Chesney last-minute guide

Columbia - The StateMay 3, 2013 

By Friday afternoon, final preparations were being made for the Kenny Chesney's 'No Shoes Nation' tour at Williams Brice Stadium. Two large banners flank the stage that stand 216 feet high.


— What you need to know for Saturday’s No Shoes Nation tour:

Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Williams-Brice Stadium

Tickets: $31.50-$227

Information: or (855) 456-2849

Kenny Gate: Opens at 10 a.m. Saturday in Gamecock Village, the tailgating area across Bluff Road from the stadium. WCOS-FM 97.5 will set up a stage and Craig Morgan will headline. Other performers include battle of the bands winners from Charleston, Greeneville and Columbia, as well as Jon Pardi, Charlie Worsham and Joel Crouse. DJ Barry Carew will also play party-starting music, and Wild Wing Cafe will have a mechanical bull and other activities in the village. The gates open at 10 a.m.

Link: Who else is playing

Parking: If you want park in the lots at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds or at the former State Farmers Market, you’ll need to buy a parking pass. On Saturday, passes will be sold — cash only — for $60 as long as spaces are available. Parking lots will open at 10 a.m.

Parking spaces are first-come, first-served in the area for which the pass has been issued. The only reserved spaces will be in the premium North and South area at the old farmers market. Saving empty spaces is impermissible, but tailgating will be allowed.

Lost or stolen passes will not be replaced, and passes damaged or without a barcoded bottom may be voided. RV, bus, limo and other oversized vehicle owners should call (803) 799-3387, ext. 14 for parking availability.

For more on parking, visit

No smoking: There won’t be one, so, once you enter the stadium, you won’t be able to light up. There is a no re-entry policy.

What to look for: Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier is expected to come on stage during the concert to give Kenny Chesney a No. 7 jersey. It’s Jadeveon Clowney’s number, but it’s a nod to Chesney’ high school playing days.

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