The University of South Carolina needs the U.S. Army to keep its teams on the field.
USC is asking lawmakers to renew its lease with the Department of the Army on a Bluff Road field the Gamecocks use for sports practice, student intramural sports and other athletic activities.
The university’s current lease is up at the end of April. USC will need lawmakers approval to extend the lease another five years, at a cost of $215,000 a year, or roughly $1.1 million.
Money for the lease will come from the $210-a-year activity fee charged USC students. The college has a waiting list for student teams to use the fields, which cover 5.7 acres.
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USC has leased the property from the Army since 1996. The field is adjacent to a S.C. National Guard facility and across Bluff Road from Williams-Brice Stadium.
It was the practice field for the USC football team, until new outdoor fields were opened in Gamecock Park in 2015.