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No more balloons: Clemson ending gameday tradition after environmental concerns raised

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The sky will be a little less colorful when Clemson's football team takes the field in 2018, as the university announced it will stop releasing balloons when the team runs down the hill into Death Valley.

The school released a statement saying the tradition that began in 1983 will end, after a recommendation was made by the Clemson University Commission on Sustainability several years ago.

Environmental concerns were also raised by PETA and others organizations. PETA says animals can mistake latex balloon pieces for food, which can result in choking and suffocation.

The statement from Clemson says a plan began in 2017 to reduce the number of balloons by half, and to completely remove their use for the 2018 season.

Campus officials are examining options to replace to balloons, and are also working to find new tasks for the students whose job it was to fill the balloons with helium before games, the statement says.

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