For the sports enthusiast, the Carolinas boast some of the nations top sports teams and rivalries. There are many fascinating teams and sporting arenas in the upstate. The pro football team Carolina Panthers, the Greenville Drive, Clemson Tigers, Wofford Terriers, and Furman Paladins are just a few of the fine sports organizations located in our area.
Greenville Drive Baseball
The Greenville Drive opened their stadium to the public with their inaugural opener in 2006. The Drive’s stadium, West End Field, is a replica of the Boston Red Sox Fenway Park with their own “Green Monster” (a 30 ft. wall in left field with manual scoreboard). The stadium’s construction was part of the multimillion dollar revitalization project in the West End of Greenville. The entire project reverberates Greenville’s rich history in using refurbished bricks from old mills in the area creating an old world feel.
West End Field, located in Greenville’s Historic West End is home to more than 70 games each year. The ballpark is host to other events including concerts, movie nights, and area college baseball games.
The stadium is within walking distance to shops, restaurants, and other downtown attractions such as the Peace Center and River Falls Park.
Clemson Tigers Football
Clemson University is a nationally recognized NCAA college located in Upstate South Carolina best known for its football program led by head coach Tommy Bowden. The home of the Tigers is Frank Howard Field Memorial Stadium, or more popularly known as “Death Valley”. The stadium seats over 80,000, and is one of the largest and loudest on campus stadiums in the country. On game day against the Miami Hurricanes in 2005, the decibel level reached 126 shattering the record for an outdoor sporting event.
Back in the 60’s, two students went to California and stopped by Death Valley CA. They brought back a rock from Death Valley and presented it to then Coach Frank Howard as a memento from “Death Valley CA-to Death Valley South Carolina. For years Howard used the rock for nothing more than a doorstop. In 1966 Howard told one of his assistants to “get rid of that rock, and I don’t care what you do with it”. So it was that the rock was mounted on a pedestal atop the east side hill of the stadium. In 1967 the players began one of the most publicized and exiting traditions in college football, “Rubbing the Rock” and “Running Down the Hill”. A player is allowed to rub the rock only if he is going to give 110% effort. The players then proceed to “Run Down the Hill” in unison as the band plays Tiger Rag.
South Carolina Football
The South Carolina Gamecocks football program has surged back into the national spotlight led by former Florida University coach Steve Spurrier. Williams-Brice Stadium and South Carolina University are just a short drive down I-385 in Columbia SC. The Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers play their final games against each other in “rivalry week”, and it’s considered one of the most popular rivalries in the nation.
The Carolina Panthers, located in Charlotte North Carolina, have been one of the most consistent and respectable organizations in the NFL. Under Coach John Fox the Panthers made a trip to the Super Bowl, Two NFC Championship games, and a division title.
The home of the Carolina Panthers is the state of the art Bank of America Stadium in downtown Charlotte North Carolina. Finished in 1995 the stadium is considered one of the best facilities in the NFL. With more than 73,000 seats the open air facility boasts beautiful architecture, and stunning views of the Charlotte skyline. For more information about the Carolina Panthers you can click the link above and explore their official website.
Wofford University founded in 1854, is a NCAA Division I Southern Conference College located in Spartanburg South Carolina. Wofford Athletics represents 17 varsity men’s and women’s sports. Every year the NFL Carolina Panthers use Wofford’s campus and training facilities for their July-August training camp. The Richardson building is named after Jerry Richardson, the Panthers founder and owner. Richardson is a Wofford alumnus, who played wide receiver for the Terriers setting several school records.
Furman University is the oldest University in South Carolina. Founded in 1826, the school moved three times before moving to its present location in Greenville.
Furman University’s official mascot is a knight on a horse with the nickname Furman Paladins. The Paladin is described as a knightly heroic champion, or determined advocate of a noble cause.
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