Gamecocks Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Football

Head Coach: Shane Beamer

Team Mascot: Cocky, Sir Big Spur

Year Opened: 1934

Capacity: 77559

City / State: Columbia / South Carolina

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Palmetto Bowl

Rival Team: Clemson Tigers

Unlike other college football rivalries the rivalry between Clemson and South Carolina runs much deeper than the gridiron. The two schools were founded 88 years apart as Clemson was established to satisfy the agrarian movement’s request for more agricultural education after South Carolina refused to expand their agriculture program. On the field, the two teams play in the longest uninterrupted series as the two teams first met in 1896 when the Gamecocks beat the Tigers 12-6.

South Carolina vs Georgia

Rival Team: Georgia Bulldogs

The Gamecocks rivalry with the Bulldogs dates back to 1894 and has been dominated by Georgia for most of its history as they hold a 47-18-2 all-time lead. However, since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1990, the rivalry has been much closer as the Bulldogs only hold a 14-9 advantage.

Gamecocks Tailgate Guide


One thing about South Carolina Gamecocks fans is that they’re extremely loyal. The Gamecocks haven’t been the best of teams in the SEC, but if you take a look at their crowd, you would think they were national champions. In 1999, the Gamecocks went 0-11, but each game they had 80,000 people are sitting in the stands cheering on their team. The fans at South Carolina love their team and the experience. Regardless of how their team is performing, the fans will always do their part.

It’s not just in the stadium that this extreme loyalty creates a great atmosphere, but at the tailgate as well. The fans here really love to tailgate and kick things off five hours before kick off. When you arrive, you’ll find the lots covered in garnet and black with the smokers fired up and ready to prepare some of the finest barbecues you’ll ever eat.

Like many places in the south the dress at a Gamecocks, game ranges from casual to more dressed up. It isn’t uncommon to see women in sundresses and men in shirts and ties here, although it isn’t required and many people will be seen sporting Gamecocks jerseys and apparel.

It’s not just the fans who take tailgating seriously at South Carolina though as the university has gone through the effort to develop one of the best tailgate destinations in the nation in Gamecock Park. The University of South Carolina has developed a tailgate area on the site of the former Farmer’s Market. Here you’ll find cable TV hook ups, electric outlets, tent zones, and even permanent bathrooms. The park is also home to Garnett Way, which allows for you to watch the band, cheerleaders, and team march to the stadium.

One of the things that sets tailgating at South Carolina apart is the Cockaboose Railroad. These luxury tailgate spots allow you to enjoy tailgating in style. Here you’ll find bartenders in tuxedos, hardwood floors, marble countertops, and fans sipping Pat O’Brien Hurricanes. This is the high life of tailgating and something that can only be found in South Carolina.

Regardless of whether you’re tailgating in style in the Cockaboose Railroad or barbecuing at Gamecock Park or in one of the parking lots, you’ll have a great time tailgating at South Carolina.


Gamecock Walk

Catch a glimpse of the team as they make their way from the bus to the stadium during the Gamecock Walk. If you’re looking to get into the gameday spirit then make sure to attend the Gamecock Walk where you’ll get to see all your favorite South Carolina players in person.

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George Rogers Statue

his statue outside the stadium pays tribute to South Carolina’s only Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. Stop by and honor the finest player in the history of Gamecocks football.

Cockaboose Railroad

It all started around 1990 when a South Carolina fan hated the look of the rundown tracks right outside the stadium. He proceeded to clean up the tracks and place renovated cabooses on the tracks to create a one-of-a-kind tailgating experience. There are 22 cabooses in the Gamecock Railroad today, and each unit has a boatload of amenities including big screen TV's, mahogany cabinets, heating and air, granite counter-tops and anything else you can imagine.

Gamecock Park

A state of the art tailgate destination created by the University. Here you’ll find many amenities including electricity, bathrooms, and tent zones. You’ll also have a great view of the band and team’s pregame walk to the stadium.

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Where to tailgate

Gamecocks Stadium Guide

In Game

The South Carolina Gamecocks play inside Williams-Brice Stadium which opened up in 1934. It has grown significantly throughout the years having originally held 17,600, however, today it has grown to a capacity of 80,250. The Gamecocks sell out all 80,250 seats for most games, which creates a rocking atmosphere and gives South Carolina quite the home field advantage.

When it comes to the Gamecocks and their fans, they are all about loyalty. Whether it be their best season or their worst season, they will always be there rooting for their team. These fans are one of a kind and are one of the most valuable assets to the team.

One of the coolest things about attending a South Carolina game is Sir Big Spur, the school’s live gamecock mascot. He is one of the few live mascots that is with the team at both home and away games so that you can catch him at William-Brice Stadium as well as other stadiums throughout the SEC. Listen for the crows and caws of Sir Big Spur to ignite the crowd into a frenzy.

Another must see part of any South Carolina game is the player entrance. The entrance at South Carolina is one of the most atmospheric in all the nation and will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. The PA announcer will announce, “Welcome to Williams-Brice,” which will be followed by as a video plays along with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Then fireworks will launch as the team runs onto the field and everyone works themselves up into a frenzy waving towels around. This intro is something you’ll want to be a part of, so make sure to get to your seat early.

You’ll have a blast at Williams-Brice Stadium experiencing one of the loudest and most passionate crowds in all of college football.

Things to check out

Sir Big Spur

The live mascot at South Carolina games goes back to when Eric Hyman took over as athletic director in 2005 and was looking for a way to add excitement to the Gamecock football experience. Someone mentioned that a fan had been bringing a live rooster to Gamecock baseball games and the rest is history.

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Cocky was "born" in 1980 when he took over for his dad, Big Spur, at South Carolina athletic events. He's become one of the most recognizable mascots in college football and is a part of the Gamecock tradition.Cocky appears out of nowhere, in his magical black box with his smoke screen, and gets the crowd hyped up as the football team enters Williams-Brice to do battle with their opponent.

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Rooster Crow

After every South Carolina touchdown a rooster crow is played over the PA. The rooster crow lets everyone know where they are and riles the fans up even further as everyone jumps up and down celebrating the Gamecocks score.

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Fight Songs

  1. Sandstorm

    "Sandstorm" was first played at Williams-Brice on a day when South Carolina was on the verge of upsetting the No. 4 ranked Ole Miss Rebels.The Gamecocks defense was on top of its game that day and the crowd was into it. All of a sudden, "Sandstorm" hit the speakers and the place went crazy. A tradition was born in an instant. Now, "Sandstorm" is played throughout key moments during South Carolina football games and continues to produce energy throughout the stadium.

  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey

    The Gamecocks assemble in the southwest corner of the of stadium waiting for the right moment to run on to the field. A video plays South Carolina highlights from over the years with the closing line from Steve Spurrier: "It's time for Carolina football!" "2001: A Space Odyssey" begins to play and the crowd goes wild.

  3. GAME! COCKS! Chant

    One half of the stadium chants GAME! and the other half responds with COCKS!


  4. “Step to the Rear”

    South Carolina’s fight song

    Hey, Let’s give a cheer, Carolina is here,
    The Fighting Gamecocks lead the way.
    Who gives a care, If the going gets tough,
    And when it is rough, that’s when the ‘Cocks get going.
    Hail to our colors of garnet and Black,
    In Carolina pride have we.
    So, Go Gamecocks Go – FIGHT!
    Drive for the goal – FIGHT!
    USC will win today – GO COCKS!
    So, let’s give a cheer, Carolina is here.
    The Fighting Gamecocks All The Way!

  5. “We Hail Thee Carolina”

    South Carolina’s alma mater

    We hail thee, Carolina, and sing thy high praise
    With loyal devotion, remembering the days
    When proudly we sought thee, thy children to be: Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
    (Only the first verse is sung or played.)
    Since pilgrims of learning, we entered thy walls
    And found dearest comrades in thy classic halls
    We’ve honored and loved thee as sons faithfully; Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
    Generations of sons have rejoiced to proclaim
    Thy watchword of service, thy beauty and fame; For ages to come shall their rallying cry be: Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
    Fair shrine of high honor and truth, thou shalt still
    Blaze forth as a beacon, thy mission fulfill, And crowned by all hearts in a new jubilee: Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!

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