Clemson Wins its Second Title as The South’s Best Tailgate

October 2, 2013 | By | Comments (37)
September 2013: Tailgating

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Clemson University has tackled another Southern Living title, winning our second annual The South’s Best Tailgate (again)! From August 15 to September 30, more than 424,000 votes were cast for our list of Top 15 Tailgate Schools. LSU caught 3rd place while Oklahoma State University intercepted 2nd place.

The two-time winning Clemson Tigers attacked the polls with the same enthusiasm seen on game day outside of Memorial Stadium. With purple and orange cladded fans tailgating before, during, and after the game, players and coaches running down the hill into Death Valley (rubbing Howard’s Rock, of course), and spirited spectators crooning the “Tiger Rag”, Clemson fans know how to host a Saturday game day, on and off the field. Thanks to everyone who voted — you’re all good sports!

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    […] Bobbi from Bluwaterlife, has tailgated for 40 years at Clemson (which, she reminds me has been the Southern Living top tailgating school- twice) and many years at Jimmy Buffett concerts. So it is mostly their wisdom I share with […]

    August 26, 2014 at 5:04 am
  2. Janet Martini

    Coming from someone who voted just about everyday the entirety of the contest along with my family, our votes were verified to be confirmed and counted. This contest was not rigged, we just voted. I invite anyone to experience the South’s best tailgating hands down in CU! Thank you Southern Living for great representation of the South in all your products. I enjoy them immensely.

    October 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm
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    […] Southern Living Magazine held a contest this year for the campus with the best tailgate.  The winning choice for the South’s Best Tailgate went to Clemson for the second year in a row, read article here. […]

    October 10, 2013 at 7:06 am
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    October 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm
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    Kathie Rowland

    It’s all for fun, sore losers. I hope you have more important things to agitate you. Many schools have good tailgating. You have to admit how impressed Game Day was at the Clemson-Georgia game at the whole Clemson experience. Just remember, to win you have to vote (and follow the instructions for voting). Kathie

    October 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm
  7. Kathie Rowland

    It’s all for fun, sore losers. I hope you have more important things to agitate you. Many schools have good tailgating. You have to admit how impressed Game Day was at the Clemson-Georgia game at the whole Clemson experience. Just remember, to win you have to vote (and follow the instructions for voting). Kathie

    October 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm
  8. Hollis Barnes

    Others really do think they know tailgating. And that’s ok. But, unless they have the opportunity to tailgate at Clemson, they will never know what REAL tailgating is. They can respond to this post to say they know real tailgating but those of us that know Clemson Tigers tailgating know the truth!

    October 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm
  9. Carleen

    I have been to several tailgating events at several schools on the list and when I attended a Clemson Tailgate I couldn’t believe my eyes. Clemson is SERIOUS about their tailgating; in a good way! I LOVED it! Go Tigers!

    October 4, 2013 at 7:37 am
  10. Orange Blood

    There is nothing like tailgating in Clemson on gameday. Even if I don’t have tickets for the game, we are their tailgating and supporting our team. Clemson fans are NOT fare weather fans like others I know. We love them when they win and we love them when they lose. That is why we are their showing our support by tailgating on gameday. 1234 1234 CLEMSONTIGERS FIGHT TIGERS FIGHT TIGERS FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT….GOOOO TIGERS!!!!!

    October 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm
  11. Jonathan Overman

    GO TIGERS!!!!

    October 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm
  12. Eva Davis-Smith

    Whoop Whoop!! So proud to be a “Clemson Tiger” fan right now!! When we are called to duty..We RESPOND!! We love our TEAM and will do anything to prove it!! Goooo Tigers!!

    October 3, 2013 at 8:29 am
  13. DHall

    #1 Again……GO TIGERS!

    October 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm
  14. haten is bad

    Really?? Based on votes not reality? REALLY? Okay let’s examine this “VOTES VS REALITY,” shall we? Tailgating is made up WHOLLY AND COMPLETLY of? FANS!!! So is the VOTING! That’s reality! o they are one and the sames,so not only does this prove we have THE BEST tailgating in all college football but the best FANS……WE VOTED CASE CLOSED…WE LOVE OUR TIGERS. WIN OR LOSE. WE LOVE THEM. THATS WHAT MAKES US DIFFRENT, IT’S TRULY A PART OF US “WE ARE TIGERS. C..L..E..M..S..O..N…..T..I..G..E..R..S….Fight tigers Fight tigers FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!!

    October 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm
  15. Henry Beach

    I voted Clemson at least 30 to 40 times. If your school and tailgate isn’t worth the time. Well then Clemson is happy to take the win. We win though because we truly believe we are the best in what ever we do. GOOOOO TIGERSSSSSS!!!

    October 2, 2013 at 8:49 pm
  16. James


    October 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm
  17. Brenda Tallon

    I voted every day and especially on Saturdays which counted twice. I have no complaints.

    October 2, 2013 at 8:11 pm
  18. PK

    Well, Mel, it’s based on votes, yet Clemson is 11th on the list in terms of enrollment yet still won…so we have to take that into consideration.

    October 2, 2013 at 7:47 pm
  19. Geaux Tigers

    I am certain Clemson has great tailgating , and worthy of an award. However, Southern Living said at LSU they have Crawfish boils for their tailgating……Everyone in the south knows Crawfish are NOT in season during football season. A bit of an embarrassement coming from a magazine located in the South. Makes me wonder what they consider award winning tailgating???

    October 2, 2013 at 7:45 pm
  20. Chrystal McConnell

    Oh Alyson, what team do you pull for? Was it even a choice? So why bother commenting? And there should be no speaking of winning considering the team, either. Be nice. Dont be an ass just cuz.

    October 2, 2013 at 7:38 pm
  21. Chrystal McConnell

    By the way………. C L E M S OOOOOO N! GO TIGERS!

    October 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm
  22. Chrystal McConnell

    If your team didnt win, its cuz your fellow fans didnt think it was important. Its not rigged. You have to put in your email address and if you dont confirm it thru your email, it doesnt count. Simple as that. There will always be sore losers. Thats why we HAVE the best tailgate! Our fan base is REMARKABLE! And thats what the competition was/is about! Apparently the top 3 teams’ fans came together to vote. If you didnt win, well there is a reason. Dont hate. Try harder.

    October 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm
  23. Mary

    All you haters……its all good…..those of us who know and love Clemson know the TRUTH!

    October 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm
  24. Alyson Gailey Fort

    You people are making me laugh! Yeah! Clemson wins….a Tailgate Award! Whoopeeeee!

    October 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm
  25. Drew

    Clemson is THE best place on earth! GO TIGERS!!!!

    October 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm
  26. Donna F

    Definitely we won because we have the best tailgate. And what other school gets to party at halftime? Donna F

    October 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm
  27. Christy M

    T I G E RRRRRR S! No surprise here in Clemson! Of COURSE we won- again!

    October 2, 2013 at 5:12 pm
  28. Sarah C

    Reblogged this on Strong-Fit-Beautiful and commented:
    Way to go, Tigers! For the second year in a row, my alma mater shows we know how to do football season right.

    October 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm
  29. Peggy

    Clemson Tiger fans are the BEST!!!!!! Tailgating at CLEMSON is awesome and then the run down the hill excitement…on to the game. If you have never experienced it, you are missing it!!!!!!

    October 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm
  30. Jill

    Way to go T I G E R S. : )

    October 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm
  31. Sammy Weaver

    Go TIGERS! Not the LSU version (you know, the school that has tried to imitate the real DEATH VALLEY-The real one in CLEMSON SC) Lisa and Mel apparently haven’t really been to Clemson. Maybe they passed by on the way to a Georgia game.

    October 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm
  32. kristi

    Connie, it wasnt rigged, you had to enter your email address for it to count.

    October 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm
  33. Camille Cloninger

    Clemson tailgating IS reality! You have to experience it to believe it! Beautiful campus, great food and the best fans in the world! Well deserved! GO TIGERS!

    October 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm
  34. Connie Causey Nunez

    rigged…everytime I tried to vote it wouldn’t let me confirm so my votes didn’t count

    October 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm
  35. Lisa

    Been to Clemson and they do have a good tailgate. Not the best in the south by any means, but good!

    October 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm
  36. Matthew

    Bitter much?

    October 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm
  37. Mel

    Well, it’s based on votes vs. reality, so we have to take that into consideration.

    October 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

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