CLEMSON -- Increased security efforts resulting from last week's
terrorist attacks will change a few Clemson University football
routines and traditions on Saturday.
For the rest of the season, backpacks, tote bags and other
carryalls will not be allowed in the stadium. In fact, fans are
discouraged from even bringing purses because any bag, including
diaper bags, will be subject to search.
Once inside the football stadium, fans will not be allowed to
exit and return. The change in the policy allowing "pass-outs" is
initially for this Saturday only but may be extended.
"We understand that this changes a long-standing Clemson
tradition, but we hope all of our fans will understand that this is
necessary for security reasons," said Clemson Athletic Director Bobby
Bomb squad experts and bomb-sniffing dogs from the city of
Anderson will be on hand to check the stadium and cars parked near it.
Everyone attending the game should have an official form of
photo identification with them at all times.
Planes will be restricted from flying over the stadium, and there
will be no through traffic on roads during the game.
"These measures are purely precautionary to ensure that
everyone can come to the game and enjoy themselves," said Mary Poore,
associate vice president for municipal services.
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 22
CLEMSON -- Military Appreciation Day at Clemson couldn't
come at a better time. With the nation gearing up for a war
on terrorism, Americans and Tiger football fans Saturday
will show their colors -- red, white, blue...and orange.
The Clemson Corps and the Army and Air Force ROTC
detachments at Clemson University have designated Sept. 22
as Military Appreciation Day. The original plan of
activities has been amended in remembrance of those
victimized by last week's terrorist attacks in New York City
and Washington, D.C.
The program will start with a moment of silence at the
beginning of the football game. Seventy Army and Air Force
cadets, who are recipients of Clemson Corps scholarships,
will unfurl a giant American flag during halftime. Pershing
Rifles will fire a 21-gun salute, followed by the playing of
The event will include a pre-game appearance by some Clemson
alumni who were once held as prisoners of war and a military
equipment display on Bowman Field. More than 10,000 Clemson
alumni have served during major conflicts including the
Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korean War,
Vietnam War and Desert Storm. Nearly 500 of these alumni
sacrificed their lives when their nation called them to
"Thousands of Clemson men and women have served in the Armed
Forces," said Dawson Luke, a Clemson Corps board member and
chairman of the corps' operations committee. "Military
Appreciation Day will recognize the contributions of the
Clemson military personnel."
The Clemson alumni and former prisoners of war scheduled to
participate in Saturday's events are:
* Retired Army Col. Ben Skardon, Class of 1938, is a
survivor of the Bataan Death March. Col. Skardon spent three
years and four months as a prisoner of war in the
Philippines, Japan and China
* Former Army 1st Lt. Bill Funchess, Class of 1948, spent
two years and 10 months as a prisoner of war in Korea
* Retired Air Force Col. Bill Austin, Class of 1959, spent
five years and six months as a prisoner of war in Vietnam
* Retired Navy Cmdr. Bob Fant, Class of 1960, spent four
years and eight months as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Nearly 1,000 Junior ROTC cadets from South Carolina, North
Carolina and Georgia are expected to attend the game.
Various pieces of Army equipment will be on display on
Bowman Field., including a military chemical detection
system and an Army of One recruiting "HUMMWV"vehicle.
The football game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 Saturday
evening, and fans are encouraged to replace the usual sea of
orange in the stadium with the patriotic colors of red,
white and blue. Organizers encourage game-goers to bring
small American flags and to be in the stands by 5:15 p.m.