Dabo Swinney pleased with decision to bring Thursday night football to Death Valley

'When you're always on the road, you miss out on the opportunity to showcase this great stadium that we have and our fan base'

Clemson and South Carolina fans cheered for their teams during the annual rivalry game on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.

Photo by Sefton Ipock

Clemson and South Carolina fans cheered for their teams during the annual rivalry game on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.

To play, or not to play, on Thursday night is no longer a choice.

Where to play on Thursday is a different matter.

Dabo Swinney believes Clemson's decision to play host to a Thursday night ACC game this season is the right call, balancing what he sees as a competitive disadvantage and a missed opportunity for the Tigers.

"Any time you can get national exposure for your program, it's a positive; and this is one of the things I've kind of lobbied for since I've been the head coach," said Swinney recently. "We don't have to play a Thursday night game every year; but contractually, from a conference standpoint, we do have to participate in that. I've never understood why we always had to go on the road.

"I'm excited that Dan (Radakovich) has been able to come in and work with our administration and allowed us to play one of our two Thursday night games at home. I think that's a real positive and an opportunity to showcase Clemson."

The Tigers will play at least two home night games next fall, in wake of the announcement on Tuesday that the Clemson-Georgia game on Saturday, Aug. 31, will kick off at 8 p.m. and be televised nationally by ABC. Although no official announcement has been made, it seems likely that ESPN will bring its Game Day broadcast to campus, as well.

Clemson also knows that it will play a Thursday night goad game against N.C. State. The Tigers will face the Wolfpack in Raleigh on Thursday, Sept. 19, and then will conclude ACC play on Thursday, Nov. 14, at home against Georgia Tech.

"We've had national exposure on Thursday night before, but when you're always on the road, you miss out on the opportunity to showcase this great stadium that we have and our fan base," Swinney said. "I'm excited about playing at home this season."

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TigerNE writes:

Any national exposure is good. Beat a ranked opponent and you get extra points.

cuGIZ82 writes:

^^^agreed

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