No More Balloons: Clemson ends 30-year tradition of balloon launch


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No more balloons before kickoff at Clemson
No more balloons before kickoff at Clemson

For all of those who love the pageantry and excitement of the Clemson Tigers running down the hill, a part of that tradition is going away this season. There will no longer be a balloon release during the “Most Exciting 25 Seconds in College Football.”

A source confirmed to TigerNet Friday night that the decision was made recently (not made by the Board of Trustees). TigerNet was told that it was a “campus decision” and it had been a “long time coming.” During the 2017 season, only half the number of balloons were released as compared to 2016.

The tradition started during the 1983 season. According to clemsontigers.com, during the 1983 season, Student Body President Mark Wilson came to Athletic Director Bill McLellan with the idea of breaking the existing Guinness Book of World Records mark for a balloon launch. Wilson thought it would be quite a spectacle as the Tigers ran down the Hill prior to the Maryland contest, Clemson’s final home game of the season.

Showing his great organizational skills, and with the fundraising help of IPTAY members, Wilson bought 250 miles of string, 400 tanks of helium, 195 balloon fillers, and somehow got 3,000 Clemson students (without the use of social media) to come to the stadium at 7:00 AM for the 1:00 PM game.

Balloons were filled by 11:30 AM, and at 12:57 PM as the cannon sounded, the Tigers descended the Hill while 363,729 balloons ascended to the heavens.

From the press box, it was almost black, something out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. You can go on YouTube.com and see the video of it. IPTAY collected $28,000 from private donations and the excess money raised was donated to Cooper Library on campus. And yes, Clemson won the game by a score of 52-27.

However, environmental groups have said that the balloon launch is a danger to the environment, including loggerhead turtles on the South Carolina coastline.


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spacer The massive release of orange doves that replaces this will be spectacular!
tiger_swimmer®
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kerigantoo®
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tiger_swimmer®
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kerigantoo®
spacer I think the limit is 15 - I'll be in lot 2 - disregard the
terrier2®
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kerigantoo®
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spacer Re: The massive release of orange doves that replaces this will be spectacular!***
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spacer send them to the visiting teams' benches***
Neal in NC®
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Carlsbad®
spacer They would probably eat baby turtles...........***
Lakedude
spacer Spray painting doves orange is tuff...the critters wiggle
El Jefe
spacer I will volunteer to paint the doves orange.***
Neal in NC®
spacer Was at that game and remember it vividly.
haynous®
spacer Re: Was at that game and remember it vividly.
kerigantoo®
spacer Re: Was at that game and remember it vividly.
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Captain Midnight
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kerigantoo®
spacer I was there filling balloons that morning too and yes
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B9TIGER®
spacer So... does that wrap up coverage of the cookout?***
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spacer better idea.
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kerigantoo®
spacer That's what I've read as well
TigersAndCubs
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spacer The only thing I can figure is that all those balloons
tigrjm76®
spacer it’s helped control the coot
ctigers90
spacer It’s the right thing to do. Go Tigers!***
Tiger Nana®
spacer Balloons replaced by SNOWFLAKES. Sad, sad times.
nosmelC®
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BurntOrangeNWPurple®
spacer Bad sarcasm or ignorance personified.***
cmj2086
spacer Cars kill more turtles in a month than ballon fragments in
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CtLiEgMeSrOsN®
spacer And the left strikes again. Everything that is good and
thetigerdaddy®
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gvltiger81
spacer Apparently liking our planet is political.
cmj2086
spacer Re: Apparently liking our planet is political.
TigerMarine78®
spacer Re: Apparently liking our planet is political.
GeerH
spacer Assume it's due to lazy students not wanting to do the work***
tigerdave2®
spacer Makes sense and probably a very long time coming.***
Clemson81to85
spacer Simply applying the principal of "don't shyat were you eat"
PACIFIC BEACH TIGER
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kerigantoo®
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CUsouix®
spacer It's not about what's" around" it..
PACIFIC BEACH TIGER
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spacer Excuse me? I studied this is science class in grad school
PACIFIC BEACH TIGER
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PACIFIC BEACH TIGER
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85tiger2010
spacer edit: where not were
PACIFIC BEACH TIGER
spacer Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!***
prudentialtiger
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CUtimes2®
spacer Geez..we’ve lost Dan’s Burgers, Kickerbocher’s Downtown, Clemson House & now
lightbulbbill®
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kerigantoo®
spacer Who cares? No biggee.***
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gvltiger81
spacer We want the balloons gawt ###### !
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spacer I get the sarcasm
84TigerDad®
spacer It's not a 30-year tradition
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spacer In the early 80’s, single balloons were handed out and in
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spacer Seems like a good challenge for an Engineering class....
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spacer The sea turtles??
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84TigerDad®
spacer I was there
under11par®
spacer Messing with the karma
Cobbox
spacer Messing with the karma
Cobbox
spacer Messing with the karma
Cobbox
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sumterranger
spacer Re: So whats next---no more straws ??
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spacer What a great precedent!
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spacer Hate this!
84TigerDad®
spacer I bet the students who wanted this
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spacer Next thing you know, the P.C. police will be demanding that
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spacer Shhhh.... Actual facts might be too much for them.***
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spacer Well...there were no balloons when the 1981 championship
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spacer maybe just get rid of this ‘environment’
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spacer That started after we got screwed by the NCAA ..
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