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IMG_2527.JPGOver 230 invitees from Gamecock Club chapters across the state were welcomed to campus last Saturday for tours of various athletic facilities. The fans were guided through the football facilities at Williams-Brice, the Carolina Stadium baseball facilities, and the newly opened Rice Athletics Center.

"Our goal is to let people see where their money is going," said Executive Director of the Gamecock Club Patrick McFarland. "Their dedication, support, and generosity make it possible for us to be able to support student-athletes and to be able to have the Rice Athletics Center, which replaced the Roundhouse. They hadn't seen [the Rice Athletics Center] yet and they got to see areas of Williams-Brice Stadium and Carolina Stadium they wouldn't typically see. Everyone really enjoyed it."

With the tours held in the morning, fans were also offered a group rate on tickets for the men's basketball game vs. Auburn that afternoon, including the halftime recognition of the football team. For many fans it was great to turn the day into one big celebration. Roger Sloan, president of the Dillon chapter of the Gamecock Club, brought several members of his family for the day, including his mother, Fay, who was celebrating her birthday with the tours and a family lunch. Fay and her husband, Howard, attended ball games at Carolina for about 35 years straight starting in the 1950's. Now in their more elder years, they do not come to games as often, so the opportunity to come see the updated facilities was special.


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The Sloan family taking their turn in the hot seat in the media room at Williams-Brice


"It's really great to be able to come up here and see everything behind the scenes, get a feel for what the student-athletes and coaches have," said Roger Sloan. "It's great to be a Gamecock right now. The university is second to none in facilities. For fans and Gamecock Club members it's great to come up here and be a part of this, feel more connected to the university and Gamecock family."

For his part, Roger says he is really looking forward to more of the same success from the Gamecocks on the gridiron in 2013.

"We're expecting to win now. Coach Spurrier has gotten great recruiting classes and gotten us to where we expect to win. When I was coming up we would hope to win; now Gamecocks expect to win. We're expecting good things for years to come."

Former Student-Athletes Reflect at All-Sports Reunion

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As part of Homecoming, the Gamecock Club hosted their All-Sports Reunion reception last week for student-athletes who graduated in 2002, 1992, 1982, 1972, etc. Check out below what some of the attendees had to share about being back home at Carolina.


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Troy Duke (1992) talking with fellow former student-athletes


Troy Duke - Football (1992)

Q: What does it mean to you as a former student-athlete to be able to come back and have an event like this.
A: I guess the most important thing is to see the old teammates and classmates and the people who have paved the way before I came through the University of South Carolina, so that's a new thing for me. You see some of the stories and see the change in the University and the way the athletics department is working.

Q: Now being with the Letterman Association have you been around a lot already and already seen a lot of the changes they've made?
A: Not until I became an executive committee member and eventually becoming the president of the Letterman Association. The facilities that they're doing and just being informed by the athletic director and all their appointees as they innovate, things they're thinking about, trying to bring us up to the level of a top ranking SEC team - which I think we are at and I'm sure anyone who comes through this facility will agree.

Q: What about any of the facility changes most impressed you compared to your playing days?
A: *laughs* Now, you see that score board out there. I guess from a football perspective, just the new facility level practice fields and the weight room facilities and the training rooms and the players lounge. They have a very user-friendly player's lounge and it's more geared towards building the unity amongst the players, so I really do enjoy that. I really do like the way they are setting that up and enjoy how I see the guys just communicating with each other and just socializing and relaxing with each other.

Q: Now, you're going to be recognized on the filed tomorrow. Are you excited or do you have any stage fright? Or are you just happy to be back down there again?
A: You know, I don't like being around crowds of people, unless I'm in Williams-Brice. So just bringing back that old feeling when you ran out there and got on the field and you made plays and there were people cheering for you. No matter how many times I hear the crowd get loud, I get that little flash back every now and then.



Ryan Brewer - Football (2002)


Q: What does it mean to you as a former player to be able to come back and have an event like this?
A: I mean, it's great for all players to come back, especially people that haven't been here. I live here so I see this all the time, but for all the guys, seeing their faces, walking in, especially the football guys and seeing the training room, weight room, and the lounges. It's almost, I don't want to say jealousy, but "Man I wish we had this". It's pretty cool and obviously [the All-Sports Reunion] is something new and we want to make it grow and get some of these guys out here to see all of this.

Q: Now obviously you had a couple special moments as a player here, but do you have any favorite memories or one that stands out?
A: No, it's really just being here in general, just being at Williams-Brice and being on that field. Anytime Bruce [Ellington] kind of gets [the cheer] like I had and before me was Boo [Williams]. Every time he catches the ball hearing the "BRUUUUUCE" going on there, it's pretty special to hear that. It's one of the great moments out here. But any time you can step on this field it's a privilege.

Q: Just football specifically, what has it been like to watch the team's ascent? You were here for some really great years, but then to see this team even surpass that and do even better what does that mean to you to see the program grow?
A: Oh it's great to see. We are getting to where we want to be. We are a national-status football team now. When we first came here in '99 we were 0-11 but we knew with the class we had and with Coach Holtz here we were going to grow and we were going to do something special and I think since then it's been growing. We've had a couple bumps in the road, but Spurrier came here and has done a great job in bringing in some tremendous athletes that have made this program grow. It's fun to watch and no matter how old. That's the great thing about this, these guys here, football players, any sports, no matter how old they are they've been through the same thing, they've been on the same field bleeding garnet and black out there. No matter what these guys say they're brothers to us and we fight with them on that field.



Troy Duke - Football (1992)

Q: What does it mean to you as a former student-athlete to be able to come back and have an event like this.
A: I guess the most important thing is to see the old teammates and classmates and the people who have paved the way before I came through the University of South Carolina, so that's a new thing for me. You see some of the stories and see the change in the University and the way the athletics department is working.

Q: Now being with the Letterman Association have you been around a lot already and already seen a lot of the changes they've made?
A: Not until I became an executive committee member and eventually becoming the president of the Letterman Association. The facilities that they're doing and just being informed by the athletic director and all their appointees as they innovate, things they're thinking about, trying to bring us up to the level of a top ranking SEC team - which I think we are at and I'm sure anyone who comes through this facility will agree.

Q: What about any of the facility changes most impressed you compared to your playing days?
A: *laughs* Now, you see that score board out there. I guess from a football perspective, just the new facility level practice fields and the weight room facilities and the training rooms and the players lounge. They have a very user-friendly player's lounge and it's more geared towards building the unity amongst the players, so I really do enjoy that. I really do like the way they are setting that up and enjoy how I see the guys just communicating with each other and just socializing and relaxing with each other.

Q: Now, you're going to be recognized on the filed tomorrow. Are you excited or do you have any stage fright? Or are you just happy to be back down there again?
A: You know, I don't like being around crowds of people, unless I'm in Williams-Brice. So just bringing back that old feeling when you ran out there and got on the field and you made plays and there were people cheering for you. No matter how many times I hear the crowd get loud, I get that little flash back every now and then.


Deane Hall - Football (1972)

Q: What are some of your favorite memories from when you played at Carolina? Or from just being a student?
A: I guess doing things with my teammates. We were like a family. Back in those days we lived in the athletic facility, the athletic dorm. So we not only played football together, practiced together, all-season workouts, spring practice, but we also did a lot of things- it was almost like a fraternity actually. We did a lot of things together, great memories. There was a group of us who were all in the business school and we studied together. I had some really good experiences in the business school too. I had a couple of professors that I got to know quite well and it was nice to be able to go after class and could talk to them and ask them questions. It was all around a great experience.

Q: What does it mean to you to be able to come back and see all the improvements that have been made and how nice everything is?
A: It's pretty amazing. You should have seen our training rooms!  It's great to come back. It's a reunion for us almost at every home game because so many of our teammates all tailgate in kind of the same area where we are....We try to come back for all the home games. This year we actually did two away games. We went to Vandy and to the Florida game.



Sheila Foster - Women's Basketball (1982)

*Sheila Foster, from Spartanburg, is one of the all-time greats in women's basketball at Carolina, still holding records as the team's all-time leading scorer and rebounder as well as games played, games started, and minutes played. In 1982, Sheila Foster became the first Gamecock woman to have her jersey number retired and in 1993, she was the first female athlete to be inducted into the then 41-member University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. After the All-Sports Reunion she had already connected with Coach Staley about coming to the see their season-opening game that night vs. Elon. She said Staley planned to show her around the new Colonial Life Arena locker rooms after the game as well.

So what did it mean to you to be able to come back?
A: Oh, it's just like another family to me. Just to see everybody, and some of the people I don't remember but they remember me, that's also a great feeling. But just to be back in the Gamecock area.

Q: Have you been able to come back for any games? Basketball or other?
A: I've been back for a couple of basketball, but I really want to come down here and help the girls. I really do. But I need to come to mores games. I need to be a part of it more.

Q: What does it mean to you just to see all of the improvements that have been made around here?
A: Oh it's beautiful. Back in the days, it was still nice for us when we were here, but oh it's nice. It gives you chills! When I walked over to the glass I said, "Oh my god. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!" That's the Gamecocks!



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Even Cocky got in on the action at the All-Sports Reunion and helped with the food!


Football Season Tickets Update

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Can you believe it's only just a little over a month until the 2012 football season kicks off?

After a record-setting season in 2011, interest in the Gamecocks across the country has grown as the media and college football fans debate what South Carolina will do for an encore in 2012.

Fans renewing their season tickets have completed the seat selection process. That means that all remaining seats are available now for anyone purchasing season tickets. You can use our interactive map to see in real time exactly which seats are available.

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How would you like this view on gameday? These seats in section 506, along with lots of other great locations, are still available.


As season ticket sales continue to go well with the season approaching, we will also be announcing on-sale dates for mini plans and single game tickets sometime next week. As in the past, Gamecock Club members will have the first opportunity to purchase both mini plans and single game tickets. If you're not already a member, you can join online here or by calling the Gamecock Club at
803.777.4276. Joining at The Roost donation level is just $55.

The video board construction and the renovation of the old Farmer's Market area are both on schedule for the season. It's amazing to see the transformation of Williams-Brice Stadium and to think about how the gameday environment and atmosphere will be even better than before.

Season parking passes are also still available. For the first time this year, you can use our same interactive map to pick out your exact parking space.

Click here for a step-by-step guide for how to get season tickets or use our Ticket Wizard for more information on season tickets..
  

Download Your Block C at the 50 Photo from Fan Fest

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Fans who attended Fan Fest after Saturday's Garnet & Black Spring Game had a chance to get their photo taken at the Block C at midfield.

How to download your picture:

1. Click this link to go to the Flickr gallery of photos.
2. Find your picture and click on it to open.
3. Right click anywhere on your picture and next to "View all sizes" click "Large"
4. Then click "Download the Large size of this photo" and click "Save" to save the file to your computer.


Check out the slideshow of great-looking Gamecock fans:




Join Us for Fan Fest Activities at the Spring Game

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After positive feedback from last year's event the Gamecock Club is hosting another Fan Fest this year for the Garnet & Black Spring Game on April 14 at 1 p.m. Admission is free for the spring game and Fan Fest. We're changing a few things up though, with some of the fun going on before the game in addition to the activities on the field afterward.

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 Photo opportunities with various championship trophies at Fan Fest


Before the game:

Cornhole Tournament

- 32 teams - 2 persons per team; $20 per team

- Entries will be based on a first-come, first-serve manner

- Tournament schedule will be disseminated the week of April 9th to the participants

- First round matches will begin at 10:30 a.m.

- Sweet 16 will play on the field at Williams-Brice Stadium as Fan Fest begins

- Winning team gets official football helmets

- Those interested in participating should call Jordan Gardner at the Gamecock Club, at 803-777- 3226 or email at gardnej5@mailbox.sc.edu


Tailgate Competition

- Entries will be based on a first-come, first-serve manner

- Contestants will be set up on the northwest corner of the stadium parking lot

- Criteria: Creativity of tailgate setup, Gamecock spirit, and quality of food

- Access to begin setup will be at 9 a.m.

- Judging will begin at approximately 12:15 p.m.

- Winning team gets official football helmets

- Those interested in participating should call Christy Catoe at the Gamecock Club, at 803-777- 4276 or email at catoecm3@email.sc.edu

Kids Day: Pregame kids event at 11 a.m. where select Gamecock players and staff will give motivational speeches



About 30 minutes after the end of the spring game, fans will be allowed on to the field for Fan Fest. Activities include:

- Photo opportunities with trophies: Hardee's Trophy (Clemson football victory), Capital One Bowl trophy, 2010/2011 Baseball National Championship Trophies, Women's Soccer SEC Championship Trophy, Men's Soccer C-USA Trophy

- Kids activities including face tattoos, Cocky's Bounce House, and a Gamecock football and cheerleader uniform dress-up station

- Field goal attempts

- Cocky and the cheerleaders

- Photos taken on the Block C at the 50-yard line

- Cornhole tournament conclusion - Sweet 16 compete to the end!



Check out some photos from last year's Fan Fest:




 

Tips & Features for the New Gamecock Club Playbook

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Playbook cover screengrab.JPGThe new 2012 Gamecock Club Playbook will begin arriving in mailboxes this week.  The Playbook includes your 2012 membership cards and decals, all 2012-2013 season ticket and parking applications (football, men's and women's basketball, and baseball), and the 2013 Gamecock Club renewal application. You can also check out a sample Playbook online right now.

The goal of this new Playbook is to simplify the renewal process and get all your information in one place. The Playbook also gives members a new payment option - the 11-Month Payment Plan. You can combine ALL your Gamecock goodies (season tickets, parking, membership renewal) into one lump transaction and spread the payments out equally over 11 months. Since it's considered one transaction, you only pay one handling charge instead of paying fees for every transaction throughout the year. However, to select the 11-Month Payment Plan, you will need to sign up by March 30, 2012. The Playbook includes step-by-step instructions on how to enroll in this payment plan.

For example, let's say I'm a 2012 Gamecock Club member at the Half Scholarship level. I have four football season tickets, parking in the new football parking facility on the former Farmer's Market site, two men's basketball season tickets, two women's basketball season tickets, two baseball season tickets, and I want to move up to the Full Scholarship giving level for next year, 2013. If I enroll in the 11-Month Payment Plan by the March 30 deadline, all of those items would be lumped together into one total amount for the year and divided into equal payments automatically charged to my credit or debit card at the end of each month from March 31, 2012, until January 31, 2013. All my payments are established for the next year and I can sit back and enjoy cheering on my Gamecocks. I don't have to worry about renewal deadlines; everything is already set. If I decide I want to change my football seat location during my online seat selection time in June, no worries, I can still do that. Any changes in the total amount due at any point will be prorated over the remaining months of the payment schedule.

If I don't want to do the 11-Month Payment Plan, I can also still choose to pay in full for everything separately. I can still pay for my football season tickets and parking by the May 31 deadline, then wait to pay for my basketball season tickets until the October 12 deadline, baseball by the December 7 deadline and my 2013 Full Scholarship membership by the January 31, 2013, deadline.

It's totally up to you which payment method you prefer, but keep in mind that if paid individually, each transaction would incur a separate handling charge ($10 online, $15 mail/phone) and it is your responsibility to make sure you have paid in full by the deadlines.


Seat selection for football will still be online and your selection time will be included in the Playbook (in June or July). Football parking may also be selected online for the first time ever. The Playbook includes paper request forms for football parking and season ticket seat location/relocation, but you only need to submit these if you do NOT want to participate in online selection.

Information on Gamecock Club member benefits, priority points, ticket limits and distribution are also included in the Playbook so you should hang on to it for long-term reference.

Check out the video below for an introduction to the Playbook:




Still need help? Call the Gamecock Club at 803.777.4276 or email gamecockclub@sc.edu with any questions. 

 


Gamecock Club Renewal Deadline TODAY

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Reminder to all Gamecock Club members that the renewal deadline for your 2012 membership is TODAY, JANUARY 31st!! If you haven't renewed by today you are not guaranteed your current seat locations.

CLICK HERE to renew online quickly and easily.



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Not a member of the Gamecock Club? Click here for more information on joining and getting 2012 football season tickets. We appreciate the support of everyone in Gamecock Country!
With what may be one of the most remarkable stories in professional golf, Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey has gone from growing up a small town guy in Bishopville, South Carolina, and working in a factory to playing on the PGA TOUR - and he's taken his love of the Gamecocks along for the ride.

"Two Gloves" (a nickname earned long ago due to Gainey's unique style of wearing two gloves to play) has been a Gamecock fan his entire life while growing up playing both baseball and golf. While he says baseball is his first love, which might explain his baseball-like swing, once he discovered he had a knack for golf he wound up loving it more. Although he wondered how far he might able to go, he didn't immediately take aim at professional golf. Rather, after attending Central Carolina Technical College, he worked two manufacturing stints for A.O. Smith at their water heater plant in McBee, SC, playing golf as often as possible during his free time.

Fast forward to the present and his former employer is one of his sponsors, he's been named one of the PGA TOUR's Top 100 Players to Watch, and he collected seven top-10 finishes in 2011, including three third place finishes.

"You know what, it's unbelievable what he did this year. He's very talented. I love it because he's his own man and no one tells him how to do things," wrote fellow TOUR player Chris DiMarco on PGATOUR.com. (Yes, that DiMarco, former Gamecock fullback Patrick DiMarco's uncle.)

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While Gainey sports the A.O. Smith logo on his cap, shirt and bag, that's not the only constant presence on the course with Two Gloves. Gainey's Gamecock spirit is never far from him either.

"When I'm out here on the TOUR I've sported my head cover of Cocky; it'll always be on my driver," said Gainey, excitedly. "I'm not going to put any other cover on it. That's what Cocky does - he guards the driver for me."









Gainey recently decided to join the Gamecock Club and make a donation to the Garnet Way Campaign. He sought help from his agent, Paul Graham, who is also an adjunct professor at Carolina in the Sport & Entertainment Management department, and Jeff Crane, Director of Development in the athletics department.

"I made a donation to the Gamecock Club, not just because I could do it, but because I wanted to do it," Gainey explained. "I just want to help out the university. I gave what I could."

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Gainey with South Carolina Men's Golf Assistant Coach Don Hill


"Everyone has a different meaning of what the school stands for," Gainey continued. "If you ask me, I think it stands for class and respect. I'm just glad to be a part of it. They made me an honorary letterman of the golf team in 2011, and I was so humbled I didn't know what to say...that was unbelievable because I live, breathe, and die South Carolina athletics."


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Want to be a part of the Gamecock Club? Click here for more information. Reminder that the renewal deadline for current members is coming soon - January 31, 2012. It's Great to be a Gamecock!

Gamecocks Return for All-Sports Reunion

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A new part of the Carolina Homecoming festivities this year was our All-Sports Reunion. Student-athletes who graduated in ten year intervals (1961, 1971, 1981, etc) were invited to return for a weekend of events, including a reception, a tour of Williams-Brice, a gameday party and being recognized on the field during halftime of the football game vs. Florida. Gamecock Club Director Patrick McFarland said the department was excited to organize the reunion.

 "The reunions are a fantastic way to reach out to our former student athletes," said McFarland. "The University of South Carolina is a huge part of their lives as they spent a great deal of time here competing and earning an education. We want them to return and continue to feel a part of the successes we have here and know they are a part of the athletics department and will always be a Gamecock."

For some this is their first chance to return since their time here as student-athletes. Martin Small, who played baseball and graduated in 1981, said that he decided to participate in the reunion because he loves the university and has a lot of great memories here. He saw it as a "great opportunity to get back."  Small is familiar with the experience of going to Omaha, he and his brothers all played on teams that made the College World Series. His brothers were members of the runner up teams in 1975 and 1977. He wanted to avoid sounding "corny," but when asked about the Gamecocks' current success, Smalls admitted that it brought tears to his eyes.

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Small with his family and AD Eric Hyman at the reception

Beverly Hawkins-Anderson (Women's Basketball, class of 1981) is now a coach herself. She chose to attend the reunion to see people that she hasn't seen in over 20 years. Hawkins-Anderson praised current coach Dawn Staley on her ability to recruit in-state players and hopes that her daughter, who is eleven, will be able to play under Staley in the future.

Jennifer Wood and several other members of the 2001 Equestrian class were present. Wood said the team had originally picked the same weekend to have an Equestrian team reunion.

"Fortunately it coincided with the [All-Sports] reunion and it was awesome," said Wood.

 The team was amazed to see how far the Equestrian program has come since they graduated. Wood pointed out the new facilities and that the Gamecocks "have some of the most talented riders in the country."

 "I was so excited to get the postcard. I haven't been back in a number of years and I haven't seen a game in quite some time," said former football player Curtis Godwin. Godwin was joined by his wife whom he met while at USC. During the tour of the football stadium, Godwin was surprised by the extent of the changes that have been made since he graduated in 1991. "I got completely turned around and couldn't find my way out," joked Godwin. During his time here, Godwin played under current defensive line coach Brad Lawing, who was then in his first stint coaching at Carolina.

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Alumni line up by class to be recognized at halftime.

 "The reunion was an incredible event that all who attended enjoyed," said Toni Karl, Stewardship Coordinator for the Gamecock Club.  "Many attendees were overwhelmed with all the improvements."

The next reunion for former Gamecock student-athletes will be for the "2's" (classes of 1952, 1962, 1972, 1982, etc.) If you were a student-athlete who graduated in one of these years, please contact Toni Karl at tonik@sc.edu if you would like to be included in next year's reunion.


Written by student assistant Rebecca Duensing
Photos courtesy of Allen Sharpe

Thank you to all the fans who joined us on the in-field at Darlington Raceway last night for the final stop of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour presented by the Gamecock Club!

Check out photos below:



-Brittany
We had our second to last stop of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour presented by the Gamecock Club in Sumter on Tuesday. Thank you to all the Carolina fans who made their way out to USC Sumter for the event featuring several head coaches speaking to the crowd, autographs, Cocky and the cheerleaders, kids activities and tailgating games, photo opportunities with championship trophies, and more.

Fans in the Darlington/Florence area come out tonight, Wednesday, May 25th, to Darlington Raceway for the final stop of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour! We'll be on the infield for the event from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Check out photos and videos below from the Sumter event.





-Brittany

Video from Gamecock Fan Fest Tour in Greenville

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We had our largest crowd yet on the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour when we stopped in Greenville on Wednesday and over 650 Gamecock fans made their way to Fluor Field for the evening. Thanks to the Gamecock Club for all their hard work putting on these events.

Check out video from the event below. There are two Fan Fest Tour dates left, this Tuesday, May 24th in Sumter at the USC Sumter Nettles building and Wednesday, May 25th at Darlington Raceway. Each Fan Fest lasts from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Click here for more information.
 
The Gamecock Fan Fest Tour presented by the Gamecock Club continued Wednesday evening in Greenville. Over 650 fans came to the event at Fluor Field, the Greenville Drive's stadium.

South Carolina head coaches Scott Swanson (Volleyball), Beverly Smith (Softball), Darrin Horn (Men's Basketball), and Steve Spurrier (Football) all spoke to the crowd along with running back Marcus Lattimore, who did a Q&A with Derek Scott.

Fans played tailgating games and wiffle ball on the field, took photos with various championship trophies, Cocky and the cheerleaders, got autographs from coaches, and more.

There are just two stops left on the tour! We'll be in Sumter in the Nettles Building on campus at USC Sumter on Tuesday, May 24th, and at Darlington Raceway on Wednesday, May 25th. Each Fan Fest event runs from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

Photo slideshow from last night's event:



-Brittany
Check out the photo slideshow and highlight video from last night's stop of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour presented by the Gamecock Club in Charleston at the RiverDogs Stadium.

Great crowds at both the Charlotte and Charleston events. Looking forward to tonight in Aiken (USC Aiken Convocation Center) and tomorrow in Greenville (Fluor Field - Greenville Drive Stadium).

Next week we'll be in Sumter (Tuesday at USC Sumter Nettles Building) and Darlington (Wednesday at Darlington Raceway). You can check out information on all the events on our Facebook page.

Can't wait to see everyone and go Gamecocks!!

 





- Brittany

Football Season Tickets Renewal Deadline

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2010 Football season ticket holders, the deadline is MAY 13TH, 2011, to renew your tickets and ensure you keep your 2010 seat location!

The ticket office and Gamecock Club will be open until 7:00 p.m. this evening to accept renewals. We encourage fans to renew online. It's quick, easy, and you save money on handling. Also, please be mindful that due to high call volume it may be difficult to get through on the phone (800-4SC-FANS) so please be patient. 

You can also renew in person at the Colonial Life Arena box office.

Parking renewals are also due today. Be sure to request whatever parking you would like. Have questions about parking availability, pricing, or where your spot may be? Click here for more information.

Please note, this is the deadline only for renewals. If you didn't have season tickets in 2010 but you're interested in becoming a season ticket holder for the upcoming 2011 season, you still have time and we have availability. Click here for information on how to get new season tickets for 2011.


The first stop of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour presented by the Gamecock Club attracted a great crowd to Charlotte Knights Stadium last night. Over 500 people attended the event, taking photos with Cocky and the cheerleaders and our championship trophies, playing tailgating games, participating in kids activities, listening to live music from Tokyo Joe, and more.

Head Coaches Shelley Smith (Women's Soccer), Mark Berson (Men's Soccer), Darrin Horn (Men's Basketball) and Steve Spurrier (Football) all spoke to the crowd. Local football players Stephon Gilmore and DeVonte Holloman (both graduates of nearby South Pointe High School in Rock Hill) also spoke about the upcoming season.

Hope to see another great crowd on Monday in Charleston!

Check out photos from the event below:



Here is the schedule for the rest of the Gamecock Fan Fest Tour. Each event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and admission is $5. You can also keep up with the Fan Fest Tour on our Facebook page. 

Monday, May 16 - Charleston RiverDogs Stadium
Tuesday, May 17 - USC Aiken Convocation Center
Wednesday, May 18 - Fluor Field/Greenville Drive Stadium
Tuesday, May 24 - USC Sumter Nettles Building
Wednesday, May 25 - Darlington Raceway

Go Gamecocks!

-Brittany
The Gamecock Club office will stay open until 6:30 p.m. on Monday to accept renewals on the January 31st deadline. Members may call the Gamecock Club at 803-777-4276 (option 1) from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, or they may visit the Gamecock Club office in the Roundhouse at 1300 Rosewood Drive during those hours.

Recently renewed but still getting reminders?


All Gamecock Club donations are processed through the University's Gift Processing office. Because of the high volume of renewals that are coming in for the January 31st deadline, they are backed up about a week. Our reports are based on gifts that are processed and entered in the system, which means that a member who mailed a check last week may still show as not renewed. Although we try to catch as many of those as possible, members who fall into that group may still receive renewal reminder emails and calls from the Gamecock Club. If you have recently submitted your renewal, please disregard our reminders and know that we appreciate your support!

Not sure about renewing?

Don't just let your membership lapse. Gamecock Club members will always maintain their priority points as long as they continue their gifts each year with a minimum of $55 (Roost level).  We encourage anyone who is considering dropping their membership to at least maintain a Roost level membership, so you will still retain your priority points.  If you decide to be involved in the Gamecock Club more in the future, you will still have credit for all of your past giving. Call the Gamecock Club office and they can help talk with you about your options.

Go Gamecocks!

Brittany Lane



Even before the clock read 00:00 on the Gamecocks' win over Florida Saturday night, many fans' minds had turned to the big question of tickets. As most of you have heard, our allotment is going to be completely sold out as the current number of requests already far exceeds the number of tickets available and the deadline isn't until the end of today. The ticket office and Gamecock Club have fielded approximately 10,000 additional requests just since Saturday.

A little background info on how this process works:

- As you would expect, the SEC oversees the SEC Championship Game, including ticket distribution. The SEC makes tickets available for sale to the public well in advance of the game, but they are usually sold out soon after they become available and often there is even a waiting list for the next year, as there is now for the 2011 game.

- Each participating school is given an allotment of 15,900 tickets to distribute. At South Carolina the vast majority of those tickets are sold to fans. A smaller portion is allocated for students and for the university and athletics department.

- Gamecock Club members and university faculty/staff are given the first opportunity to put in requests for these tickets. Postseason football ticket request information (for both the SEC Championship Game and all possible bowl games) was mailed out on November 1st and the ticket office has been accepting requests since then. Before the game Saturday, there were already 6,500 ticket requests submitted for the SEC Championship Game. As of about 2:00 PM today there are over 16,000 requests. The deadline for requests to be submitted is today, November 15th.  You have until midnight tonight to submit your request online.

- As mentioned above, the number of requests received already far exceeds the number of tickets available, but you can still submit your request before the deadline today. Because of the high demand, tickets will be assigned based on Gamecock Club points. Currently, the estimated minimum total to get tickets is 250 points. Gamecock Club points are accumulated in the following ways:
- One point for every $100 donated to the Gamecock Club
- One point for every $100 donated to an individual sport or to The Garnet Way Capital Campaign
- Two points for each consecutive year a donation is made to the Gamecock Club
- One point for each season ticket purchased in football, baseball, and men's/women's basketball

- Fans will be notified
via email next Monday, November 22nd, whether they have gotten SEC Championship Game tickets. The tickets will then be mailed on November 24th. 

- With the SEC and South Carolina having sold their allotments, there are no tickets remaining through any official outlets. Please be cautious when buying tickets in the secondary market as counterfeit tickets are a risk with any game in such high demand.

- While everyone is understandably excited about the SEC Championship Game right now, remember that the Gamecocks will also be playing in a great bowl game this year and you need to submit ticket requests for that as well. Today, November 15th, is also the deadline to submit ticket requests for all bowl games SC might play in, including the Allstate Sugar Bowl should the Gamecocks win the SEC Championship Game.

- Your credit card will only be charged once you are actually assigned tickets, not when you submit the request.

For more information stay tuned to GamecocksOnline.com or call the ticket office: 800-4SC-FANS. For more insight from the SEC's Director of Championship Tickets, check out this interview on SECSports.com.

GO GAMECOCKS!!!

- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog

 

This Monday, November 1st, Gamecock Club and MyCarolina Alumni Association members have the opportunity to get a sneak peek of this season's basketball teams and celebrate the upcoming season. The event is from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the Colonial Life Arena. Click here for more info about the event from the Alumni Association.

Members will get to meet the players and coaches from both teams, hang out with Cocky and the cheerleaders, enjoy some food and drinks, participate in some contests, and start getting excited for basketball season. 

Hope to see y'all there! You can RSVP for the event online and make sure to bring your membership card with you to get in!

Go Gamecocks!

- Brittany Lane, Spurs Up Blog

Several Gamecock Club chapters in South Carolina have sponsored billboards congratulating the Gamecock baseball team on their 2010 National Championship. With Gamecock Club Appreciation Day at football on Saturday this is a perfect week to say THANK YOU to those Gamecock Club chapters for their support and congratulations again to Coach Tanner and the team!

Billboards are already up in the following areas:
Lexington
Myrtle Beach
Union
Dorchester
Georgetown
Calhoun
Kershaw
Barnwell

...and soon to come in these:
Lee
Edgefield
Marion
Lancaster
Rock Hill
Beaufort
Colleton
Augusta
Sumter
Pickens
Aiken

Fans be on the lookout for the billboards in your area! If you can safely (i.e. not while driving!!) snap a photo of one of the billboards, send it in on Twitter or Facebook.

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Abbeville Earns "Most Garnet Hometown" Honor

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abbevilletower.JPGThe town of Abbeville, South Carolina, population 25,000, earned the title of being named "Most Garnet Hometown" through the online summer promotion at GamecocksOnline.com/football2010 .
Fans from all corners of the state of South Carolina registered on the promotional website and uploaded photos as part of the competition. Over 100,000 fans visited the website where they made custom desktop wallpapers and watched nine "Hometown Videos" of Gamecock football players discussing their hometown.

By winning the contest, Abbeville will be included in the kickoff video prior to the start of the South Carolina football game against Southern Miss Thursday night September 2nd.

Single game tickets for the Southern Miss game are on sale now. Fans can order online at GamecocksOnline.com or by calling 800-4SC-FANS (472-3267).


williamsbrice-jt.jpgAfter the first week of single game ticket sales, Gamecock Club members are buying tickets at a very quick pace. After only one weekend, and using the exclusive presale opportunity granted to members, Gamecock Club members purchased over 10,000 single game tickets!

If the current pace keeps up, there will be very few single game tickets to the Alabama game placed on sale to the general public.

"I think this is great," said Gamecock Club Director Patrick McFarland. "The ability to purchase tickets before the general public is not only a great benefit to our membership, but it also helps  to ensure we have as many Gamecock fans in Williams-Brice stadium as possible."

Football Parking Information

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Football parking lots will open at the following times for the Gamecocks' home opener versus Southern Mississippi on Thursday, September 2:

·       1:30 p.m. - Farmers Market

·       2:30 p.m. - Fairgrounds, Armory, ETV, and Stadium

The Farmers Market will open at 7 a.m. for the Georgia game on September 11, and all other lots will open at 8 a.m.

Season parking passes are still available in the Blue and Green sections of the Fairgrounds for $225 each. A limited number of reserved spaces are available in the Farmers Market at the following prices: $160 for lots B and C; $260 for Shed 14 (covered); $385 for Shed 5, 6, and 7 (covered); $420 for RV parking; and $475 in the Youngblood lot (Gamecock Club members only). Non-reserved season parking passes are also available in the Farmers Market for $140 each. To purchase season parking passes, please call the South Carolina Athletics Ticket Office at (803) 777-4274. 

Fans may also park at Colonial Life Arena on game days and ride the shuttle to Williams-Brice Stadium for $3 roundtrip.

To assist with travel around Williams-Brice Stadium on game days, please see the accompanying maps illustrating pre-game and post-game traffic flow

Click here to read more detailed football parking information at GamecocksOnline.com.

Single Game Tickets On Sale

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The University of South Carolina Athletics Ticket Office will conduct a public sale of all remaining single game tickets for the first three home football games beginning Monday, August 23, at 10 a.m.

 
The games, dates, times and prices are below:

Southern Miss (Thursday, September 2, 7:30 p.m.) ­- $45
Georgia (Saturday, September 11, Noon) - $55
Furman (Saturday, September 18, 7 p.m.) - $35

Tickets will be available at the Athletics Ticket Office located at Colonial Life Arena; on-line at
www.gamecocksonline.com and www.ticketmaster.com; and at all Ticketmaster outlets, such as Publix and Wal-Mart. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 866-448-7849.

The final four home games consisting of Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and Troy remain on sale to Gamecock Club members exclusively until Monday September 13, at 10 a.m. Any remaining home game tickets will go on sale to the general public at that time.

Season tickets remain on sale also to Gamecock Club members until the home opener, and remain the only way to ensure a ticket to all seven home games. Please visit us at www.gamecockclub.org to join and start your seat selection process.

In addition, three-game mini-packs remain available in select areas of the stadium. The Southern Miss, Alabama, and Arkansas pack is priced at $145 each, while the Georgia, Tennessee and Troy three-game pack is $140 per seat.
Fans may purchase those by clicking here.

Seats of the Week

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Kickoff at Williams-Brice Stadium is just weeks away so for those of you that haven't sorted out your season ticket situation yet, we've got a helpful feature on the blog. Each week, we'll show you some of the best seats still available for the 2010 season of Gamecock football.

For information on how to join the Gamecock Club and purchase season tickets, click here. If you'd like to look at an interactive map of all the available seats at Williams-Brice Stadium, click here.

Section 9, Row 13, Seats 12 through 18
Season Ticket: $320, Seat Donation: $145

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Check out how close these seats are to the team's entrance for 2001:

IMG_9898.JPGSection 901, Row 6, Seats 9 through 12
Season Ticket: $320, Seat Donation: $95

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Season Ticket: $320, Seat Donation: $50

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Season Ticket: $320, Seat Donation: $200

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Richland Gamecock Club Spring Meeting Recap

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The Richland County Gamecock Club hosted a Spring Meeting last night at Seawell's in Columbia. For more on Gamecock Club Spring Meetings or to find a Spring Meeting near you, click here. Check out a video recap and photos here:





Gamecock Club Spring Meetings Week 1 Recap

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The Gamecock Club completed the first two meetings of the spring circuit this week with a meeting on Monday in Lancaster County and another one on Wednesday in Spartanburg. Coach Spurrier was the featured speaker at both events. Men's basketball assistants Mike Boynton and Neill Berry each traveled to a meeting as well. Check out the video recaps below to see how the meetings went. To find an upcoming spring meeting coming near you, visit GamecockClub.org here.






Gamecock Club Spring Meetings Kick Off Tonight

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The Gamecock Club's annual spring meeting circuit begins tonight in Lancaster, SC at the Catawba Fish Camp. This year's tour features 21 stops with visits from Coach Steve Spurrier, Coach Darrin Horn, Coach Dawn Staley and assistant coaches from their coaching staffs.

Coach Spurrier will be the featured speaker at tonight's meeting in Lancaster and will also travel to Spartanburg on Wednesday for the second spring meeting of the year.

For a full schedule of meetings and how to purchase tickets, visit this handy guide to the 2010 Spring Meetings on GamecockClub.org.

During the course of the spring, check back to GamecockClub.org for photos and videos from each spring meeting.