If there’s ever been a really appropriate time to break out those toasty cowboy boots at Williams-Brice Stadium (sorry, ladies, but we know your feet were sweating in September), tonight’s the night.
It’s going to get cold, y’all.
That little black gameday dress and those khaki shorts won’t be cutting it when temperatures settle in the 40s as the Gamecocks take on the Tennessee Volunteers at 7:30 p.m.
We can’t predict the numbers on the scoreboard, but we can predict the numbers on the thermometer.
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Here’s what you need to know weather-wise for the first chilly gameday of the season.
From noon until about 5 or 6 p.m., temperatures will rise from the low 40s (feeling like the low 30s) to the low 50s (feeling like the mid-40s).
Rain is likely all afternoon, along with winds of up to 20 mph.
Expect things to dry up within a couple hours or so of kickoff.
Inside the stadium
Luckily, you’ll have 80,000 close friends to snuggle up next to for warmth.
At kickoff, 7:30 p.m. – It will be about 48 degrees, feels like 43, partly cloudy, no rain.
At halftime, around 9 p.m. – 46 degrees, feels like 41, mostly clear, no rain.
As you’re leaving the stadium, around 10:30 p.m. – 45 degrees, feels like 40, clear, no rain.
When you’re back home, wrapping up in sheets and flannel PJs and catching the West Coast games at midnight – 44 degrees, feels like 39, clear, no rain.
What to wear and bring
Layers! No, they’re not intended for hiding your flask, which isn’t permitted inside the stadium (even if it is just filled with hot water, you know, to warm you up). You won’t want to be too bundled up to Sandstorm, but you’ll be sorry if it’s just you and your polo shirt at halftime, so make your wardrobe flexible.
Make sure a rain jacket is one of those layers, especially at the afternoon tailgate.
This is an excellent occasion to wear that cute sweater dress you bought at the end of last season, or maybe to break out the festive garnet and black knit hat with the ear flaps and tassels your mom gave you for Christmas.
And scarves, thank goodness, because it’s finally that time of year. We know you have a dozen garnet styles to choose from. If not (and shame on you), swing by and pick one up at any team apparel store on your way to the stadium.
Also consider stuffing a few hand warmers in your pockets – gotta keep those spur-fingers toasty!
Blankets. Have them. Use them. Cuddle. It’ll be fun.