Defending national champion Clemson is off to a strong start in its back-to-back bid. However, the lack of students at Death Valley this season has drawn some concern.
A story by SB Nation writer Brian Goodison sheds light on the situation. There’s now a new lottery system in place for student to obtain tickets to Clemson games and a new entrance policy to enter the hill segment of the stadium.
According to Grace Raynor of the Post and Courier, Clemson provides 3,000 student tickets for the hill area. Just 1,539 students were on the hill for the most recent home game vs. Wake Forest.
There’s only two gates with a lone person scanning tickets at each gate of the Hill, which is resulting in many students arriving into the stadium well after the Tigers reach the field.
In total, 10,724 student tickets have been allotted each week to Clemson games according to the school’s statistics.
Surprisingly, the highest attended game by students this season was the matchup vs. Kent State (9,122) not ACC games vs. Boston College (7,896) or Wake Forest (7,613)
While the numbers are troubling, Dabo Swinney is confident Clemson will find a way to sort out the situation.
Dabo is asked about student attendance. He reiterates that Death Valley is an awesome environment and that administration will work it out.
— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) October 10, 2017
One Clemson player offered an interesting opinion to the Post and Courier about the student attendance.
“If I’m being honest, I feel like us being such a program that’s been very successful in previous years, I feel like people expect us to blow everyone out. And that’s not the case,” fifth-year linebacker Dorian O’Daniel said. “We’re a target. Whenever people play us, they’re going to bring their ‘A’ game because if they beat the defending national champion, their season’s made. I don’t know.”
“(Students) have to understand that teams are going to play hard,” he said. “We’re not going to blow everybody out.”
Clemson’s next home game is slated for Oct. 28 vs. Georgia Tech.
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