Music superstar and South Carolina alum Darius Rucker will perform Wednesday, April 5 at the Colonial Life Arena, school President Harris Pastides announced via Twitter on Friday.
The concert is free.
“Darius Rucker is keeping his promise to play a free concert for Carolina students since the Gamecocks won six games this past football season!” an announcement to students read.
“Told y’all!! Can’t wait to head back to #UofSC,” Rucker tweeted. “Thanks @HarrisPastides. Gonna be a goodtime! #gamecockforlife”
Rucker will not be paid for the concert, USC said. A spokesman did not say how much hosting the concert would cost. But USC would not use tuition or state appropriations to cover those costs, USC spokesman Wes Hickman said.
Tickets will first be made available to current USC Columbia students. Those eligible for Gamecock Athletic student tickets can request a free concert ticket online from March 13-20 using the Student Account Manager. Any unclaimed seats will be made available to the general public in advance of the concert.
The concert, which will also feature opener Patrick Davis, was hatched on Twitter in August after Rucker tweeted that he’d play a free concert if the Gamecocks won six football games during the 2016-17 season. Within 24 hours, Pastides was on board and the football team closed the deal with a win over Western Carolina on Nov. 19.
“Darius Rucker is going to have a concert on campus,” coach Will Muschamp said after the win. “We’re excited about that.”
The State writer Avery Wilks contributed to this story