1. 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. If you’re looking to tailgate in style, then the Cockaboose Railroad is the place for you.
2. Gamecocks 2001 Entrance
The opening 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.
3. 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. 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.
“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.
5. Gamecock Park
South Carolina 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.
6. The Palmetto Bowl
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 founded in order 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.
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.
8. George Rogers Statue
This statue outside the stadium pays tribute to South Carolina’s only Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. When at the game stop by and honor the finest player in the history of Gamecocks football.
9. Border Rivalry with Georgia
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.
10. 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.