7. Clemson Tigers
Clemson made it a point to make the game-day experience even better five years ago. Some of the upgrades impacted the highest-paying clients (luxury boxes and such), but there are some necessary adjustments like better Wifi, improved bathrooms, and an upgraded speaker system. That’s not why Clemson’s Death Valley is one of the best. There are plenty of other reasons why this is a place to be every Saturday.
Clemson fans are as loyal as any in the country. They come out in droves, they make sure they have a major presence at every away game, and during home games, they make the experience second to none. There are only 17,000 residents in the town where the university sits, but every game there are more than 100,000 fans in the stands.
The tailgates have that home-like feel of being able to walk in and understand the hospitality. The crowd is mostly orange with the occasional purple shirt here and there. Everyone is grilling more than enough for everyone, and the drinks are flowing from tailgate to tailgate.
The running down “The Hill” is a unique take on the walk most colleges do. After standing near Howard’s Rock right before the game starts, the players literally run down the hill before entering the stadium. If that doesn’t get fans pumped up, then what will?