COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Authorities will be changing the traffic patterns around Williams-Brice Stadium on game day to accommodate the tens of thousands of fans.About four hours before kickoff, all lanesMore >>
Authorities will be changing the traffic patterns around Williams-Brice Stadium on game day to accommodate the tens of thousands of fans.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:23 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:23:36 GMT
University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban became the latest in a long line of great Crimson Tide sports figures inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday evening. Saban arrivedMore >>
University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban became the latest in a long line of great Crimson Tide sports figures inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday evening. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:21 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:21:31 GMT
The Auburn baseball team, seeded 10th, will face a familiar foe in the first round of next week's Southeastern Conference Tournament as it is set to face seventh-seeded and in-state rival Alabama on TuesdayMore >>
The Auburn baseball team, seeded 10th, will face a familiar foe in the first round of next week's Southeastern Conference Tournament as it is set to face seventh-seeded and in-state rival Alabama on Tuesday at the Hoover Met.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:19 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:19:43 GMT
Auburn scored eight times in the fourth inning en route to an 11-6 win over No. 11 Arkansas in the regular season finale. With the win Auburn, which won its final three SEC series, two over ranked opponents,More >>
With the win Auburn, which won its final three SEC series, two over ranked opponents, finished the 2013 regular season 33-22, 13-17 SEC while Arkansas finished it 35-19, 18-11 SEC.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:17 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:17:15 GMT
The Alabama Crimson Tide wrapped up the 2013 regular season with a 14-10 Southeastern Conference loss to No. 1 Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon from Hawkins Field. Alabama finishes the season with a 32-24More >>
Alabama finishes the season with a 32-24 overall record, and a 14-15 mark in SEC play. The Tide ended the conference season with a seventh place finish and will face Auburn in the second game of the first round of the SEC Baseball Tournament on Tuesday at the Hoover Met.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 5:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 21:39:12 GMT
The second-ranked Alabama men's golf team shot the lowest round of the day by six shots to overtake Florida and win the 2013 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional on the par-72, 7,436-yard University Club of BatonMore >>
The second-ranked Alabama men's golf team shot the lowest round of the day by six shots to overtake Florida and win the 2013 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional on the par-72, 7,436-yard University Club of Baton Rouge on Saturday. More >>
COLUMBIA (WIS) – With just one day until the first University of South Carolina home game this football season, university officials are ready for fans to see new upgrades in and around Williams-Brice Stadium.
"It's better than we could have ever imagined," said Executive Associate Athletic Director Kevin O'Connell as he looked out over the Old Farmers Market parking lot from the third level of stadium. "I think our design team did a fabulous job."
O'Connell says it took 18 months and 30.5 million dollars to transform the old lot into a Gamecock's tailgating dream. He says the lot has a park-like feel is topped off by more than 762 trees, 3200 shrubs, 1500 flowering plants and 1600 low-level plants. "Really it's a gift to all the citizens of Columbia because it gives you 53 acres of park-like scenery," added O'Connell.
There are also more than 3000 parking spots, six bathroom facilities, shaded tent zones, cable and electric hook-ups and the ‘Garnet Way'. "[On Saturday], the full band will march at 10:45 a.m. and then they'll do a pep-rally down in front, so it's really going to be a lot of fun," said O'Connell.
O'Connell says most all of the season parking spots are already sold, but on Saturday there will be 100 spots available for game day parking. There are now three gates to enter into the Old Farmers Market, and university officials say many of the spots that used to be right next to the stadium have been moved to the new lot.
"Part of the whole effort to build this beautiful facility was to get the cars off the site of Williams-Brice stadium, so we've gone from 500 cars around the facility and around the stadium to about 120," said O'Connell. "What that's going to mean is a much safer footprint for our fans that are coming to the game," he added.
O'Connell also says that means there will also be more pedestrians walking across the street and whether you're parking in the Old Farmers Market lot or somewhere else, South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) officials say pack some patience and know where you're headed beforehand. "It will help save you time going in and help us save time to keep traffic moving and help people get into their parking spaces a lot faster," said Lance Corporal Brent Kelly with SCHP.
Lance Cpl. Kelly says there are also some parking changes on the East side of the stadium. "They [the Department of Transportation] have actually put up no parking signs on Shop Road this year, so if you parked there last year plan not to park there this year, because if you do you will be subject to a fine and having your vehicle towed," said Lance Cpl. Kelly. Kelly adds that the change was made because the cars on the side of the road forced pedestrians to walk in the road, and officials felt they could not get emergency vehicles through quickly and safely if needed.
Once you have parked and head into the Brice, University officials say there's one more gift they can't wait for you to see- the new video board. "It's magnificent," said O'Connell. "Thirty-six feet high, 124 feet long… it's the third largest in the Southeastern Conference and HD Quality," said O'Connell.
O'Connell says the 6.5 million dollar video board also has special LED lights for big plays. "2001, big interception, big stop by the defense, game winning touchdown…all those type of things, we'll be able to do the light show at night and it's going to be a lot of fun for our fans," added O'Connell.
The Gamecocks are entering this season coming off of the most-winning season in gamecock football history. Officials say in honor of those wins, fans may also notice new signage on the stadium wall. "We're so excited about Coach Spurrier's 11 wins last season, we had a great football season and we've honored him with our all-time single season victory mark of 11 wins," said O'Connell.
Fans will hope for the second win, and first home-game win of the season when the Gamecock's face-off against East Carolina at 12:21 p.m. on Saturday. University officials say football players and the band will be on the ‘Garnet Way' in the Old Farmers Market around 10:00 a.m. Gates open for tailgating at 8:00 a.m.
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Thursday, April 25 2013 7:03 AM EDT2013-04-25 11:03:18 GMT
(RNN) - Big guys are likely to be the stars of the show Thursday night when the NFL Draft again airs in primetime on ESPN, live from Radio City Music Hall. Barring unforeseen weirdness - which can neverMore >>
The NFL Draft with all its drama and uncertainty airs live in prime time Thursday night. Luke Joeckel, Manti Te'o, SEC stars and borderline quarterbacks are among this year's mysteries.More >>
Thursday, April 18 2013 8:52 PM EDT2013-04-19 00:52:03 GMT
(RNN) - Spring practice in the SEC climaxes Saturday when five more teams hold their annual spring scrimmages. Interesting fact: So far the biggest attendance at a spring game this season was at KentuckyMore >>
New coaches at Tennessee, Auburn and Arkansas will give us the first glimpse of their teams in Saturday's SEC spring games. Two-time defending national champion Alabama and Mississippi State also give fans a break from the long college football offseason.
Thursday, April 11 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-04-11 11:00:16 GMT
Many Southeastern Conference football fans will finally get a look at their favorite teams this Saturday, April 13, and several of the annual spring games will be broadcast on TV and on the Web.Texas A&MMore >>
Southeastern Conference fans are beginning to stir as South Carolina, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Kentucky all hold their annual spring football games on Saturday, April 13.More >>
Monday, January 7 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-01-07 11:00:08 GMT
Miami (RNN) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may well win tonight. Not a misprint.He explained that odd statement Sunday at the final news conference before theMore >>
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may win tonight. He meant the team that takes the most chances, forces the action and sets the pace. Teams that do that make mistakes. But they cause the other guys to make mistakes, too. More >>
Sunday, January 6 2013 11:52 AM EST2013-01-06 16:52:47 GMT
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly shook hands Sunday morning in front of the Coaches' Trophy, the prize their two teams want to take home Monday night.More >>
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly shook hands Sunday morning in front of the Coaches' Trophy, the prize their two teams want to take home Monday night. More >>
Friday, December 7 2012 8:37 AM EST2012-12-07 13:37:38 GMT
(RNN) - Butch Jones has been hired as the next head football coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, according to ESPN. Jones has resigned from his position as Cincinnati's head coach, effective immediately,More >>
Butch Jones has been hired as the next head football coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, according to ESPN.More >>
Thursday, November 29 2012 12:54 PM EST2012-11-29 17:54:22 GMT
Offensively, Alabama and Georgia both feature efficient if not flashy quarterbacks, steady if not high-profile receivers and a pair of running backs anyone would love to have. The breakdown: Quarterback: GeorgiaMore >>
Alabama and Georgia both feature efficient if not flashy quarterbacks, steady if not high-profile receivers and a pair of running backs anyone would love to have. Georgia's defense has more stars; Alabama's defense has performed better as a unit.
Monday, November 26 2012 6:15 PM EST2012-11-26 23:15:13 GMT
It is never too early to project where those teams will play, who they will play and, for good measure, the result.More >>
The chaos of the scramble to play in the BCS Championship Game has come down to one possibility - the winner of Bama-Georgia plays Notre Dame. But how the rest of the bowl pairings might shake out is another interesting puzzle. Here are our projections. More >>
Thursday, November 15 2012 4:55 PM EST2012-11-15 21:55:31 GMT
(RNN) - This is mostly a week of throwaway games as SEC teams prep for next week, which features turkey, dressing and a lot of rivalry games.But a bad November Saturday in SEC Country watching ball isMore >>
Can Johnny Football gain 1 billion yards? Can Alabama score 1 billion points? And can Vanderbilt beat Tennessee for only the second time in 1 billion years? Tune in this week and find out.More >>