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Facilities Update: Farmer's Market project, Football Video Board

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We have the latest updates on several of our facility projects, including two that fans are especially excited about, the Farmer's Market renovation and the new video board at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Over at the former Farmer's Market lot, the sights are changing so rapidly it looks a little different almost every day. You can see a conceptual rendering of the finished product here. They have finished milling the asphalt (where they mix the asphalt with the soil) and are currently grading many places on the site. You can now make out the Garnet Way (the long pathway down the center), the two VIP parking areas and one of the quadrants.

The view of the Farmer's Market from the southwest end of Williams-Brice. Click here to check out more photos in our Farmer's Market Renovation photo album on Facebook.

The landscape architect met with the landscape contractor this afternoon in preparation for the arrival of some of our Scarlet Oaks in mid-March. The Scarlet Oaks will line the Garnet Way and Bluff Road. Now this is my favorite part: the Scarlet Oaks have been handpicked by the landscape architect, Kyle Theodore, from a nursery in South Carolina for the vibrant shade of Garnet their leaves will turn in the fall (so unless something strange happens, there will be NO orange fall leaves around here, folks!)

Another project Gamecock Country is extremely excited about is the new video board. Right now we are in the bidding process. The steel structure and architectural cladding is out to bid and the bids will be opened on February 7. The video board specifications have been finalized by our consultant, Ben Cating, Senior Consultant with Acoustic Dimensions (Dallas, TX) and turned over to the University of South Carolina Purchasing department.  The video board will be competitively bid by Purchasing and those dates are being finalized now. 

We believe the video board will be in place for the 2012 home opener on September 8th.  However, there are a lot of unknowns in construction and if the board is not ready, we will have a rental board in place at the contractor's expense.

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Click here to check out today's facilities update on the Athletics Village including the Carolina Tennis Center and the Rice Athletics Center.

For another look at the on-going facilities strategy at Carolina, check out this article from the Post & Courier.

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Looks nice but I would rather see another upper deck for more fans and a LOUDER gameday! GO COCKS

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