ClemsonSports.com senior writer Matt Connolly spoke with Clemson Athletics Director Dan Radakovich for a wide-ranging interview covering a variety of topics on Monday. We’ll have several stories getting you up to date on everything going on with Clemson athletics over the next several days. Monday’s story was on Memorial Stadium renovations. Today, full capacity at Death Valley this fall.
CLEMSON — After being limited to about 19,000 fans for home games last season, Clemson is expecting full capacity at Memorial Stadium this fall.
Clemson AD Dan Radakovich spoke with ClemsonSports.com about several topics in the athletics department earlier this week, including Death Valley moving to full capacity.
“As with all of the limitations we’ve done over the last year, we’ve kind of followed the guides given to us by the university,” Radakovich said. “The university is looking to be full-go, in-person classes in the fall. So we’re moving forward full-go for a full Memorial Stadium.”
Season ticket requests for Clemson were due last Friday, and the Tigers sold about 56,000 season tickets.
Radakovich said that the renewal rate is about 94 percent.
“So gratified with our fans wanting to come back to Death Valley,” he said. “We didn’t take that for granted. We wanted to make sure that we told people how much we appreciate them.”
Radakovich added that there will likely be safety measurements put in place to try to combat the spread of COVID-19 during the 2021 season, but it is too early to know exactly what steps will be taken.
“I think that a lot of the sanitization pieces that we put into place last year will remain. I think that that was really important and as we move into the future, just good things to do,” Radakovich said.
“As it relates to masks and all the other things that were there, it’s way too early to be able to talk through any of that. That’s really going to come probably right up until we bring people back in September.”
Clemson opens the 2021 season against Georgia on Sept. 4. The game will be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
Clemson’s first home game will be the following weekend when S.C. State visits Death Valley. The Tigers will host S.C. State, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Florida State, UConn and Wake Forest during the 2021 season.