Williams-Brice Stadium History
Williams-Brice Stadium has long been one of the most popular destinations for sports
lovers in South Carolina. It is best known as the home field of the South Carolina Gamecocks, and on game days during NCAA
football season it is one of the most thrilling environments in all of college football. Home games have been held at the
stadium since 1934 when the Gamecocks defeated Erskine 25-0 for their first ever victory. The venue has gone under several
renovations over the years and is regularly in the top 20 in all of college football regarding attendance. If you are planning
on attending a game at Williams-Brice Stadium be sure to get your tickets from StubHub early to be sure you can get inside
to cheer on the Gamecocks.
Williams-Brice Stadium Events
Playing in the highly regarded SEC means that
the Gamecocks face off against the best teams in college football every weekend during the college football season. Game days
at Williams-Brice Stadium are an event unlike any other in the country, from the color and chants and smell of barbecue in
the parking lot before the game to the incredible displays of athleticism on the field and the enthusiasm of the fans in the
stands, the environment at Williams-Brice Stadium is unmatched. there have also been occasional concerts at the stadium by
the likes of U2, Guns N' Roses, The Rolling Stones, and Metallica.
Williams-Brice Stadium Experience
football is one of the biggest sports in America and immediately upon entering Williams-Brice Stadium on game day you will
see exactly why. Each game is a spectacle unlike anything you can find elsewhere in the world of sports. The pageantry of
the cheerleaders, mascots, marching bands, and wild fans are enough to get you out of your seat, and then the game begins.
Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, clutch field goals, and game breaking plays fill
up the day of world class college football. These are some of the best student athletes you can find anywhere and some of
them will go on to be the NFL superstars of tomorrow. Additionally, Williams-Brice Stadium was the site of a 1987 visit by
Pope John Paul II, and has hosted NFL preseason games.
Williams-Brice Stadium Seating Layout
renovations and expansions Williams-Brice Stadium has finally reached a maximum capacity of over 80,000 fans with a record
attendance of more than 85,000. The students section is especially loud and with everyone jumping around the whole stadium
is known to vibrate. The upper deck has been seen swaying back and forth during game days, sometimes moving as much as a foot
although studies by the university have shown that the area is structurally sound. The students take pride in the ability
to make the area sway and have adopted the saying, "If it ain't swayin', we ain't playin'."
atmosphere at Williams-Brice Stadium on game days was declared the best by ESPN in 2005 and 2007. It is frequently referred
to as the Cock Pit, since South Carolina's mascot is the Gamecocks, and a 1970′s campaign to get Astro Turf put on the
field was known as "Carpet the Cock Pit."