Gamecock cheerleaders cheering in front of Williams-Brice stadium

Family Weekend Football Game

Our signature Tailgate Party and South Carolina v. Akron football game will be a highlight of the weekend. Plan ahead to have the most memorable time!

Important: Clear Bag Policy

Guests carrying bags that do not meet the stadium's criteria will not be admitted to the venue.

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Football Tickets

Students and family members who register for Family Weekend wristbands with a football ticket will be seated in the upper level of Williams-Brice Stadium, mostly in the 900, 500 and 300 sections. Please note that students who wish to sit with their family in this area must register for the Family Weekend student wristband with football ticket. For children 2 and under, football admission is complementary as long as they do not occupy a seat. Learn more about football gameday policies. Families interested in different seating can purchase directly through USC's official ticket site, which is separate from the Family Weekend wristband options.

Coordinating Seating Assignments

For families wishing to sit together during the football game, we recommend coordinating registration timing and selecting the same section/row. As sections may change during registration, registering around the same time increases the likelihood of sitting together.

In the past, some families have registered their entire party (multiple families) under one name to ensure proximity of tickets. If you choose this option, please email Parent and Family Programs ( with both families' names, emails, student names, and USC IDs.

If your party has already registered and is interested in sitting with other Family Weekend registrants, please email Parent and Family Programs at with the names and emails of interested families.

While we cannot guarantee seating together, our office will collaborate closely with athletics to request seats in the same section or nearby, aiming to enhance your Family Weekend experience.

Purchasing Additional Wristbands

If you need to purchase additional wristbands after your original purchaseuse the same email and name from your original order confirmation. We recommend that you purchase the closest location. Once you have made your additional purchase, please email as we can add you to our list of seat request for athletics.

Managing Digital Tickets

Tickets will be made available approximately two weeks prior to game day and delivered digitally to your account manager through the South Carolina Gamecocks App (available in both Apple App Store and Google Play). Review detailed instructions on accessing and managing digital tickets.


The university makes Family Weekend widely accessible for those with disabilities.

For any football seating accommodation, please proceed with purchasing your football tickets as instructed above. Once you have completed your purchase, email and let us know your specific need. This will allow us to work with athletics to adjust your seating as needed.

For any other accommodation needs, please email for assistance.


Family Tailgate Party

The traditional gameday tailgate for Family Weekend is 3.5 hours prior to kickoff. Visit with Cocky, Cocky’s parents and the cheerleaders, and listen to live music from the Carolina Marching Band. Enjoy plenty of tailgate food like barbecue, hot dogs, chicken fingers and more.

We encourage families to bring a picnic blanket to sit on and enjoy the tailgate. Remember whatever you bring to the tailgate you must be able take with you to the stadium. Outside beverages are not permitted. Check the football game day information for details.

The walk from where the shuttle drops off to the tailgate location is approximately 1.1 miles. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for a hot, humid day. Always follow the instructions of law enforcement, stationed at each intersection.

No parking is available at the tailgate, but there are a variety of ways to get to the stadium safely.

  • First-come, first-served pay lots around the South Carolina Fairgrounds and Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Gameday shuttles pick up and drop off at the Russell House and Colonial Life Arena. Shuttle information

Note: Families who plan to include any of their student’s friends in the festivities should purchase a USC Student Wristband in advance for them as well. Children 2 and under will not be required to purchase a wristband for Family Weekend events. Individual tickets to signature events like the Family Tailgate Party are not available. 


Shuttle Information and Directions to Family Tailgate

More details regarding gameday shuttles and walking directions to the Family Tailgate will be shared at a later date.