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April 11, 2005

Calling all Gamecock Fans! You are invited to catch a first glimpse of the 2005 Gamecock Football Team and usher in the Coach Spurrier era at South Carolina. The Garnet and Black Spring Football Game is set for Saturday, April 16, at Williams-Brice Stadium and will kickoff at 1 p.m. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPNU and ESPN2. Admission is FREE and USC is looking to have a record crowd for the scrimmage, which officially caps the Gamecocks’ spring football camp.

Stadium parking lots and the Key Road lot will open at 9 a.m. Parking for the Fairgrounds will be available at 10 a.m. Gate 10, located on Bluff Road, must be used for all football parking at the Fairgrounds. All parking, including the Fairgrounds, is FREE.

All gates will open two hours prior to game time at 11 a.m. Admission is FREE.

Concessioins will be available for purchase.

Several special events are planned in conjunction with the Garnet and Black Game. A dedication ceremony for the Charles F. Crews Football Facility, which features Carolina’s new football weight room and meeting facilities, will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Southwest corner of Williams-Brice Stadium near Gate 5.

In addition, an unveiling of new signage inside Williams-Brice Stadium is planned for 12:45 p.m. The new signage will honor former Carolina football greats 1984 National Coach of the Year Joe Morrison, 1980 Heisman Trophy Winner George Rogers and 1986-1987 All-American Sterling Sharpe, along with USC’s 1969 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Team.

Fans can expect an exciting game-day atmosphere on April 16. Be in your seats early as USC’s famous “2001” entrance will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN2. The Gamecock cheerleaders and band will be on hand, and there will be numerous presentations on the video board. Spring football media guides will also be on sale for $3.

The game will consist of four, 12-minute quarters. A halftime break will be utilized.

The 2005 NIT Champion Gamecock men’s basketball team, including NIT MVP Carlos Powell, will be honored at halftime.

Also at halftime, Coach Spurrier will present the spring practice awards to the team.

No autograph session will be held following the game.