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April 15, 2004

Columbia, SC –

South Carolina’s football team will conclude its 2004 spring practice this Saturday, April 17 with the annual Spring Game at Williams-Brice Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. The game serves as a fundraiser for the USC Lettermen’s Association and tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for youth and $10 for an entire family. USC students, faculty and staff will be admitted free of charge upon showing their university ID card. Tickets are on sale at the USC Ticket Office on Rosewood Drive and also will be available on game day at the stadium.

Fans will have the opportunity to get autographs from the Gamecock players beginning at 11:15 a.m. on the field. The offense will sit on the west side and the defense and specialists will sit on the east side for autographs. 2004 posters and schedule cards will be handed out. The 2004 Spring Football Media Guide will be on sale for $2.

Fan seating for the game will be on the west side of the stadium only, and all fans are asked to enter through gates on the west side. As has been normal stadium security policy over the past two years, there will be bag checks upon entry into the stadium and fans are asked to not bring in backpacks or large bags.

There is no reserved parking, but there is plenty of parking available in the Fairgrounds Lots. There is a $1 parking charge, however, as there is another function going on Saturday within the Fairgrounds. Parking lots will be open by 9 a.m. Fans should enter through Gate 6.

The format of the game will be as follows:

* Kickoff and kickoff returns will be practiced before the regular scrimmage begins

* The clock will stop on incomplete passes and timeouts; the clock will not stop on out of bounds plays or after first downs

* The two teams be divided up as follows: first offense & second defense (Carolina) will take on second offense & first defense (Gamecocks)

Injury update: Center Fran Person, who suffered a mild concussion in last week’s scrimmage, is listed as probable for Saturday’s Spring Game.