Inside the aura of ‘Death Valley'

Inside the aura of 'Death Valley'

CLEMSON, S.C. (WHAS11) -- Clemson Memorial Stadium is better known as "Death Valley", and over the years this stadium is where opposing teams national championship dreams come to die.

"It looks like it's been carved out of a movie scene," David Schaefer said. "It's just gorgeous."

Clemson Memorial Stadium is as beautiful of a stadium as you will find in college football, but looks can be deceiving.

"Death Valley is not an easy place to play for an opponent," ESPN analyst Desmond Howard said.

"I'm interested to see how loud it is," Schaefer said.

The excitement starts building at the top of Howard's Rock, where every Clemson team since the 1940s has entered the field.

"Whoever isn't going to give 110 percent can keep their filthy hands off my rock," legendary Clemson coach Frank Howard said.

From there opposing teams are welcomed by 85,000 screaming fans who bleed orange.

"It's very loud, and it's going to be real loud Saturday," one Clemson fan said. "You can feel it.  It's something to experience.  If you ever come here it's the best feeling in the world."

"One time I can't remember if it was a hurricane or a tropical storm, but it was just raining like crazy," ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said.  "I'm thinking they're all going to leave and they didn't go away.  They had fun in it."

"There's a little extra juice that comes along with a game like this in an 8:22 kickoff and all of that stuff," Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney said.  "It's a blast to be a part of these type of moments."

It all adds up to an environment that is unlike any other this University of Louisville has experienced.

"This Louisville team has never faced adversity yet, so that's the thing I'm most anxious to see is how they respond to Death Valley at night if they get down," Herbstreit said.  "Will they be able to overcome that?  If they pass this test in this environment against this team then I think you go from they're off to a good start to wow that's the team to beat."


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