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Aug. 18, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina volleyball team caps its preseason Saturday evening, when it hosts its annual Garnet and Black Scrimmage at 7 p.m. at the Carolina Volleyball Center.

Due to street construction on the Park Street side of the CVC, fans are encouraged to use Lincoln Street to access parking at the Discovery Garage as well as the surface lots across from Colonial Life Arena. There will be no access to Park Street for vehicles during the 2017 season. Fans will still have full access the Park Street entrance to the gym.

In a move designed to provide a safer environment and more expedited entry for fans, South Carolina Athletics will continue its clear bag policy for all ticketed athletic events in 2017-18. The policy limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the venues for baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, football, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and volleyball. The Athletics Department encourages fans to not bring any type of bag to games, but understands that there are some who prefer to do so.

Fans will only be able to carry the following style and size bag, package or container at any athletics event:


Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” — A logo no larger than 4.5” x 3.4” can be displayed on one side of a permissible clear bag.

One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

Small clutch bags no larger than 4.5” x 6.5” — approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap.

Medically necessary items (after proper inspection at specified gates).

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to:

Purses larger than a clutch bag



Fanny packs

Cinch/Drawstring bags

Luggage of any kind

Computer bags

Diaper bags

Binocular cases

Camera bags

Non-approved seat cushions, which include large traditional seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments or covers

Guests will continue to be able to carry items allowed into the venue, such as binoculars, cameras (with lenses six inches or less) and smart phones. These measures are here to ensure safety for all spectators and speed up the process for those entering the facility.

South Carolina is coming of an 18-win season in 2016, the most by the Gamecocks since 2012. The team has seven returners who played in 20 or more matches last season, as well as four newcomers. The season begins on Aug. 25 at the Carolina Volleyball center with a 7 p.m. match against Mercer.