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Big Changes Coming In 2012 For Gamecock Football Fans

9:08 PM, May 11, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - From a new scoreboard in the stadium to a new tailgating area in the old Farmers Market, News19 has received the latest on construction updates for USC football fans.

Williams-Brice stadium looks a lot different currently. The scoreboard that you're used to looking at in the endzone is now gone as USC makes way for a bigger one.

This August, the old Farmers Market site will go from produce to tailgating. Associate Athletics Director Jeff Davis says the site is more than 50 completed.

"It's just going to be the place to be on gameday," said Davis. "We have two VIP parking areas that are located near Bluff Road. The VIP parking areas will have power and cable in those parking areas."

It's been a three year process to turn the site into a tailgaters paradise. From purchasing to demolition, to now deveolping the 52 1/2 acre site.

"One of the main features of this site is the Garnet Way. It's pretty much a connecting spine right down the middle of the site that the team will be dropped off at some point and be the Gamecock walk," said Davis.

The site, still unnamed, will hold 3,000 new parking spots and have access to six restrooms. But that's not the only addition coming to the 2012 football season.

"We are in the process of replacing the new video board in the North endzone," said Davis.

Removal of the old board began this week, leaving an empty gap until the new screen arives. Computer renderings show a glimpse of a new experience in Williams Brice.

"I think everybody will have a hard time focusing on the field because all the eyes are going to be on the video board because it's going to be so spectacular."

Just a few other reasons to be excited for kickoff in 2012.

"It's a great benefit for our fans. We have great fans. The money they contribute to the program, this is payoff for their support," said Davis.

Construction crew still need to add some 500 trees and finish paving roads and parking lots. Davis tells News19 that both projects should be complete by the middle of August, just in time for opening weekened.

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