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March 22, 2011

Gamecock fans are encouraged to be a part of the first ever “Fan Fest” presented by the Gamecock Club, on Saturday, April 9, following the annual Garnet and Black game at Williams-Brice Stadium. Gamecock fans will enter the playing field through the player tunnel to the strains of “2001,” participate in skills challenges, enjoy kids’ activities and listen to live music from the popular band “Tokyo Joe.”

Gamecock Fan Fest will begin approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Garnet and Black Game and Coach Spurrier’s presentation of awards.

“We really want to create an event that is welcoming to all Gamecock fans in conjunction with the spring game,” said the Director of the Gamecock Club Patrick McFarland. “Interest in Gamecock Football is at an all-time high and we want to connect with as many fans as possible to continue the momentum.”

The Garnet & Black Spring Game will begin at 1 p.m. on April 9. Admission is free.
In addition to the previously mentioned activities and attractions, select members of the 2010 SEC Eastern Division champion football team will be signing autographs for an hour. There will also be a 32-team cornhole tournament, with the top team winning autographed Gamecock helmets.

A list of the attractions is included below.

Gamecock Fan Fest presented by the Gamecock Club

• Field access through “2001” entrance

• Select Columbia-area student-athletes will sign autographs on official team
posters for 1 hour

• Photo opportunities with trophies: Hardees Trophy (Clemson football victory), football SEC Eastern Division Championship, baseball National Championship

• Kids activities including face tattoos, bouncehouse, and a Gamecock football uniform station

• Skills challenges

• Cocky and the cheerleaders

• Live music from Tokyo Joe

• Highlights played on the videoboard

• Cornhole tournament- 32 teams, $20 entry per team.

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 4th 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 autographed football helmets

• Those interested in participating should call Jordan Gardner at the Gamecock Club, at 803-777- 4276 or email at