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CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – Clemson fans are getting ready in every way possible, including getting their game day apparel ready for the big game.

And whether they’re heading down to New Orleans or staying here to watch the game, Mr. Knickerbocker is where fans are going to baseball caps, T-shirts, baby clothes and even stuffed animals.

On Wednesday, the doors at Mr. Knickerbocker seemed to swing open and closed all day, which made co-owner Allan Yeomans happy.

Yeomans said every Mr. Knickerboker store is stocked with what anyone could need.

“We have everything from golf ball markers, to nail clippers, all the way to hats, jackets, every size in between,” Yeomans said.

Len and Carole Rock come to the store to purchase things for themselves and grandchildren, who are also Tigers fans.

“We retired here full time back in 2013,” Len Rock said. “We discovered Clemson by a retirement magazine, ‘Where to retire,’ and Clemson was featured.”

The Rocks are originally from Vermont and said the transition to South Carolina was best for them.

Clemson’s stores and town atmosphere bring a pleasant, almost familiar, sense of Vermont, but better weather.

“All I can say is ‘GO Tigers’ and I spell it the correct way by the way,” Len Rock said.

The couple said they aren’t going to New Orleans, but decided to walk around the town and look at new Clemson gear.

Yeomans said practically everything is on some sort of discount and that’s intentional.

“We extended our Christmas sale into this championship run just because we kind of wanted to celebrate a little early,” Yeomans said.

Clemson University Professor of Biological Sciences and Forestry & Environmental Conservation, Dr. Christopher Parkinson, has been celebrating since the Ohio State-Clemson game.

“I was born and raised in Ohio,” Parkinson said. “Almost all of my cousins and things went to Ohio State. So, it was absolutely fantastic when we beat Ohio State in the playoffs.”

Dr. Parkinson and his wife, Clemson University Dean of the College of Science, Dr. Cynthia Young, are headed down to New Orleans for the game.

He said his wife was in the store looking for the perfect shirt for the trip.

Mr. Knickerbocker in Clemson, located at 384 College Ave, will be open during the game, Yeomans said.

He added that the store in Greenville, located at 1125 Woodruff Rd #203, will be hosting a watch party at Dave & Buster’s on Monday, Jan. 13.

Tickets for the party are $50 and attendees will receive:

  • Orange and purple beads
  • T-shirt
  • Access to the buffet
  • Additional snacks during 3rd Quarter
  • Dave & Buster’s $20 game card

For more information about Mr. Knickerbocker, click here.

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