Clemson, South Carolina is one of my favorite locations on the face of this wonderful earth. I went to undergrad nearby Clemson, and went to almost every single home football game for four consecutive years, in addition to visiting bi-weekly. There are a million reasons for one to love Clemson, but to me, three reasons stand out: football, community, and family time.
Death Valley roaring with excitement, the players running down The Hill, Howards Rock, the cannon going off to congratulate the Tigers, Tiger Rag- these traditions and many more are what greet game goers and players alike on game day in Clemson. Unless you yourself experience firsthand a home football game at Clemson, you really do not understand how unified you can feel with the thousands of people surrounding you. No, I am not biased. I have been to other college football stadiums and tried my best to experience it in full, however, it just does not compare. Everyone should attend a home Clemson football game once in your lifetime- I promise you that you will not regret it.
Another thing about Clemson that I love is the quaint town itself. The lush lawns, the rolling hills, the old brick buildings, the mountains in the background, the lake, the seclusion of it all. In my experience, it is rare to find a public college where the university is all together in location. Most college towns are broken apart by corporate office buildings, living quarters that are not geared towards college students, and the like. Clemson is not at all like this. The whole town is geared towards college students. You can safely walk anywhere your heart desires, almost all restaurants have a student discount, and also, bars and coffee shops everywhere the eye can see! Who could want more? Oh wait… the big kicker- even if it is not game day, you will see at least 75% of the population in orange. Glorious.
Now for the main reason I love this part of the South- my family. Clemson is where I associate quality time with my in-laws. My mother-in-law is a rock star when it comes to making the perfect tailgating spread, and making everyone feel loved and welcomed. My father-in-law always has my back to make sure that all my questions are answered when I did not see the last play or when I just am an unschooled football novice. I also love seeing my husband and how happy he gets to go to Clemson. He could not be happier than when we go and visit- he loves it so much that he hopes we will one day retire in the beautiful town. I love seeing my husband’s side of the family in their “natural element”. During our time together in Clemson, no one is ever left out, and everyone leaves with fond memories when the weekend is over.
My challenge to all of you? Get some Clemson home game football tickets. I can’t wait to see you there!