Gameday FAQ: Gamecocks vs. Texas A&M

08/27/2014 6:16 PM

08/28/2014 1:27 PM

What time is the game?

The Gamecocks take on Texas A&M at 6:01 p.m. Thursday.

How do I get the SEC Network?

It’s available on the digital tier for Time Warner, and also on U-Verse, DISH Network an Direct TV. Here are the channels.

AT&T U-verse:  Channel 1607

DirectTV: Channel 611

Dish: Channels 404 and 408

Time Warner Cable: Channel 384

RADIO: WNKT-FM 107.5 (Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Langston Moore)

I want to watch the game on the Internet. How do I do that?

The Watch ESPN website has a video player to get the SEC Network. There’s a catch, though. Not all Internet providers, such as Time Warner, are providing access to the live steam for desktops and mobile. Same thing with the Watch ESPN apps. Click here to find the channel on more cable TV providers.

When should I leave downtown to avoid gameday traffic?

Reversal of some lanes to in-bound traffic near Williams-Brice Stadium starts around 2 p.m. along several thoroughfares, including Assembly, Bluff, Rosewood and George Rogers Boulevard. There will always be at least one outbound lane leading away from the stadium. Click here for a pre-game traffic flow map. Click here for a post-game map.

If you’re heading out downtown around lunch, watch for school buses and car traffic, as several stadium-area schools will dismiss early. Among them: Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and Olympia Learning Center, both off Bluff Road, and Rosewood, South Kilbourne, Meadowfield and A.C. Moore elementaries, all dismissing at noon; Dreher High, 12:45 p.m.; and Hand Middle, 1:30 p.m.

What’s the weather going to be like?

It’ll be hot for tailgating, with a high around 94, cooling down slightly to around 91 for the 6 p.m. kickoff, then cooling quickly during the game to about 77 for the post-game tailgate. There’s almost no chance of rain, almost no wind and clear skies predicted.

What about parking and shuttles to the stadium?

The State Fairgrounds parking lot opens at noon. Gameday park and ride shuttles start around 3 p.m. Pregame pickups are at Colonial Life Arena/Coliseum Lot B and Blowfish Stadium, with drop-off at Rosewood Drive, east of the fairgrounds’ Main Gate. Parking available in coliseum lot. Round-trip admission: $3 for the general public, free for USC students with valid ID. Buses run about every 20 minutes.

What can I look for during the game?

• The Gamecocks will wear all garnet

• The Gamecock Walk takes place at approximately 3:40 p.m. through Gamecock Park

• The debut of SEC Network’s traveling pre-game show, “SEC Nation,” will take place at Gamecock Park beginning at 4 p.m.
• Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, retired Marine, USC student and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, will be USC’s first celebrity starter of the season. Carpenter will take the field on Thursday and lead Williams-Brice Stadium in the “Game-Cocks” cheer.

I plan on heading down to Five Points after the game. What should I know?

Extra police and surveillance will be in force Thursday evening. Ambassadors in yellow jackets will be available to help people partying in the area. Read more about that, and a 10 p.m. curfew for minors, here.

Find a map of where to pick up cabs in Five Points by clicking here.

Still want more? Click here for the Gameday Guide, with more links to stadium seating, matchups and a full-page graphic on the game.


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