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Fans spend Labor Day tailgating ahead of Cards' ACC debut

Tailgaters were out early in anticipation of the Cards' first game in the ACC. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News) Tailgaters were out early in anticipation of the Cards' first game in the ACC. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
The Cloud family was set up early at the stadium's Green Lot. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News) The Cloud family was set up early at the stadium's Green Lot. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
The Cloud family rolls out the red carpet at their RV. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News) The Cloud family rolls out the red carpet at their RV. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
Greg Cloud (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News) Greg Cloud (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - For many people across the nation, Labor Day meant a day off work, but in Louisville, it meant an early morning of set up for tailgaters eager for the UofL season opener like the Cloud family.

"We have our system," said Greg Cloud while setting up his tailgating section in the Green Lot at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. "[My wife] takes care of most of the things inside, and while she's working inside I'm putting stuff together out here."

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Labor Day marked a historic day for home team fans and visitors alike, "this being the first year in the ACC," said Cloud. "We really need to represent."

"We haven't had a conference, you know, off and on, so this is really exciting," said Cloud's mother-in-law Ellen Potter.

"It's always coming down here to Louisville," said Jake Johnson, a Miami Hurricanes fan who traveled from Pittsburgh to attend the game. "The fans are awesome!"

While just about everyone had their game predictions, fans from both sides celebrated the Cards' conference debut. Many 'Canes fans seemed eager for a rematch while Cards' fans remained eager for a repeat victory.

"You guys made a smart move joining the ACC," said Ridel Delasota, a Miami Hurricanes fan who traveled from Atlanta, Georgia. "You guys beat us bad in the bowl game last year."

"Today's going to be a different story," said Johnson. "We've got [Miami running back] Duke Johnson back."

"I'm not sure about the score," said Potter. "I just know I'm excited about the offense. I cannot wait to see that!"

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Sept. 1 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

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