Clemson Failed To Sell Out A Home Game During 2018 National Title Run

first_imgA general view of Clemson's football stadium during a game.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the Auburn Tigers against the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson football ran through the 2018 season unscathed, capturing a second national title in three seasons under Dabo Swinney. Most would assume that there weren’t many empty seats for Tiger home games in Death Valley during the run.Clemson finished 12th in national attendance, and filled 98.7-percent of the seats per game, with an average attendance of 80,400.Somewhat shockingly though, the Tigers did not record a single sell-out. That was the first time since 2009, Swinney’s first year as full-time head coach of the team.Clemson assistant athletic director for ticket operations Owen Godfrey explained how a national title winner with a die-hard fan base could go a full year without a sell-out.Teams in college football have struggled with attendance a bit, at least compared to years past, across the board in recent decades. There are myriad reasons why fans would prefer to watch their favorite teams from the comfort of their living rooms, that aren’t unique to Clemson or any team. The Tigers’ failure to sell out a game, however, has more to do with its ticket allotment agreements with visiting schools, per Godfrey.From the Greenville News:“Our biggest factor tends to be the opponent and how many folks they bring,” said Clemson assistant athletic director for ticket operations Owen Godfrey, alluding to the tickets Clemson allots to opponents.The highest allotment figure is for South Carolina, biennially Clemson’s most attractive ticket. Last season, Clemson allotted 8,000 tickets to South Carolina. In accordance with a league-wide agreement, visiting Atlantic Coast Conference schools can request a maximum of 4,300 tickets.The allotment for all other visitors was stipulated in their respective contracts. However, outside of Carolina, few of Clemson’s opponents guaranteed more than 1,000 tickets. Clemson recouped the unused tickets in late April, but it could not package them into a full season-ticket deal without the marquee Carolina game.“We sold as many season tickets down to that guaranteed number at 8,000,” Godfrey said. “When we do that, we turn away some folks that want to buy full season tickets, because, when the schedule doesn’t include South Carolina, or if we did it this year and it didn’t include Texas A&M, it’s a challenge.”While tickets may open up in the summer, after the allotment situation is sorted out, Godfrey says that many fans look to secondary markets for their single game seats first. That means unsold tickets through Clemson itself.A down year for the ACC, which came off of some strong years for the league, probably hurt as well. Louisville, which would typically be one of the better teams in the division, was horrid in 2018, and Clemson’s home attendance for that game suffered.The demand for smaller packages and single-game tickets was low last season. The season opener against Furman attracted more fans (80,048) than the matchup with ACC foe Louisville (78,741).With a title under their belt, we’re sure Clemson fans will turn out en masse for home games this season, especially with marquee games against Texas A&M and a potentially resurgent Florida State. Don’t be surprised if it becomes harder and harder for teams like Clemson to sell-out every date though. Only five of the 130 FBS teams accomplished that last year.[Greenville News]last_img read more

Illegal restaurants and pubs along Mirissa beach to be removed

The move follows the recent incident involving a group of Dutch tourists. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) had this week ordered the Water Creatures Beach Guest Restaurant & Surf Bar to be closed following an assault on some foreign tourists. The Police had later arrested several suspects over the incident and they were remanded by court.It was reported that four tourists including a Dutch male and two women were assaulted at the Surf Bar in Mirissa on 8th April when they resisted the suspects attempting to sexually harass the women. (Colombo Gazette) Illegal restaurants and pubs along the Mirissa beach will be removed from next month, the Coast Conservation Department said today.Officials said that demolishing the illegal structures will begin on May 8 in Mirissa and continue along other areas as well. Report by Indika Sri Aravinda read more

Prince William shows his bedside manner as he helps take girls blood

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge is shown the workings of an MR Linac machine by Professor Uwe Oelfke Ms Bragg said: “We just introduced him as William, he was really relaxed and friendly and spent a lot of time talking to the patients, not many people spotted him – one lady said he was a lookalike.”In the Oak Centre for Children and Young People the Duke sat beside Daisy, with parents Katie and Alistair Wood from Kingston upon Thames nearby, who moments before was watching a DVD about a princess.Her father later joked: “She did say William was a little old for her to marry.” Prince William meets patient Daisy Wood, six, and her mother KatieCredit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “And being a dad with two young children you can see how he relates very well to the children.”William was also shown a £10 million MR Linac scanner, the first of its kind in the country, that combines radiotherapy treatment with traditional imaging and has the potential to allow tumours to be targeted precisely in real time. The Duke of Cambridge is shown the workings of an MR Linac machine by Professor Uwe OelfkeCredit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA rince William, Duke of Cambridge, right, meets patient Daisy Wood, 6, and her mother Katie He was reunited with radiotherapy aid Fiona Bragg, 55, who took William under her wing when he spent a day shadowing staff at the south London hospital in 2005, two years before he became president of the Royal Marsden.She recalled how she spent more than an hour showing the Duke how to check patients in once they had arrived at reception. The equipment will be trialled at the end of the year but only the MR (magnetic resonance) imaging facility will be used, with the radiotherapy to follow.After peering into the small slot that a patient lies in as their body is scanned, the Duke joked: “I wouldn’t like to lie in there for too much, I’m not sure it’s as roomy as they say.” The six-year-old was left a little tongue tied after her meeting with the Duke but Mr Wood, 45, added: “It’s particularly nice he’s come around, it shows he’s interested in the Royal Marsden and the patients – it gives a boost to everyone. The Duke of Cambridge attaches a name tag to patient Daisy Wood, six, during a visit to the Royal Marsden hospitalCredit:Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA The Duke of Cambridge showed his caring bedside manner when he helped take the blood pressure of a little girl with leukaemia during a tour of one of the country’s leading cancer hospitals.Daisy Wood, six, was happy to let the future king strap a cuff to her arm in preparation for the reading, when he visited the children’s cancer unit at the Royal Marsden’s Sutton hospital. Prince William chats to Daisy WoodCredit:KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/PA Duke of Cambridge, right, attaches a name tag to patient Daisy Wood, 6, during a visit to the Royal Marsden hospital  Prince William chats to Daisy Woodlast_img read more