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2021 Spring Game Guidelines

South Carolina Athletics is continuing to follow CDC guidance for large scale events during the 2021 Garnet & Black Spring Game.

Fans are asked to do their part by conscientiously practicing physical/social distancing, frequently washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and wearing face coverings to ensure the safest possible environment. All fans should keep a safe distance of 6 feet between their party and other fans while inside and in the surrounding area of Williams-Brice Stadium.

Fans who are not feeling well or have been in close contact with someone they suspect may be infected should stay home.

Below are current measures that are planned to be in place at Williams-Brice Stadium for the 2021 spring game, grouped by topic in alphabetical order. These measures are subject to change based on recommendations by University leadership, the Southeastern Conference, and public health officials.

  • Williams-Brice Stadium will host approximately 15,000 general admission ticket holders (seated in pods of 5) at the spring game.
Event Staff Training & Support
  • All event and support staff will be required to wear PPE
  • Education and training related to COVID-19 precautions will be provided for all staff and 3rd party vendors
Face Covering Requirements
  • Face coverings (over the nose and mouth) will be required as a condition of all guest entry and should be worn inside Williams Brice Stadium except when actively eating or drinking
  • Stadium workers and athletics staff are required to wear face coverings at all times
  • Face shields alone are not considered acceptable facial coverings for entry to athletics venues
Facility & Seating Areas
  • Available seating pods will be properly socially distanced according to CDC guidelines and available seats will be designated with a green “please sit here” sticker
  • South Carolina ensures the set-up and operational procedures in all areas will provide physical distancing including, but not limited to, the following areas:
    • Guest Seating
    • Concourses and Gathering Places
    • Dining Areas (high top tables, extended countertops, etc.)
    • Concessions Sales
    • Merchandise Sales
    • Restrooms
    • Elevators
    • Escalators
  • Deep cleaning of the entire venue will take place, including disinfecting of all high frequency touch points and all high traffic areas
  • Staff will continue to clean and disinfect throughout the entirety of the game
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be readily available throughout Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Social distancing markers will be placed around the stadium in areas where lines may form such as restroom facilities, concessions, and merchandise locations
  • Additional wayfinding and safety signage will be added to indicate queuing at exterior gates, seating section entrances, and parking/transportation areas
  • The usage of traditional water fountains or other self-service drinking stations will be prohibited. This does not apply to apparatuses that use touchless technology.
Food, Beverage & Merchandise

Football Concourse

  • All concessions staff and points-of-sale are required to wear a face shield and a mask
  • Queuing lines at points-of-sale will allow for physical distancing between guests
  • “Grab and go” food/beverage options will be considered at points-of-sale locations
  • Beverages will be provided directly to guests. Machines designed to allow guests to fill or refill beverages must remain inoperable.
  • Portable kiosks will be strategically placed to maximize social distancing
  • Condiments will be offered only as single-serve condiments, and condiment carts will be prohibited
  • All points-of-sale throughout Williams-Brice Stadium will be cashless
Gate Entry & Exit

  • Gates will open one (1) hour prior to the game
  • Reduced elevator and escalator capacity will be enforced
  • Please review our Clear Bag Policy
  • The footprint at all gates and entry and exit points will permit physical distancing between guests
  • Signage will be installed at parking lots, pedestrian paths to the stadium, gates and/or other entry points that outlines mandates
  • Mandates include that all guests are required to wear face coverings, maintain physical distancing and states that guests cannot enter the stadium if they display any COVID-19 symptoms as outlined by the CDC
  • All tickets will be delivered via mobile device and will be digitally scanned
Parking / Tailgating
  • Gamecock Park will not be available as a parking option for the 2021 spring game. LMC Fair Park at the fairgrounds and Key Road will be available on a first come, first served basis for $10/vehicle
  • LMC Fair Park at the fairgrounds and Key Road parking lots will open one and a half (1 ½) hours prior to the game
  • Tailgating in the LMC Fair Park at the fairgrounds parking lot is strictly prohibited per LMC Fair Park at the fairgrounds policy
  • Large gatherings will be asked to disperse
  • Face coverings will be encouraged to/from parking areas
Plans for Disinfection, Symptomatic Guests, Communication/Public Relations and American with Disabilities Act
  • The University of South Carolina will:
    • have a documented plan that outlines the procedures/protocol for appropriate disinfection of the stadium
    • have a documented plan that outlines the procedures/protocol for working with guests who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms
    • launch a communication/public relations campaign for communicating all COVID-19 procedures/protocol to prospective guests
    • ensure they comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in the development and implementation of all procedures/protocols
Premium Areas
  • Premium areas will open one (1) hour prior to kickoff
  • Reduced elevator capacity will be enforced
  • Suite hopping will be prohibited inside of Williams-Brice Stadium and suite contact tracing will be implemented
  • Socially distanced tables will be the only remaining furniture inside premium spaces
  • Credit/debit cards will be the only accepted form of payment at premium level bars
  • Plexi-glass barriers will be utilized when possible throughout premium level, including food and beverage lines and guest services kiosks
  • To offer greater convenience and safety, mobile-only ticketing will be utilized for the premium level access
  • Restroom layouts have been modified to provide proper social distancing
  • Restrooms will be limited based on size
  • Cleaning personnel will be assigned to each restroom for increased cleaning
  • Hand dryers will not be operable

Spring Game Green Seats

  • To offer greater convenience and safety, mobile-only ticketing will provide contactless entry to Williams-Brice Stadium for the 2021 spring game
  • To expedite entry and ensure the best possible gameday experience, fans should download their tickets prior to arrival
  • Please review our Digital Ticketing Guide for a step-by-step guide to access mobile tickets
  • Download the Gameday App to manage mobile tickets
  • Student ticketing details will be sent directly to all eligible students from the Department of Student Life
  • Box office will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff