family taking photos with Cocky at the tailgate

Family Weekend

Spend an unforgettable weekend with your Carolina family, Sept. 27-29 and enjoy fellowship, football and so much more!

Carolina's ultimate family fundays will be here before you can say, "Go Gamecocks!" Till then, you can get a head start on your Family Weekend planning by saving the date and securing your accommodations for the weekend today. Take a look at everything you and your entire family can be a part of at Family Weekend 2019. You can also review Frequently Asked Questions to better prepare for Family Weekend.

Note: The week of Family Weekend, registered participants will receive an email with final details regarding the weekend's activities, check-in and more. 

Registration and Details

To register, families must purchase a UofSC student package, as well as a family member package for each individual planning to attend Family Weekend. There are two package options for UofSC students and two package options for family members. Registration is required to attend Family Weekend. Late online registration is available Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. and will close Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. Late Family Weekend registration includes a $20 fee for each package. Additional packages will be available for purchase on-site during Check-In, Friday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Family Packages

  • Package 1 — includes access to all Family Weekend events: $70 + $20 (late registration fee) = $90
  • Package 2 — includes access to all Family Weekend events + ticket to football game: $110 + $20 (late registration fee) = $130

Student Packages

  • Package 1 — includes access to all Family Weekend events: $15 + $20 (late registration fee) = $35
  • Package 2 — includes access to all Family Weekend events + ticket to sit with family at football game: $55 + $20 (late registration fee) = $75

Family Weekend packages include admittance to Family Weekend signature events where food and beverages are available. Family members over the age of 21 will also receive drink tickets to enjoy responsibly at Rock the Roost and the Family Weekend Tailgate Party. UofSC students, regardless of age, and family members under the age of 21 will not be served alcohol at Family Weekend events, but will be able to enjoy the same food and fun!

Football tickets purchased through Family Weekend registration will be delivered electronically the week of the game.


Weekend Schedule

26  Thursday, September 26

When: Thursday, September 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Russell House University Union

Want an even faster check-in experience? Pick up your Family Weekend materials before the crowd arrives on Friday. Your student can also pick up your materials as long as they have their CarolinaCard (student ID) and a copy of your confirmation email.

27  Friday, September 27

When: FridaySeptember 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Russell House University Union

All registered Family Weekend participants should check in to pick up their materials, including the Guide to Family Weekend, Family Weekend wristbands, football tickets and other goodies. Either you or your student can pick up your materials during check-in on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’ll be arriving after 5 p.m., you may check in on Friday evening from 8 to 10 p.m. during Rock the Roost at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center.

When: Friday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Russell House University Union

While you’re checking in for Family Weekend, visit with representatives from key university offices. 

When: Friday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Campus-wide

Enjoy time connecting with faculty and staff from your student’s academic college or department. Events will be hosted throughout the day, including by the Arnold School of Public Health, the College of Information and Communications and many others. Specific details for each event are available on the Parent & Family Programs mobile app.

When: Friday, September 27, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Russell House University Union

Learn more about your student’s life at South Carolina by attending one of our many educational sessions throughout the day. This year’s educational sessions are available on the Parent & Family Programs mobile app.

When: Friday, September 27, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Greene Street (in front of Russell House University Union)

Connect with area apartment communities and learn more about the off-campus housing search at the Off-Campus Housing Expo. You will be able to meet representatives from student apartment communities and have your questions answered by Community Ambassadors and staff from Off-Campus Living & Neighborhood Relations.

When: Friday, September 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Historic Horseshoe

Kick off Family Weekend by stopping by the Welcome Reception for hors d’oeuvres on the beautiful historic Horseshoe. Connect with other families from across the country and enjoy seeing where your Gamecock calls home.

When: Friday, September 27, from 8 to 11 p.m.
Where: Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center

Join us for sips and snacks featuring Cocky’s favorite comforts. Challenge another family to a lawn game and begin making beloved Carolina memories.

28  Saturday, September 28

Sunrise: Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 a.m. 
Pre-Brunch: Saturday, September 28 at 9 a.m. 
Where: Davis Field
Registration requested

Join us for a special Family Weekend yoga session (or two!). Bring the whole family or take a moment to yourself to relax and restore. 

When: Saturday, September 28, Time TBD (2.5 hours before kickoff)
 Corner of Bluff and National Guard Roads (entrance is on National Guard Road)

Get excited for the football game against Kentucky at this traditional, Southern tailgate party! Visit with Cocky, Cocky’s parents and the cheerleaders, and listen to live music from the Carolina Marching Band. Enjoy tailgate food like barbecue, hot dogs, chicken fingers and more! Plenty of food and drinks will be available.

Please refer to the Football Fan Guide for gameday and parking information, or take the shuttle to the game. Walking directions from the shuttle drop-off point to the Tailgate Party will be provided. Please keep in mind that the walk from the shuttle drop-off to the Tailgate Party is approximately 1.1 miles.Make sure to wear your Family Weekend wristband and bring your drink tickets (if applicable) and football game tickets. All guests, including Carolina students, must have their Family Weekend wristband to enter the Tailgate Party. This event is subject to change based on weather conditions.

When: Saturday, September 28, Time TBD
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium

Enjoy Carolina football as the Gamecocks take on the Kentucky Wildcats! Make sure to take your tickets for the game, and enter the stadium at the correct gate. Be in your seats at least 20 minutes before kickoff to experience the best entrance in college football! Please note: To provide a safer environment and more expedited entry for fans, Gamecock Athletics implemented a clear bag policy beginning with the 2016-2017 season for all ticketed athletic events that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the venues. Please read this policy so you are prepared for gameday.

29  Sunday, September 29

Sunrise: Sunday, September 29 at 7:30 a.m. 
Pre-Brunch: Sunday, September 29 at 9 a.m. 
Where: Davis Field
Registration requested

Join us for a special Family Weekend yoga session (or two!). Bring the whole family or take a moment to yourself to relax and restore. 

That's not all!

Family Weekend events will be added regularly to the Parent & Family Programs mobile app. Check back often to begin planning your weekend! Times and locations are subject to change.


Create a Gameplan for South Carolina vs. Kentucky

For many Carolina families, Family Weekend is the perfect warm-up for the South Carolina vs. Kentucky football game. Get all the details about gameday traditions, spectator conduct and more when visiting one of the SEC's best gameday environments: Williams-Brice Stadium. Don't forget to visit the official Family Weekend Tailgate that starts 2.5 hours before kickoff, too!

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Gameday Information

Find out everything there is to know about events at Williams-Brice Stadium from pregame traditions to lost and found.


Shuttle Service

The Gameday Shuttle Service can get you to and from university athletic events from several locations around campus. 

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Clear Bag Policy

To provide a safer environment and more expedited entry for fans, University of South Carolina Athletics has established a clear bag policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the stadium.