Clemson wins fan balloting as college football's best 'game-day ambience'

South Carolina, Tennessee second and third, College Station, Ann Arbor, Baton Rouge also on list

Clemson fans pack Bowman Field in the closing minutes of ESPN Gameday on Bowman Field in Clemson. Third ranked Clemson hosts fifth-ranked Florida State at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson fans pack Bowman Field in the closing minutes of ESPN Gameday on Bowman Field in Clemson. Third ranked Clemson hosts fifth-ranked Florida State at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

For game-day ambience, Clemson tops the list.

That's the result of a contest co-sponsored by USA Today and www.10Best.com.

Clemson, which earlier this fall earned its second straight recognition from Southern Living as college football's best tailgate, won out over state rival South Carolina and Tennessee for the top spot in fan balloting.

From 10Best's press release:

No matter what the standing are in regard to team performance, fans at Clemson University campus in Clemson, South Carolina have some serious bragging rights. The public has voted Clemson's pre-game campus scene the best in the nation for game day atmosphere.

This was a hotly contested category, with influencers ranging from athletic departments to alumni organizations and fans from coast to coast. All 10 winners are geographically diverse but each is "the place to be" on college game day . . . a destination for any sports fan's bucket list.

The 10 Winners in the 'Best Game Day Ambiance' Readers' Choice contest category are as follows:

1. Clemson, SC - Clemson Univ.

2. Columbia, SC - Univ. of South Carolina

3. Knoxville, TN - Univ. of Tennessee

4. College Station, TX - Texas A&M Univ.

5. Ann Arbor, MI - Univ. of Michigan

6. Lincoln, NE - Univ. of Nebraska

7. State College, PA - Penn State Univ.

8. Columbus, OH - Ohio State Univ.

9. Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana State

10. Univ.Tuscaloosa, AL - Univ. of Alabama

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Comments » 8

DahlonegaJoe writes:

GO TIGERS.
Tigers are winners

TRUETIGER1 writes:

I can't believe Thugville Gangland is # 2.

cwby writes:

in response to TRUETIGER1:

I can't believe Thugville Gangland is # 2.

It just means they have a large fan base. Can't think of any other reason people would vote to tailgate in an asphalt covered industrial area, not to mention the cesspool of an area called Columbia.

DMM writes:

Totally agree with the posters about Cola Town - but this ain't exactly the contest I am excited about winning against the Gamecocks. Hopefully Clemson will concentrate on something a lot more important, especially after that showing against MD.

clmtgr92 writes:

We shouldn't get too happy about the 'award'. Wrigley Field is constantly voted the best place to watch a baseball game; however, they haven't had a real baseball team in years, on top of the 100+ year championship drought.

kellytown writes:

How in the world did the Bluff road stadium make it at all. How about the view as you driving up to the concrete and asphalt home of the coots.The only grass around there is the field.Yea all I can figure is that some the voters have never seen this place that is called the home of the coots.

TRUETIGER1 writes:

If you like columbia, you'll love Detroit.

radtiger writes:

in response to DMM:

Totally agree with the posters about Cola Town - but this ain't exactly the contest I am excited about winning against the Gamecocks. Hopefully Clemson will concentrate on something a lot more important, especially after that showing against MD.

I couldnt agree with you more, beating them in the game of football would be something to brag about, The scenery surrounding and leading to William Brice Stadium is far more pleasant than the Cow Pasture we have.

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