Heat Management Plan for Carolina-Alabama Football Game
Fans Asked to Take Precautions
With forecasts calling for the heat index above 90 degrees on Saturday, it will be another hot day at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The Gamecocks host Alabama at 3:30 pm, with the game televised nationally on CBS Sports.
If you are coming to the game, please take proper precautions to guard against overheating. This includes drinking water prior to the start of the game and wear breathable and light color clothes.
There will be heightened awareness of EMS and game operations staff to help fans in need of assistance, including first-aid stations manned by doctors and nurses. An EMS bus will be parked in front of the Floyd Building on George Rogers Blvd. for fans experiencing medical issues outside of Williams-Brice Stadium.
If you see someone in the stadium that is experiencing heat stress, please help them by finding the nearest usher or security personnel or by texting “USC” along with the issue and location to 69050.
Along with these measures, here are activations for heat management inside Williams-Brice Stadium:
- Water Bottles – Fans are now permitted to bring one (1) empty, clear plastic disposable bottle of water OR one (1) sealed, clear plastic disposable bottle of water into the stadium. All glass bottles are still strictly prohibited and no bottle larger than 32 ounces is allowed.
- Water Refills – Bottle filling stations will be located throughout the stadium near existing water fountains.
- Free Bottles of Water for Students – All University of South Carolina students attending the game will receive a free bottle of water upon entrance inside the student gate underneath the NE ramp of the stadium. Students can return to the NE ramp of the stadium for additional free bottles of water during the game. Students sitting in the lower level student sections must show student wristband while students sitting in the upper level student sections must show student ID.
- Free Water – “WaterMonsters,” which are large coolers that will be filled with water during home games when temperatures are extremely hot, will be located throughout the stadium. These will be highly visible with their prominent blue ‘Water’ flags. Use the interactive stadium map to find the nearest location to you.
- Cooling Zones – Cooling zones will feature large fans as well as misting fans to give patrons a break from the heat and will be located throughout the stadium. Use the interactive stadium map to find the nearest location to you.
This Saturday’s forecast falls slightly above the typical September heat at Williams-Brice Stadium. The average temperature at kickoff of Carolina’s September games since 2012 is 86 degrees with five games reaching above 90, including last week’s game against Charleston Southern.