Tiger Party Tonight

Clemson relaxes open container laws

Lee Rogers
January 13, 2020 - 10:59 am
Jan 12, 2019; Clemson, SC, USA; Fans line the streets of Clemson University's campus during the College Football Playoff National Championship celebration parade. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

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The city of Clemson is again relaxing its open container of alcohol laws for a street party as the Tigers play in the national championship game tonight.

City of Clemson Police say they will close downtown streets at 5 p.m. and set up viewing screens as Clemson takes on LSU in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

Police say rules prohibiting open containers of alcohol will be lifted in the party area, but outside alcohol cannot be brought in.

Police say the party and the suspension of the open container law ends at midnight. 

You can listen to the game on Entercom stations 93.3 The Planet Rocks and ESPN Upstate, pre-game coverage begins at 3PM.

Below is a map of Clemson street closures for tonight, Monday 1/13/2020 according to the CCPD Facebook Page:

Clemson street closures for viewing party; night of 1/13/2020
Clemson City Police Department Facebook Page

Official Clemson City Police Department Facebook post below:  (**NOTE**: end of the post is a must read!) 

It's that time of year again. Clemson's football team has once again asserted dominance on the field, and they're poised to take another shot at the National Title.

The one thing I know for sure is that the Tigers will be the national champions and Saban can't even look at a box of Frosted Flakes without cringing.

As much as I'd like to keep taking shots at other teams like Ohio State who was not beaten by referees as much as they were beaten by failed red zone trips, I have some legitimate information to put out about the National Championship viewing party that will once again be held in downtown Clemson on January 13, 2020, RAIN OR SHINE.

As it has in the past, downtown will close to traffic at 5:00PM between Keith Street and Highway 93 (see the attached map), including all side roads within that perimeter.

At 5:30PM, any vehicles still within the perimeter will be towed, so please do not leave your vehicles within the barricaded area.

The viewing screen(s) will be set up near the downtown substation (marked by the blue X on the map).

Please bring your folding chairs as seating will not be provided.

ONLY folding chairs will be allowed into the perimeter... do not bring couches, or futons, or ejector seats from decommissioned F-15s, or one of the seats Mark Watney threw from the Aries IV MAV in "The Martian"... you're laughing right now... but some of those have actually been turned away in years past.

At 7:00PM, the open container ordinance will be lifted within the barricaded area until Midnight, but not without some simple guidelines.

1: No one will be allowed to possess an open container without a valid orange wristband. Those wristbands will be available at several wristband/ID stations within the barricaded area, I do not know exactly where at this point.

2: Open containers will only be allowed in 16 ounce plastic cups. No pitchers, no glass, no cans, and NO OUTSIDE COOLERS or ALCOHOL.

3: As noted, at midnight the world returns to normal. The open container ordinance goes back into effect, and you will be directed to pour it out or head into a bar.

From there the clean-up begins and the road will be opened when it is complete. Right now the powers that be are aiming for CATBus service to be returned to normal at 1:30AM.

A personal request... when the Tigers win... please do not tear down the city in excitement or anger. No climbing on the trees, light poles, AT&T equipment, buildings, or other people.

Keep your hands to yourself and be mindful of your fellow fans.

Though the city has opted to suspend the open container ban for a few hours... all other laws and ordinances are in effect... and no one wants to celebrate the night with a shiny pair of matching bracelets.

We have new officers, their handcuffs are new, which means they haven't been stretched out yet and aren't as comfortable.

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