1. Running Down the Hill
Clemson has one of the most well known and exciting entrances in college football. Before every game, the team makes its way around the stadium to the east side where they gather at the top of the hill around Howard’s Rock. Once everyone has gathered together, the cannon is fired, and the band plays Tiger Rag as the players run down the hill and onto the field. The Clemson entrance really gets the fans going and is something that every college football fan should experience once.
2. Howard’s Rock
Before every game, Tigers players rub the rock as they run down the hill for good luck. The tradition started in 1966 when IPTAY director Gene Willimon was instructed by legendary coach Frank Howard to get rid of the rock, which had been given to Howard by his friend Samuel Columbus Jones who found it in Death Valley, California. Willimon mounted the rock at the top of the hill in the east end zone where it has stayed ever since.
3. The South’s Best Tailgate
Tigers fans have earned the honor of being named the South’s best tailgate by Southern Living. If you’re in Clemson for a game make sure to get to the game early as the tailgates here are a fantastic experience that you won’t want to miss.
4. “Tiger Rag”
This famous jazz standard has a special place at Clemson as it is the school’s fight song. Fans love to belt out the spelling of Clemson at the end of the song as they root for their team to victory.
5. The History
Memorial Stadium is a fantastic facility that has hosted numerous notable games over the course of its lifetime. The Tigers have won 227 games here over the last 63 years including an undefeated national championship season in 1981. Witness the making of history by attending a game at historic Clemson Memorial Stadium.
6. The Loudest Fans
Clemson fans are some of the loudest in the country. In fact, they even set the record for loudest stadium in 2007 when the noise level at Memorial Stadium was recorded at 133 decibels. If you’re going to a Tigers game be prepared to get loud and support your team.
7. The Graveyard
The Graveyard is the special way that Clemson commemorates road victories over ranked opponents. Whenever the Tigers beat a ranked opponent on the road, they add a tombstone to the victory graveyard, which is located at the entrance to the team’s practice facility. If you get to the game, early make sure to check this one of a kind monument out.
8. Ring of Honor
Players and coaches who make a profound impact on the Clemson football program are immortalized by being put into the ring of honor. Members of the ring of honor include Frank Howard, Steve Fuller, Danny Ford, and the 1981 team that won the National Championship. Look for the ring of honor at the game to learn more about the Legends of Clemson football.
9. First Friday Parade
The annual Friday parade before the first game of the year kicks off the Clemson football season. The parade runs down Main Street until it reaches the Amphitheater and features a variety of floats representing different student groups at Clemson. If you’re going to be in town for the first game of the season, come a day early so that you can be part of the festivities.
10. The Alma Mater Salute
After every game, Clemson fans hold their hands high like they are holding a hat as the band plays the Alma Mater. Join in this tradition to show off your Clemson passion and pride.