CLEMSON, SC – Football season is right around the corner at Clemson University.
While fans are coming from all over the country to take part in game day fun next weekend, there are some new safety measures put in place this year.
For drivers, road closures will now start Friday nights before the game.
Beginning Friday, August 31st at 9pm, College Ave will be closed to traffic between Keith street and highway 93.
Clemson City Police said it’s due to an increase in people celebrating a day early.
Some working in the area told 7 News they tend to agree.
“It’s a swarm of people in all directions, moving in all directions,” explained Dave Lee. “It’s definitely difficult to drive through here so I think closing the roads is probably a necessary evil.”
Now, CAT busses will be picking people up and dropping them off at College ave and Highway 93 between 9pm-2am.
At 2am, busses will then move to Tiger Town Tavern and the Study Hall.
Clemson City Police along with University Police are working together to make sure the the closures go smoothly.
“Anything that we can do to make the fans safer and have a great experience while they’re here, we’re all for that,” said Clemson University Police Chief Greg Mullen.
On Game Day, the University is also installing 40 walk through metal detectors that will be at several gates and rotated each game.
According to Clemson’s Associate Athletic Director of Event Operations, Jon Allen, it’s all part of a new pilot program costing just over $150,000.
“If you do set it off for any reason, we’ll send you off to a secondary screening where you will be wanded, and then hopefully on into the stadium to enjoy the game.”
Allen also wanted to remind fans to leave their pocket knives at home, as they will set off alarms and have to be confiscated at the gates this year.