Clemson Modifies Post-Game Tradition, Makes Other Safety Enhancements


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CLEMSON - Clemson University will modify its football
post-game traditions in an effort to improve safety while maintaining
fan access to the field, starting with the Georgia game on August 30. Called "Gathering at the Paw," the post-game tradition will begin at
the conclusion of home games when Tiger Band plays the Clemson Alma
Mater. Coaches and players will gather at the paw to meet with fans
for autographs and photos while the band performs. Event staff will
be on hand to direct fans to designated field access areas near the
east end zone.


"We believe this "Gathering at the Paw" will enhance the family
atmosphere that Clemson is known for," said Terry Don Phillips,
director of athletics. "We want to thank the team, coaches and Tiger
Band for their support of school spirit."

Gathering at the Paw was one recommendation made by a task
force created after last year's University of South Carolina game,
when fans stormed the field and tore down a goal post, leading to
several injuries. The task force, comprising officials in university
security, student affairs and athletics, as well as fans and
students, was asked to find ways to improve safety and maintain
traditions important to fans.

"Our highest priority is ensuring the safety of everyone
attending and participating in the game," said Almeda Jacks, vice
president for student affairs. "At the same time, we want to maintain
the traditions that make Clemson football a treasured family
experience."

Other safety enhancements include reducing the number of
people with access to the east end zone area known as "the hill,"
increasing bike patrols and security personnel, and increasing
enforcement of alcohol statutes, including the university's existing
ban on kegs.

Clemson plans once again to allow pass-outs, which means fans
can leave and be readmitted at designated entrances. However, those
fans will have to go through the same level of security screening as
they did upon entering the stadium. If the nation's law enforcement
agencies are placed on high alert, the pass-out policy may be
suspended.

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