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Oct. 20, 2005

Columbia, S.C. –
The Toyota Gamecock Village will be open from 11:30 am until 3:00 pm before the home game against Vanderbilt University this Saturday. Located in the Grandstand at the Fairgrounds, the Village is free and open to the public. Game time is 3:30 pm.

The Gamecock Village will feature a number of special events this week:

-Toyota Legends of the Game: Former Gamecock football players Allen Mitchell and Mark Fryer will be appearing to sign autographs from approximately 1:00-2:00 pm.

Mitchell was one of the quarterbacks of the 1984 “Black Magic” team, lettering for Carolina from 1983-85. His 2,201 career passing yards rank him 14th on the USC career passing leaders list. Fryer played offensive tackle for the Gamecocks from 1986-89 and was a three-year starter. He was named second-team freshman All-America by Football News in 1986 and earned first-team Academic All-America honors in 1987 and 1988.

-The USC Marching Band and cheerleaders will perform at 1:30 pm inside the Gamecock Village.

-Carolina’s 2005 National Champion equestrian team will be appearing to greet fans and sign autographs from approximately 1:00-2:00 pm. The Gamecock volleyball team will also appear from 2:00-2:45pm.

-Come shoot some hoops with the Colonial Center staff and you could win Carolina basketball tickets! The first exhibition game is November 10th.

-The Colonial Kids Corner features three large inflatable games for kids.

-The cast of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will appear from 12:30-2:00pm. The musical will be playing at Edventure Children’s Museum in early November. Come to Gamecock Village to meet Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang!

-Jewelry Warehouse will have Carolina gear available for purchase and will feature a “Buy One Get One Free” Gamecock t-shirt promotion.

Other sponsor booths inside the Gamecock Village feature promotional item giveaways, games, and opportunities to register to win prizes. For more information about the Toyota Gamecock Village, please call Melissa Wingate at 803-777-9022.