We've got some time to kill before college football comes back into our lives, and since I am known as a helpful and informative person (probably not true), I'm gonna take the next however many weeks and offer you thorough reviews of each SEC stadium. And by thorough review, I mean I'll be using my exceptional bias, Google reviews, and lots of colored lines hand drawn on Google maps.
My qualifications for such an endeavor are that I've been to all the SEC stadiums but Missourah's, usually to witness a skull-dragging of Ole Miss, and I can look up stuff on Google Maps pretty quickly. I suggest that you file these informative reports away for your road trip destinations this season so you won't end up like that pair of Oklahoma State fans I saw walking around a couple of miles away from the old Cotton Bowl, waiting to be murdered.
To keep you from becoming disoriented, you need to know where things are in relation to the stadium. Once you master the lay of the land, you can maximize your time engaging in various pregame activities and, most importantly, avoid asking South Carolina fans questions because you don't want to be told that this is the best pre-game atmosphere in America while you stand in a parking lot eating sandwiches.
This guide should help you move seamlessly around the stadium.
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Upon walking up to the area of the stadium, the first thing you'll notice is that Williams-Brice is near absolutely nothing of value. It's sorta seems like an old sheet metal factory got torn down and they built a stadium in its place because the land was cheap. But, if you're in to the parking lot and industrial building scene, then this is your Graceland.
Once you've finished your pregame parking lot festivities and make your way to the stadium, it's important to know where to look for things. With that in mind, here's an in-stadium guide.
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I am told the party caboose scene is a good time, assuming you know someone who has access to one, which you probably don't, especially if you're a visiting fan. I remember walking by them and thinking that those people seemed to be enjoying themselves, even in the face of having to watch a game coached by Lou Holtz and David Cutcliffe.
It may have been attributable to the Holtz/Cutcliffe factor, but one of the things I remember from my trip in 2004 was that the stadium was about half full less than 10 minutes before the game started. Yet, by kickoff, it was completely full. I submit that a record was set that day for fastest latest stadium fill-up in college football history.
Also, that was the game in which David Cutcliffe decided to rotate three quarterbacks throughout the game. There's nothing quite like a sampler platter of Ethan Flatt, Michael Spurlock, and Robert Lane for three and a half hours.
But enough of my bias. What about the people? The razor-thin segment of the population who are South Carolina fans, can work the Internets, and take the time to write a Google review. What do they have to say?
So there you have it. Williams-Brice stadium is home of the best team in South Carolina, the best college football experience in the nation, and where the Gamecocks play. Though, questions remain about what will happen to the Gamecock train and the structural integrity of the stadium.
Get more great analysis over at Belly of the Beast.