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.Watch video
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.Watch video
"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.
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.
GAME! COCKS! Chant
One half of the stadium chants GAME! and the other half responds with COCKS!
“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!
“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!