Gamecock spirit takes over Horseshoe
By Liz White, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-777-2848
Don’t expect the historic Horseshoe to be very quiet this weekend. Beginning today a bit of the boisterous Williams-Brice Stadium spirit will make its way to the usually peaceful heart of the university.
There will be pride, spirit, passion – and of course Cocky. ESPN’s College GameDay will host its Saturday morning broadcast live from the Horseshoe beginning at 9 a.m., but the transformation of the campus center into football headquarters will start days in advance.
The show previously visited campus in 2010 ahead of the football game against then No. 1-ranked Alabama. That marked the first time the nationally televised show broadcast from the Horseshoe. With the highly anticipated matchup of the No. 6 Gamecocks against the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs, this week’s show is expected to draw a large viewing audience.
The university needs the whole Carolina community to show their Gamecock spirit. When “Sandstorm” is blasted on Greene Street Friday or someone stops to ask a question – this is USC’s chance to share some Carolina love and Southern hospitality.
“A large team of the university family has been preparing and working at a fever-pitched pace to prepare the campus and the stadium area for the many thousands for the ESPN College GameDay and the football weekend,” said Jerry Brewer, associate vice president for student affairs and academic support. “The time and energy being expended will provide the needed support, comfort and security for everyone to experience a wonderful weekend, a beautiful historic college campus to enjoy the pre-game activities and a football game that will quickly be a classic.”
The show’s crew will begin setting up today, Thursday, Oct. 4, and will be filming special segments for ESPNU’s Road Trip show across campus. On Friday, College GameDay will be filming other mini-segments.
“It showcases more than just what’s going on at Williams-Brice Stadium,” said Jeff Davis, associate athletic director for operations and facilities. “They get to show different parts of campus. Being on the historic Horseshoe is a sense of pride for everyone involved. Alumni, current students, faculty and staff will be part of the experience.”
Festivities kick off with a free Switchfoot concert for all students, faculty and staff with a Carolina Card at 6 p.m. Thursday on the Greene Street Intramural Field across from the Colonia Life Arena.
To help get pumped up for GameDay and Carolina’s game against Georgia, the Department of Student Life will provide poster-making supplies to make signs for the broadcast on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Greene Street in front of the Russell House. Cocky and the cheerleaders will be there during this time, and “Sandstorm” will play at noon.
Friday night, students will be allowed to camp out on the Horseshoe in preparation for the 7 a.m. call for fans to rally for the show. Anyone on the Horseshoe can expect to see tents going up around 5 p.m. Friday.
“University of South Carolina students will forever share an enchanted story about the University of South Carolina and the University of Georgia football weekend,” Brewer said. “They will tell their friends, children and eventually their grandchildren about the victory and the weekend of preparation for the game.”
Other things to know:
From now until Saturday afternoon all traffic will be blocked on Sumter Street between Greene and College streets for GameDay. The Green and Express shuttle stop at the Health Sciences building on Sumter Street will be moved to the front of the Horseshoe.
Free shuttles will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with drop-off and pick-up locations at Greene Street in front of the Russell House and at Williams-Brice Stadium on the corner of George Rogers Blvd. and Bluff Road for those fans wishing to attend that park in the vicinity of the Fairgrounds and the former Farmer’s Market. More information about the shuttle is available here.
Interpreters will be at the College GameDay event on Saturday from the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind.
Gamecock Club will host the Lowe's Tailgate featuring Billy Currington at 5 p.m. following the Gamecock Walk on the Garnet Way in the former Farmers Market. We'll be giving out rally towels throughout the stadium and various entrances.
More information about guidelines and activities is available here.
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