min before kickoff and I think someone already mentioned Tiger Walk.

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Re: I have a parking pass for Lot 13 they could have, but i'm

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Oct 25, 2013, 1:47 PM

They do not have a parking pass and have no clue where to park and how to find the lot. If you can spare it I am sure they will appreciate it.

Geoff Dunn
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The Woodlands, TX.
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OK, got it. will send tomorrow!***

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Oct 25, 2013, 6:02 PM



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Zoe, you ROCK. That is all***


Oct 25, 2013, 8:47 PM



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Dont forget a traffic memo on


Oct 25, 2013, 10:22 PM

How to get to your parking area, how to get out after the game. Where not to turn and end up going the wrong direction....

Oops, people still use maps on occasion and not Garmins.

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Have you bought a copy of our 1978 game......

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Oct 25, 2013, 1:33 PM

with Ohio State to show him where we beat the Buckeyes? And where Woody Hayes lost his job?

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UUUGH. Me thinks he's fully aware of that. Since he


Oct 25, 2013, 1:36 PM

brought this up, do know Danny Ford apologized just out of GREAT respect for Woody Hayes and not because we were at fault.

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Re: Have you bought a copy of our 1978 game......


Oct 25, 2013, 1:56 PM

I answered that question somewhere on here, good old #55 Charlie Bauman. Knowing Art Schlichter's gambling problem he just might have thrown the game to good old Danny Ford's bunch.

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I really really hate Ohio St...thx Woody for that


Oct 25, 2013, 1:46 PM

but have fun in Clemson :)

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Like your grandson, I did not come from a Clemson family

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Oct 25, 2013, 2:06 PM

I'm often jealous of the people here who share experiences of going to Clemson games with their dad when they were kids.

I can tell you that my dad and my brother are both huge Ohio State fans and go to a lot of games. When I took them to their first Clemson game, while I was a student there, they both agreed that they had never seen anything like it.

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Do not go to the strip club in Seneca***

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Oct 25, 2013, 2:24 PM



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Oct 25, 2013, 2:33 PM

Just kidding

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Go to the Hendrix Center on campus


Oct 25, 2013, 2:37 PM

for some Clemson Ice Cream.

I suggest the dark chocolate chocolate chip or peach.

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Oct 25, 2013, 2:40 PM

as mentioned earlier

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Make sure he goes onto the field after the game

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Oct 25, 2013, 4:19 PM

and bring a Sharpie and something for players to sign (a hat, T-shirt, whatever).

At Clemson we don't charge the field after a big win - we go onto the field after every game, and a lot of players hang around to sign items for kids (and I guess some adults as well). It's a unique tradition - don't know of any other school that does it and I know of one conference that will fine you for it.

Once he does that, and sees the stadium from field level, you can forget the Buckeyes ever being #1 in his mind. But you can shoot for 2nd place!

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If possible, come back to tnet and let us know how things

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Oct 25, 2013, 4:28 PM

went- we take special pride in being the most hospitable of all schools. Even opposing teams and their fan base have often remarked on how enjoyable it was. Great tradition we like to think.

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Oct 25, 2013, 5:10 PM

Since that is Military Appreciation Day, he will enjoy seeing the military history that Clemson has to offer. Take him downtown and walk around the shops. Then walk him across Bowman to see the military displays there (they should be there being MAD day). Then take him around the campus being sure to stop by the Scroll of Honor to see the changing of the guard by the Company C4 Pershing Rifles (had to throw that in, I am a former rifleman). Also be sure to hit the Military Heritage Plaza and show him all the medals displayed there by former Clemson servicemen. I am thrilled for you sir. I hope you have a great time and check back in and let us know how it goes! I'll be around early that day so I'll look for the family in orange! LOL

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Oct 25, 2013, 7:01 PM

I put together a map with a few highlights.

Tiger walk is 2 hours before kick off through (6) Lot 5, which is immediately west of stadium. This is when the team and cheerleaders parade through the crowd into the stadium for warmups. Great opportunity to see coaches and players up close.

Get in your seat early, like 1 hour before KO. Definitely, do the "Meet At The Paw" after the game, where all fans are invited onto the field (win or lose) to meet players. You have to be in lower deck in order to get on the field. There are gates at each end zone, but some folks just jump the wall. Once on the field, it is absolutely a "must-do" to walk to the hill (East Endzone) and up to Howard's Rock. Let him give it a good rub (but don't try to break off a piece!)


I agree with a walk downtown to really get a sense of how the University and town are closely related. I suggest you do this early in the day. From (1) downtown, I'd walk to (2) Tillman Hall (the iconic clock tower). From there, I'd walk through (3) Carillon Garden, by the amphitheater, by the Calhoun house and take Fort Mill St to Death Valley and the (5) Scroll of Honor. You can look through the gate under the score board to see the (4) Rock.

After the game, the baseball stadium is usually open and you can walk through. The new indoor football practice building is also on that end of campus and the (9) tombstones are just outside of it.

My kids would never speak to me again if I didn't take them to get some homemade Clemson ice cream at the (7) 55 Exchange. That is a pretty good walk though and Clemson is not "flat land". We usually drive by there on our way out of town on Sunday. Opens at noon on Sundays.

I hope your grandson has an amazing time in Clemson. I grew up going to Clemson games with my family. Now I'm 48 and take my own family to most home games. It's a very special place.

Hope this helps. Go Tigers!



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+1.***


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Agreed. I'd give him 3 hrs credit on effort alone.***


Oct 25, 2013, 8:55 PM



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Something like that may already be available but if not, the

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Oct 25, 2013, 9:03 PM

University staff should expand and refine it. I imagine the inclusion of some local 'hotspots' would more than pay for the printing of a nice brochure.

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Wholeheartedly agree. Numerous times have I seen inquiries

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Oct 25, 2013, 9:10 PM

on here alone for guides on just the basics. Don't we have a Travel and Tourism major somewhere amongst all that sacredness? Sounds like the perfect project and would only help folks know a bit about Clemson, it's history, and some fun trivia...not to mention keeping them from getting their car towed. I knew what I was doing yet tallied some $ 5,0... well, lets just say it was a substantial amount. =P

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Fever that is great! Any visitor would benefit seeing that.***

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Oct 25, 2013, 9:24 PM



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Gameday Visitor's guide to Clemson?

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Oct 25, 2013, 9:25 PM

Not a bad idea. Downloadable PDF. Post link on opponents' boards before our home games as good will gesture.

Section for nightlife, dining, Clemson traditions, campus vistas, maps with lot#s, walking tour,...

Sponsored by TigerNet?

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Now you're talking. Win-Win scenario and probably 1st of


Oct 25, 2013, 9:28 PM

its kind (typical Clemson cleverness.) Seriously talk to crump about the idea. I think its a marvelous gesture and great marketing for tnet.

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Google docs could be of benefit as you can authorize


Oct 25, 2013, 9:31 PM

others to co-author and amend as time goes by. Great too for timely events such as Homecoming, etc. Once finished you can convert and output in a .pdf format if chosen.

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and public parking info!***

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Oct 25, 2013, 9:29 PM



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the churches downtown offer parking...could mark too where


Oct 25, 2013, 9:38 PM

they'd get towed! On our street they give illegal pkg tickets, but after awhile if it gets really bad they tow. and yes, it's all marked no parking w/tape. if an emergency vehicle can't get through, then all cars are gone.
Stadium tips maybe-like unopened water. Seems someone would help fund such a great project!

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I'll draft something up this weekend and start a new thread


Oct 25, 2013, 9:52 PM

Perhaps we could get a few TNetters to contribute ideas, blurbs, photos. Google Docs may be the best medium to get everyone's ideas together.

Once we have the content nailed down, I'll run it thru InDesign for the first publication.

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Re: I'll draft something up this weekend and start a new thread


Oct 25, 2013, 10:08 PM

http://www.tigernet.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=1287598

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5.5


Oct 25, 2013, 9:25 PM

Parade of cheerleaders and Tiger Band down Avenue of Champions about 45 minutes to kick

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probably a typo... but Fort HILL street (not Fort Mill St.)


Oct 25, 2013, 10:13 PM

:D

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Re: probably a typo... but Fort HILL street (not Fort Mill St.)


Oct 25, 2013, 10:19 PM

Correct. I should know, I lived on that street (Johnstone B-9)

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Oct 26, 2013, 6:30 AM

Fantastic, thanks for the info and tremendous effort on your part.

Greatly appreciated.

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I'll be there that week

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Oct 25, 2013, 9:26 PM

Need a personal tour guide?

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Tiger Band plays in the amphitheatre


Oct 25, 2013, 10:21 PM

90 minutes before the game the band plays a concert and then marches down to the stadium

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Oct 26, 2013, 12:30 AM

Brilliant young man! Likely knows about Woody Hayes. There should be ice skating downtown Greenville at the Marriott. Take him to OP Taylor as well and of course Mast General Store. Might try getting inside Jervey Athletic Center on Saturday morning. Surely someone on here could help. Don't miss Tiger Walk- have him up front where the team steps off the buses. Great photo op ,

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