The state of South Carolina continues to recover from the major flooding in recent weeks. Clemson wasn't hit as hard as its counterparts down in Columbia but the university is still dealing with the aftermath of the flood, which damaged many of the grass lots that are used on game day.
The Clemson athletic department has taken a different approach to dry out the grass lots in time for the football team's homecoming against Boston College on Saturday. It called in reinforcements: helicopters.
Efforts continue as we work to get grass lots ready for Saturday. Helicopter over Lot 2 now drying trouble spots. pic.twitter.com/0UTKpmKbhg— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) October 14, 2015
TigerNet.com, a news website dedicated to Clemson athletics, spoke with Graham Neff, the associate athletic director for business operations and CFO, about the measures taken and the recent downpours that has rocked the state.
"It's been tough. We know that parking is very important and a big driver for our IPTAY folks and part of the ethos of Clemson and the game day experience," Neff said to TigerNet on Wednesday. "We are making sure that we're investing resources as dollars and as people to get these things as ready as we can."
The athletic department has called in as much help as possible from ground specialists, dirt dryers and of course, the helicopters in hopes the campus lots can get back to normal.
While Neff is hopeful the parking lots will be ready, there are contingency plans in place as a precaution.
Luckily for the Tigers, the grass at Death Valley hasn't been affected by the tremendous amount of rain and should be in excellent condition for Saturday. Clemson welcomes atlantic division opponent Boston College to campus on Saturday for homecoming with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
For the full report on the helicopters and other steps taken by Clemson, you can read the piece by TigerNet staff writer Nikki Hood here.