UofSC Board of Trustees approve $22.5 million project to revitalize Williams-Brice Stadium in 2020

UofSC Board of Trustees approve $22.5 million project to revitalize Williams-Brice Stadium in 2020
University of South Carolina Williams Brice Stadium Phase II revitalization plans for 2020.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The University of South Carolina’s Board of Trustees on Monday approved a $22.5 million project plan that will pay for Phase II of a revitalization project of Williams-Brice Stadium, with work set to begin in 2020.

With Phase II Board of Trustees approval, the South Carolina Athletics Department will continue the state approval process with a target for completion before the 2020 football season.

Phase I approval was given on Sept. 19, 2018. Plans for Phase II will include:

  • "2001 Club": Nestled beneath approximately 33 new 4-person loge boxes and an observation deck, this luxury two-level air-conditioned club space will accommodate not only loge patrons, but also roughly 300 more passes that will provide the purchaser access to spectacular views of the Gamecocks entering the field to Space Odyssey 2001. These loge boxes will be sold in sets of four and will provide wonderful views of the field and videoboard from the southwest corner.
  • West Side, 100 Level: Improvements to the 100 level call for the development of an over 9,000 square foot air-conditioned club area positioned behind sections 101-105. This ideally located space on the west side will provide all ticket holders on the 100 level a comfortable place to catch up on the scores of the day and offers spectacular west-facing views of Gamecock Park and the new Long Family Football Operations Center. With these changes, the 100 level concourse will become restricted to only those patrons with tickets on this level, similar to the current 200 level executive club seats.
  • East Side, 400 Level: The renovation of this level will bring on line a massive 21,000+ square foot enclosed space stretching from ramp to ramp located on the existing club level, one flight below the east upper concourse. East club level patrons will have exclusive access to new concession and restroom amenities via two new portals connecting them directly from their seats to this enclosed club space. This newly enclosed concourse will service the approximately 3,000 patrons on the 400 level, greatly relieving congestion on the existing east upper concourse. Furthermore, this part of the project will also bring online new seats for all east club ticket holders, loge box seating along the top and bottom of the club area and improved ADA seating opportunities on the 400 level.
  • South Lower: Gamecock fans seated in Sections 11-13, located in the south end of the stadium’s lower bowl, will have exclusive access to a totally renovated concourse, as well as indoor club spaces within the footprint of the first and second floor of the Crews Building. Access to this renovated concourse, which will feature new restroom spaces and concession stands, will be restricted to only those patrons in these three sections. These patrons will be able to move freely between the concourse, air-conditioned areas within the Crews Building and the south seating bowl. Additionally, new men’s and women’s restrooms, and a concessions stand will be added to the southeast corner of the stadium to service those fans sitting in Sections 14-16.

The school’s department of athletics said:

Perhaps equally important, the project illustrates a commitment to facility enhancement for Gamecock football, renovating space on the first floor of the Crews Building to host recruits and their families on gamedays. Additionally, Gamecock recruits may note that taking the field on gameday during 2001 will also become significantly improved. Football student-athletes will now take the field via a glass corridor framed by the new "2001 Club," which replicates the experience the Dallas Cowboys have famously developed at AT&T Stadium where fans watch players take the field from mere feet away. Regarding these changes, Coach Muschamp reflected, "After one spring in the Long Center, we can already tell that we've got something very special there. You add that facility to what this project does for recruiting on gameday, and we are lightyears ahead of where we were just three years ago when I started."

To see more of the 2020 project’s plans, you can visit the website by clicking here.

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