To OUR Fans…
South Carolina Athletics would not be where it is today without the support of our amazing fans like yourself. Your endless support allows our student-athletes to succeed both in the classroom and on the court.
We’re excited to announce a new journey that will establish a new vision that could revolutionize the fan and student-athlete experience. We know this journey will also revolutionize the city of Columbia, the State of South Carolina and college athletics as a whole.
This isn’t a journey we will be on alone, this is a journey we all will be on together, as Gamecocks, as we create Our Future.
Developing Our Vision
In what could become the most exciting and comprehensive development project ever undertaken in the Midlands, the University of South Carolina has started the process to determine the feasibility of a major modernization of Williams-Brice Stadium that could also pave the way for the development of more than 800 acres of undeveloped USC property situated adjacent the Congaree River, west of the existing Long Family Football Operations Facility. The project will not include moving Williams-Brice Stadium from its current location or acquiring and developing the State Fairgrounds.
We have issued a formal Request for Information (RFI), which is the first step in determining the potential scope of the project as well as identifying possible development partners who have an interest in pursuing a comprehensive land use agreement with the university. The RFI results are due back to the university at the beginning of March and will provide the university with an informed understanding of current industry capabilities and practices to better determine how it moves forward with the procurement.
The eventual agreement could generate significant private funding for improvements to Williams-Brice Stadium, allowing for the expansion of the venue’s use for other public events in addition to football games.
A second phase of the project is the potential for continued private development of more than 17 acres adjacent to Colonial Life Arena, west of Park Street.
“We believe this could be a game changer for our university. These projects are envisioned to create a fan experience second-to-none in college athletics. We are also looking at expanding the variety of events and opportunities these enhancements can bring, which will positively impact the local community.”
Ray Tanner - South Carolina Athletics Director
“We have a once in a generation opportunity to move forward on needed facility improvements through a partnership that doesn’t require public financing. We intend to develop a project and select a partner who has a strong track record of creating commercial projects that benefit the entire community through job creation and new businesses that will make Columbia and the Midlands more vibrant than ever.”
Ed Walton - USC's Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Are you interested?
While we are only in the beginning stages of this process, it will be some time before we determine what could be included in this project. Complete the form below if you’re interested in staying up to date as things progress.