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The late Lonnie Mc Millian, former football coach at Presbyterian College told sports writers in 1948 that he had "to take his team up to Clemson and play in Death Valley" where they rarely scored or gained a victory.
Memorial Stadium hosted The Rolling Stones with Living Colour in 1989 for the Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour.
In 1958, 18,000 sideline seats were added The original cedar wood seating was replaced in 1972 by aluminum seats.
As attendance continued to skyrocket, an upper deck was added to each side of the stadium.
Howard didn't think anything else about the rock and it was used as a door stop in his office for several years.
The tradition of Running Down the Hill started when the football locker rooms were located in Fike Field House (located up the hill northeast of the stadium).
Clemson players would literally "run down the hill" all the way from Fike into the stadium to intimidate opposing teams.
In September 1966, while cleaning out his office, Howard noticed the rock and told IPTAY executive director Gene Willimon, "Take this rock and throw it over the fence or out in the ditch..something with it, but get it out of my office." It is now a tradition for the Clemson Ranger Club to "protect" the Rock during the 24 hours preceding the Clemson-South Carolina game, when held in Death Valley.
ROTC cadets keep a steady drum cadence around the Rock prior to the game, which can be heard across the campus.
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Part of the tradition began after unknown parties vandalized the Rock prior to the 1992 Carolina-Clemson game.