First Look: How Clemson football fans will be spaced out in Death Valley
The Clemson football team will open up their 2020 home season this weekend against The Citadel Bulldogs Saturday afternoon in Death Valley.
The Tigers defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons this past weekend 37-13 in Winston-Salem in front of no fans, but the atmosphere will be a little different this time around as they take the field.
It’s already been confirmed that Clemson football players will still run down the hill as normal and that the Tiger Band will take up The Hill this year. Clemson announced in August that it was approved for a plan to hold 19,000 fans in the stadium this fall, with a little more than 2,000 of those tickets set aside for students.
But what would that look like? We’ve seen other colleges throughout the conference and nation- such as Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma and Texas, to name a few- and what their stadiums looked like. But what will it look like with 19,000 Clemson football fans in attendance on Saturday?
Tiger Illustrated’s Larry Williams shared photos on his Twitter account of the orange chairbacks and their placements within the stadium.
In a pandemic world, this set up doesn’t look that bad for Clemson football
We’ve been very careful to say that Clemson football fans shouldn’t complain about the things taken away this fall so long as there is football on the field.
We all know that 19,000 Tiger fans won’t be near as noisy or electric as 81,500 in attendance. That being said, Clemson Athletics is doing the best it can and it seems they’ve found a pretty decent solution.
Yes, it will still look different, but the fact of the matter is this: When you have fans taking up all of those orange chairs- and you have the band on The Hill- you’re talking about something that still looks somewhat similar to the normal product and certainly will provide somewhat of an atmosphere for those in attendance.
No, it won’t be the normal Death Valley this season. But you’ve got to give the Athletic Department credit. They’ve done the best they could with what they had to work with and I think Clemson football fans are going to be pleasantly surprised with how the stadium looks, sounds and feels on Saturday when the Tigers take the field.