First time in South Carolina? No worries. BC Interruption has got you covered to make your trip for the BC-Clemson enjoyable.
What: Boston College Eagles vs. Clemson Tigers
When: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Where: Clemson Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
Touristy Things To See For First-Timers
When traveling to Clemson you won't be flying into Clemson International so its much more likely you will be flying into Charlotte or Atlanta. Thinking of catching an NFL game on Sunday after watching BC play? Unfortunately that won't happen because the Atlanta Falcons have a bye week and the Carolina Panthers are playing at Minnesota. Plenty of other things to do in either of those major cities though. Atlanta is home to the largest aquarium in the world. The Georgia Aquarium has tanks holding 8 million gallons of water.
Where To Stay
Clemson, SC is a small college town so if you have not already booked a hotel in Clemson for a football weekend, you might be too late. Look for hotels heading up towards Greenville, SC or you could go the route of renting a house or condo on the lake. Lake Hartwell runs right along the Clemson campus and many families have summer rentals that they also make available for football weekends in the fall. Look in Seneca and Clemson, SC for the closest rentals with Anderson, SC also being an option. Lake Keowee is also very close and since you'll most likely be traveling by car and not boat, houses on Lake Keowee will be closer than some available on Lake Hartwell.
Where to Hang Out / What To Eat
Before and after the game, the Esso Club is the most popular place to have an adult beverage followed by Tiger Town Tavern which Brian and myself have visited every time we are in town.
For a good cheap burger, check out Mac's Drive-In which is a staple for all Clemson students. Afterward, go by '55 Exchange to enjoy a milkshake where the ice cream is made by Clemson students.
If you are a golfer, play The Walker Course. This is Clemson's own golf course and is right on Lake Hartwell. It is semi-private but football weekends are always busy so plan ahead. The 17th hole will remind you of where you are as the green and greenside bunkers combine to create a tiger paw that is clearly visible from the tee. The Walker Course has been rated as the 9th best collegiate course in the country and as the best public course in the upstate of South Carolina so you won't be disappointed.
Clemson University's tailgating rules are the opposite of Boston College's. Feel free to come as early as you would like and stay late. Open flame grilling is permitted in all football lots. All the lots closest to the stadium are reserved but you can pay for parking when you arrive, just be prepared for a longer walk to the stadium.