By Trey McCurry.
With the Tigers bowl destination now official, TheClemsonInsider.com wanted to give the fans some info on the Meineke Car Care Bowl and the events that surround the bowl.
The Tigers will report to Charlotte on December 26 and have a week full of activities and practices while in the Queen City.
After a small reception to welcome the Tigers to Charlotte on December 27, the team will have the chance to visit the Charlotte Motor Speedway on December 28 in a highly unique and exiting experience for both teams. Following a ride-along in the Richard Petty Driving Experience, the teams will tour the Speedway facilities before competing against South Florida in a tire-changing competition. Following a visit to the Levine Children’s Hospital on December 29, the team can turn its focus fully to the game.
Fans, however, have one more chance to show their school spirit in the annual Street Festival and Pep Rally at The Square. The Festival, which runs from noon until 6PM on December 30, offers a perfect combination of family fun, great food, and entertainment. Live musical acts, interactive games, and official bowl/school merchandise will be available. The day will end with a pep rally for the crowd to be attended by the Tiger Spirit Squads and Tiger Band. Kickoff for the Meineke Car Care Bowl is at noon on Friday, December 31 and all Clemson fans are encouraged to arrive early and help cheer on their Tigers against South Florida.
The Meineke Car Care Bowl is now in its ninth season and has hosted some exciting matchups in its history, including three two-point games in the past four seasons. The game is played at Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. The game has averaged over 60,000 fans, including three sellouts, and with Clemson’s fan base, the Tigers hope to continue this tradition.
The game has hosted an ACC team every year since its inception and a Big East team in seven of the eight previous seasons (with Navy being the exception in 2006). Over the years, the bowl has hosted five different ACC squads with three teams making repeat appearances. Four different Big East squads have played in the game, including South Florida first-ever bowl appearance in 2005. The Tigers will look to improve the ACC’s record in the game to 6-3 all-time as they seek to win back-to-back bowls for the first time since 1989-1990.