GAME DAYS IN COLUMBIA

No matter what school you're cheering for, here in Columbia SC, you'll be treated to good old-fashioned kindness. With quintessential Southern food and top-notch tailgates, game days become full-fledged weekends for locals and visitors alike. Not sure where to start? We've got you covered with some pro tips and the latest updates on safety precautions and modifications underway to keep you and your loved ones safe as you cheer your team onto victory. 

 
Due to COVID-19, football season will look a little different this year.

In July, the Southeastern Conference announced that the 2020 season will consist of a 10-game  conference-only schedule kicking off September 26. Williams-Brice Stadium will continue to welcome spectators at a reduced capacity and will require fans to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing. Before you throw on your lucky jersey and head to stadium, check Gamecock Sports for timely updates on game day protocol.

 

Home Game Schedule

USC vs. Tennessee September 26, 2020
USC vs. Auburn October 17, 2020
USC vs. Texas A&M November 7, 2020
USC vs. Missouri November 21, 2020
USC vs. Georgia November 28, 2020

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GAME DAYS IN COLUMBIA SC:

Q:

Will the University of South Carolina have a 2020 football season, and will spectators be allowed to attend home games?

A:

Yes, you can absolutely expect to be cheering the Gamecocks to victory this fall! The Southeastern Conference announced that teams will have a 10-game, conference-only schedule. Five games will be played right here in the capital city.

Williams-Brice Stadium will continue to welcome fans, but the stadium experience will look a little different this year. The stadium will host ticket holders at a reduced capacity with socially distant seating arrangements in place. You can also expect digital ticket entry, contactless concessions, and face covering requirements. Spurs Up and remember to #MaskUpColumbiaSC.

2020 Football Game Day Guidelines
Q:

Are fans allowed to tailgate?

A:

Tailgating is discouraged, but the fan-favorite Gamecock Village will continue to be open with safety precautions in place. The space will be expanded to follow social distancing guidelines, and vendors will be required to wear masks and take a health screening.

What To Expect With Tailgating
Q:

How else can I be a part of the action if I don’t have a ticket to the game?

A:

You don’t need a ticket to the game to experience the energy and spirit that is Columbia SC game day. From tailgates, to sports bars with endless big screens, to breweries with fans cheering from sunny patio spots, there are countless places around town to catch the big game and grab a bite of something Southern and delicious.

Join The Action
Q:

What are some fun things to do in Columbia SC while I'm in town for the game?

A:

With more things to do than hours to do them, there's no shortage of options for how you can spend your time outside of the game. Visit our highly-recognized attractions like Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia Museum of Art, and the South Carolina State Museum, or spend an afternoon shopping and exploring our bustling districts. If you're trying to get away from the crowds, take a float down the Congaree River or get lost in your thoughts hiking through Congaree National Park. You might have come for the game, but with everything else there is to do here, you'll be coming back to visit during the off-season. 

Plan Your Game Day Weekend

Tailgating

 
UofSC discourages tailgating for the upcoming 2020 season. For the latest updates and more information, visit Gamecock Sports and review the 2020 Football Game Day Guidelines
 

Parking can be a bit overwhelming if it's your first time in Columbia for a football game. If you don't have an official spot through the University, don't fret. There are several parking lots near Williams-Brice Stadium that are first-come, first-serve and usually range from $20 - $40 per car. Pile in with some friends, but don't forget the breakfast biscuits and sweet tea. 

Need a little more guidance? Check out these tips from UofSC Athletics (plus, tips for basketball and baseball parking). 

Sports Bars

No tickets? No problem. Watch in suspense, celebrate the victory, or mourn the loss with the entire gang at one of our many sports bars. Follow the locals to Thirsty Fellow for pizza and cold beer, or try somewhere walkable from the stadium like J's Corner. They’ve got outdoor games, tons of screens and can handle a table full of cheering fans. Mosey on over to Main Street for some more options. You’ll find plenty of screens, and arcade games at boutique bowling alley, The Grand.

Breweries

A healthy dose of homegrown breweries scatter Columbia's entertainment districts. Even though River Rat Brewery beer has become popular across the Southeast, they haven't forgotten where their roots are. Sit back and relax on their shaded patio, or grab a view of Williams-Brice Stadium from their rooftop. Newer to Columbia's brewery scene, Columbia Craft Brewing Co. and CottonTown BrewLab have quickly created a name for themselves among locals. If you don't have time to visit the taprooms (although we highly encourage it), you can find all of these in local restaurants on tap across the region. That's not all - take in our full list of breweries here.

Local Eats

If it's your first visit to Columbia, our distinctive barbecue is a must for your trip. Pork smoked low and slow gets topped with our signature mustard-based sauce for a vinegary, sweet taste. Try classic plates at Doc's Barbeque or Farmboy's Barbeque, among others. Or, grab a table at spots that are putting a twist on the signature dish like Bone-In Barbeque, Southern Belly, and Home Team BBQ. 

With a dip or dish at almost every restaurant in the capital city, pimento cheese is kind of a big deal around here. It's a true taste of the South using a variety of cheeses - each dish with its own secret recipe. The best way to try it? The Pimento Cheese Passport

Did someone say brunch? Make the day after game day better by picking a spot for a hearty breakfast or a boozy brunch. Some local secrets: The Gourmet Shop (order up the chicken salad and you'll fit right in), Za's on Devine ($12 mimosa kits), and Market on Main (instagram worthy outdoor seating). 

 
Our restaurants and breweries are doing everything they can to maintain safety, while still showing off our Southern hospitality (and food!). Find your perfect game day spot and our restaurants based on the safety measure they have in place like outdoor dining and social distancing, and keep up to date with city-wide ordinances and protocols with our COVID-19 resource page