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Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2021 will be here before you can say, "Go Gamecocks!" Spend an unforgettable weekend with your Carolina family, Sept. 24-25, and enjoy fellowship, football and so much more!

Family Weekend registration is CLOSED! Be sure to keep a look out for an email in the coming weeks with details regarding Family Weekend. If you have not, we encourage you to download the Parent and Family mobile app as all schedules, tips, and resources are listed in our app for easy access for all families and students attending Family Weekend.

Be sure to check out the email that was sent out on Thursday, September 16, 2021. This provides all the final details!


Family Weekend is the perfect way to get to know the Carolina community better. While you're in town, spend time learning all our thriving hometown — Columbia, South Carolina — has to offer, visit our historic UofSC campus and meet fellow family members and students. 

Traditionally, this event includes educational sessions, receptions, and a spectacular football tailgate prior to watching the Gamecocks play! Continue to check this page for up-to-date information. 

'Til then, get a head start on your Family Weekend planning by saving the date and securing your accommodations in advance.

Registration & Details

As we are excited to share the dates for Family Weekend for Fall 2021 (Sept. 24-25), we are also navigating continued impacts of COVID-19 and our ability to safely host large gatherings/events. With the university’s announcement for full return to face-to-face classes and the resumption of normal campus operations, the Office of Parent and Family Programs is happy to announce that Family Weekend 2021 is officially on the books! Our office will continue to follow university guidelines regarding COVID-19 mitigation strategies. We will continue to keep parents and families informed at our Parent and Families Gateway, E-News, and UofSC Parents Facebook Page.

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 individual package options for UofSC students and two individual family member package options. Online registration is closed as of Monday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. (EDT) and is required to attend Family Weekend.

Package Options

  • Individual Family Member Package 1 - $70
    • Family member access to Family Weekend events only. This does not include a football ticket.
  • Individual Family Member Package 2 - $110
    • Family member access to Family Weekend events + a football ticket.
  • UofSC Student Package 1 - $15
    • UofSC student access to Family Weekend events only. This does not include a football ticket.
  • UofSC Student Package 2 - $55
    • UofSC student access to Family Weekend events + a football ticket to sit with family during the game.

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!


Family Weekend 2021 Schedule of Events


Thursday, Sept. 23



2 - 6 p.m.

Family Weekend Check-In

Russell House University Union


Friday, Sept. 24



9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Family Weekend Check-In

Russell House University Union

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Family Weekend Resource Fair

Russell House University Union

  • University Police - Division of Law Enforcement and Safety
  • University Health Services
  • Carolina Card
  • UofSC Press
  • Parking Services
  • MyCarolina Alumni Association
  • Carolina Food Company

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Family Weekend Featured Sessions

Stay tuned for more details, but for now here are some topics/presenters.

  • Education Abroad

  • USCPD – Safety

  • Career Center – Preparing for Internships

  • Career Center – Graduate School Preparation

  • Sophomore Year Experience

  • On-Campus and Off-Campus Living

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life

  • Health and Well-Being

  • Undergraduate Ombudsman

**Please note that there will be additional sessions throughout campus hosted by colleges/departments throughout Family Weekend.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Housing Expo

Greene Street

4 – 5:30 p.m.

President Meet and Greet

Historic Horseshoe

7 – 10 p.m.

Rock the Roost

Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center


Saturday, Sept. 25



4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Family Weekend Tailgate Party
corner of Bluff and National Guard Roads

7 p.m.

South Carolina vs. Kentucky Football

Williams-Brice Stadium


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

Family Weekend will be held Sept. 24-25. This is a great time to visit campus to see your student’s college home. Many fun social and educational events are planned for the weekend so your family can have a great time together. Family Weekend is a beloved South Carolina tradition, so you won’t want to miss it.

Registration will close Monday, Sept 6 at 4 p.m. (EDT).

Due to planning requirements, late registration will not take place. Families and students must purchase their family weekend packages prior to registration closing on September 6, 4 p.m. (EDT).

Plan to arrive to Columbia on Thursday late afternoon/early evening (Sept. 23) to take full advantage of the opportunities available throughout the weekend. We will host educational sessions, open classes, meet-and-greets and more throughout Friday. The schedule of events will be available on the Parent & Family Programs mobile app and will be updated regularly with new events throughout the summer.

Definitely. Family Weekend is for every Gamecock to enjoy, no matter their age. Any family members over the age of 2 are required to have a Family Weekend wristband to attend events, so individual packages must be purchased for them as well.

If you need to purchase additional packages after your original purchase, you will want to use the same email and name from your original order confirmation. This will connect the orders through the registration platform so that football tickets are grouped together, if the section is not already sold out. You will receive your tickets electronically.   

Once the first family in your party registers for Family Weekend, they will receive a specialized link in their confirmation email that they can send to you. Once you have access to that link and check out with your family’s Family Weekend packages, it will connect your orders together so that the football tickets are assigned next to each other. This works as long as the section is not sold out.

All football game tickets will be delivered digitally to your account manager through the South Carolina Gamecocks App (available in both Apple App Store and Google Play). Tickets will be made available approximately two weeks prior to game day.  Detailed instructions on how to access and manage your mobile tickets can be found here

Families can check in at the Russell House Ballroom during the following times.

Thursday, Sept. 23 , 2 - 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Families can check in at the Rock the Roost Event located at the Wellness and Fitness Center

Friday, Sept. 24 7 - 9 p.m.

Families can check in at the Tailgate Event, which begins 2.5 hours prior to kick-off, but would encourage families to come prior to get the most out of their experience!

**Students can also check in for their family, but will need their Carolina Card and a copy of the confirmation email to do so. 

During the Family Weekend events on campus, you will receive a parking pass with information about the lots and garages where you are able to park throughout the weekend. Bull Street Garage will be available and is a short walking from check-in at the Russell House.

Family members and UofSC students have the option to purchase an Individual Family Weekend package that includes a football ticket (“Individual Family Member Package + Football Ticket” and “UofSC Student Package + Football Ticket”). Your student can also go through the Student Ticketing request process to sit in the student section during the game, however they would not be able to join you at your Family Weekend seats.

Individual tickets to Family Weekend events are not available, each person attending must have purchased an individual package and have their own wristband. Families are welcome and encouraged to include their student’s roommate in the Family Weekend festivities by purchasing a UofSC Student Package for them as well. This can be done in advance through online registration for $15, or on-site (which will include a convenience fee) during Family Weekend.

Parking is not available at the Tailgate Party, but there are a variety of options for getting to the stadium safely. There are pay lots around the South Carolina Fairgrounds and Williams-Brice Stadium, but many of those are first-come, first-served.

Refer to the Football Game Day Information about traffic flow before and after the game. Starting three hours before kickoff, the university offers a shuttle that picks up at Colonial Life Arena (Lincoln @Devine) and the Russell House and drops off on Rosewood Drive, east of the Main Gate to the State Fairgrounds. Shuttles run until 1.5 hours after the game with limited service throughout the game. If you utilize UofSC Shuttles, you MUST wear a face covering and your wristband.

**Please note that you will experience longer wait times as shuttles have capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions.

**No coolers, food, or drinks (with the exception of sealed bottles of water) are allowed on shuttles.

The walk from the shuttle drop-off to the Tailgate Party is approximately 1.1 miles. Plan to wear comfortable shoes and dress for a hot, humid day! Gamecock fans always expect to walk around our stadium area!

Walking directions. After exiting the shuttle (Rosewood/ Assembly St.), follow the sidewalk east toward Bluff Rd. (the stadium will be on your left).

• Turn south (left) on Bluff Rd. Follow the sidewalk, passing the State Fairgrounds on your left.

• As you approach the stoplight at George Rogers Blvd., cross to the other side (keeping next to the stadium).

• Continue to walk on the sidewalk south (the stadium will be on your left). Gamecock Park will be ahead, and you will cross Bluff Rd. at this time.

• Continue straight until you reach National Guard Rd., then turn right. You will walk past then entrance to cross the street to the Tailgate Party.

• Look for the big white tents and banner at the entrance of the Family Weekend Tailgate Party.

** Please follow the instructions of law enforcement, stationed at each intersection.

There will be plenty of food and drinks for you and your family to enjoy at the Meet and Greet, Rock the Roost and the Tailgate Party events. Outside beverages are not permitted. There will be limited seating available at the Tailgate Party, but you’re welcome to bring a blanket to sit on while enjoying the food and entertainment. Just remember, anything you bring with you to the game must comply with stadium policies and fit in your clear bag.

We want all guests to have a fun, family-filled weekend. If you need an accommodation, please email the Office of Parent & Family Programs at to let us know the details of your needs. We will try our best to make arrangements.

Because our event is planned specifically for the number of people who register, we are unable to offer any refunds -- in full or in part -- after registration closes on Sept. 6.


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