Why live in Clemson SC?
There’s nothing quite like being at a Clemson college football game. Something about being among 90,000 cheering fans, amid a sea of orange, all pulling for the same team at the exact same time…there is a real feeling of oneness in that. You celebrate together, you complain together. Mostly celebrating in 2016!
I grew up in Clemson, S.C., and I went to virtually every home game the Clemson Tigers played in Death Valley. I remember when it didn’t have upper decks or lights, and the best seats in the house were not seats at all, but rather general admission, which got you a spot on the grass on the hill in the end zone. Of course, this was the opinion of a kid growing up who didn’t mind sitting on the ground in the rain…I’m not sure I would still agree with that assessment.
There is a tradition in Clemson for the annual Homecoming game. First, there is the Friday night “Tigerama” which is a where the fraternities and sororities put on skits that have a central theme…this year’s theme was “Roaring Horizons.” This is a competitive event where each group will put their spin on the theme; a winner will be announced at the game during halftime the following day. The show is followed by one of the most impressive fireworks displays in the Upstate!
Another tradition associated with Homecoming is the Float competition on Bowman Field. This is where the fraternities and sororities conceptualize, design and build these floats, some of them HUGE and intricate, to illustrate some aspect of the event at hand — the Homecoming football game. They are also encouraged to incorporate a global element in their theme but are not required to do so. Most stick with the basics of Tigers snuffing out a Hurricane (they played Miami this year) or something simple, but some got really creative. Needless to say, the creative efforts tend to win. They use wood for support/structure, chicken wire for the “canvas,” and crepe paper to stuff in the holes of the wire to create the image. Pretty cool.
So, that’s the deal with life in a college town of Clemson SC. I loved growing up in Clemson. My husbands mom worked at the University, and I knew a lot of people there. My guy friends and I used to go through the athletic dorms during the day and knock on the doors and see who would answer. If we knew them we would talk to them and ask for their autograph. Looking back, 1) I don’t know why somebody didn’t say something about a girl being in a guy’s dorm (although I was a total tomboy–ball cap and all), and 2) I am surprised at how nice most of them were…how they would take the time to talk to us and tell us about their families back home. We met Wayne “Tree ” Rollins, Stan Rome, Skip Wise, William “The Refrigerator” Perry (that man had the biggest hands I have ever seen)…and lots more. We thought we were so cool.
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