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Parking and Transportation Services

Football Parking Rules and Regulations

If you have a vehicle parked on campus or plan to drive a vehicle on campus during a home football game weekend, take note of the football parking rules and regulations to avoid spaces reserved for football parking and subsequent vehicle towing expenses.

Fifteen thousand Clemson parking spaces are assigned to IPTAY donors each year — that means a large contingent of fans, including students with commuter permits, must park elsewhere during home football game weekends.

Key Notes:

  • Reserved lots and areas will be cleared beginning at 12:01 a.m. game day Saturdays. Any vehicles remaining in lots will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Parking lots open at 6 a.m. for games that kick off before 3:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. for all later kickoff times.
  • Questions about IPTAY parking should be directed to the IPTAY office by calling 864-656-2115.

General Football Parking


Rules and Regulations

  • Parking regulations for home football games supersede all other parking regulations.
  • Parking regulations for home football games will be enforced beginning at 12:01 a.m. game day Saturdays.
  • IPTAY parking area access on game days is controlled by the S.C. Highway Patrol and event staff.
  • Only vehicles with a valid IPTAY parking permit will be allowed to enter, drive through or park in IPTAY parking spaces.
  • Parking lots open at 6 a.m. for games that kick off before 3:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. for all later kickoff times.
  • Employees leaving personal vehicles on campus while traveling should avoid parking in reserved lots on game days. Employee vehicles parked in reserved lots on game days will be towed. All towed vehicles can be retrieved from Clemson University Police Department 24/7.
  • All federal, state and University vehicles are to be moved to an east campus perimeter parking lot by 12:01 a.m. game day Saturdays.

After the game

  • Parked vehicles must be moved two hours after home games conclude.

Visiting Parent Information

Parents of students can purchase Football Guest Parking Permits from Parking and Transportation Services (113 Union Drive, Clemson) on the Friday before game day during normal business hours (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m) or from the Clemson University Police Department after hours.

Please note: Football Guest Parking Permits are subject to the same restrictions as employee and student permits and are not valid in reserved/restricted spaces on game day or any other day.

On game day Saturdays, all vehicles parked in towable areas from 12:01 a.m. game day Saturday until parking lots open will be towed at the owner's expense. Note that metered spaces are also reserved across campus for IPTAY donor parking and must be cleared. Additionally, any vehicle not displaying the correct IPTAY permit or that is parked in a restricted area may be towed from an area at any time on game day Saturdays at the owner's expense.

In general, it is best to avoid parking on the west side of campus. Parents are encouraged to park on Kite Hill during the game. 

Football Parking Permits

Reserved Parking Areas

  • East Campus Reserved Parking
    • C-1 Commuter lot.
      • All orange spaces in the entire lot are reserved. All orange spaces, including those without Tiger Paw markings, must be vacated by 12:01 a.m. Saturday. The Tiger Paws have no relevance in this year’s parking plan.
    • Employee lot: E-1 (Hendrix Student Center).
      • This lot is reserved for IPTAY placards. A select number of spaces closest to the Biosystems Research Complex are reserved for faculty and staff who are required to work on game days.
    • Employee lot: E-6 (behind Sikes Hall).
      • This lot is reserved for ADA placards only.
    • Parkway Drive (from lot E-6, behind Sikes Hall, behind Bryan Mall and Cherry Road).
      • These spaces are reserved for ADA placards only.
    • Employee lot: E-2 (P&A/Life Sciences lot) and Jersey Lane.
    • Library E-15 lot: (east of R.M. Cooper Library).
    • Employee lot: E-21 (old gravel lot on Cherry Road) and behind the Godley-Snell building.
    • Commuter & Employee lot: C-11 & E-22 (Brooks Center).
    • Employee lot: E-24 (Pecan Grove gravel lot at Calhoun Courts).
    • Employee lot: E-25 (orange spaces in the gravel lot next to the Esso).
    • Employee lot: E-27 (Douthit Hills).
    • Employee Lot: E-29 (Strom Thurmond Circle).
    • Employee Lot: E-37 (Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business).
      • Employee spaces behind Newman Hall and Redfern will be available for faculty and staff who are required to work on game days. Only vehicles displaying a current faculty/staff permit will be allowed to park in this area.
      • R-4, R-4 ext, R-6, R-7, R-8 (not including the metered spaces) and R-9 parking lots are reserved for the use of student permit holders only.
  • West Campus Reserved Parking
    • Resident lots: R-3 and R-3 extension (Centennial Boulevard and Press Road).
    • All commuter lots: C-2, C-2A, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-7, C-8, C-9, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-15.
    • All employee lots: E-3, E-4, E-5, E-7, E-11, E-14, E-16, E-18, E-31, E-32, E-35. The entire E-5 lot, off Heisman Street and adjacent to the motor pool, is reserved parking for football games.
    • Any-Permit lots: P-1, P-01 Ext., P-4, P-6.
    • All West Campus streets: Ravenel Road, Avenue of Champions, Centennial Boulevard, Williamson Road, Heisman Street, Kappa Street, Klugh Avenue (except authorized vehicles in service vehicle spaces), Press Road and South Palmetto Boulevard including the Lee Hall cul-de-sac. Calhoun Drive, Fernow Street and Fort Hill Street will also be reserved this year.
    • The Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Complex Lot (P-6).
  • Central Historic District Reserved Parking
    • Calhoun Drive, from Sikes Hall to Tillman Hall and Sirrine Hall, including the circle.
    • Fernow Street, from Calhoun Drive to South Palmetto Boulevard.
    • Fort Hill Street, from Calhoun Drive to Williamson Road, including lot E-32 at the Trustee House and on-street parking in front of the John C. Calhoun House, also known as Fort Hill.
  • Douthit Hills Reserved Parking
    • E-27 parking lot, including metered spaces.
    • E-37 parking lot at the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business.
    • R-7, R-8 (not including the metered spaces) and R-9 parking lots are reserved for Douthit Hills resident students only.
    • Employee spaces located on Oak Terrace are reserved for IPTAY parking.
  • Other Reserved Parking
    • Hillside at University Ridge — this hillside, adjacent to the alumni center and bordered by S.C. 93, Sherman Street and Daniel Drive.
    • Employee spaces located on Daniel Drive.
    • E-8 and E-9 — Employee spaces located around the human resources building will be reserved for IPTAY parking.
    • E-29 — Strom Thurmond Institute.

Football Weekend Parking Rules for Clemson Students and Employees

  • Resident Students

    Resident students are required to relocate their vehicles from residential lots to Kite Hill, which is accessible through the R-1 lot and Recycling Center. All spaces in C-3 and R-3 parking lots as well as Centennial Boulevard and Press Road must be vacated.

    Students may move their vehicles the evening before the game and continuing until 12:01 a.m. game day Saturday. All vehicles must be cleared from reserved IPTAY lots by the time towing begins at 12:01 a.m.

    **No parking on roadways inside of resident lots (R-1 and R-2) that will prohibit the traffic flow or safety within the lot. Any vehicles impeding traffic flow are subject to being towed.

    Resident students who move their vehicles to Kite Hill must vacate these areas and return their vehicles to resident-student lots by 6 p.m. the day after home games or they may be issued a citation.

  • Commuter Students

    Commuter students who are required to work on campus during a home football game may park on Kite Hill. Towing from all other campus employee parking areas will begin at 12:01 a.m. game day Saturday.

  • Clemson University Employees

    The following areas are designated ONLY for University employees (Aramark, facilities, etc.) who are required to report to work on home football game days. No tailgating is permitted in these areas. All vehicles entering and parking in these areas must display valid employee parking permits. Towing from all other campus employee parking areas will begin at 12:01 a.m. game day Saturday.

    • Employee spaces behind Redfern Health Center and adjacent to Newman Hall.
    • Last row of E-1 parking lot closest to the Biosystems Research Complex.
    • McGinty Court metered parking in front of Barre Hall.
    • Metered parking in R-8 at Douthit Hills.
    • Last row of E-28 parking lot at Douthit Hills (24-hour employee spaces).
    • 24-hour employee spaces in R-9 at Douthit Hills.

Transit Service

As with all weekends, buses do not run on campus during weekend games. ADA shuttles, however, are in service operating three hours before kickoff from the Sikes Hall parking lot to the stadium through the end of the game. Patrons needing assistance are allowed one person to accompany them. Please note that regularly scheduled off-campus routes remain in service but may deviate to avoid campus roadways. The Red Route is in operation with a route deviation to avoid College Avenue and Sikes Hall. The only on-campus bus stop location is Cherry Road at Bryan Circle.

No Tows Route

Tiger Transit will operate a "No Tows Route" with stops at the gates of Kite Hill Recycling Center in R-1, R-3 and West Campus on Fort Hill Street at Dillard Hall during the following service hours:

  • Day before – 3 p.m. until midnight.
  • Day after – noon-6 p.m.

Tiger Transit is also available from 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 p.m.-6 a.m. Friday through Sunday to provide transportation to and from parking lots. Tiger Transit will not operate for three hours following the end of the game to allow time for traffic to disperse.

Request a ride on the my.Clemson app under “Transit.”