So you’ve snagged a ticket to the concert of the year — Beyonce and Jay-Z’s On The Road II at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Tuesday.
Now here’s the big question ... where are you going to park?
Sure, Uber and Lyft are options, but if you’re wanting to hang out — or don’t want to pay the (possible) high traffic upcharge for the rideshares — you could buy a parking spot in advance.
Keep in mind that parking will be available at a premium, and securing a space can get pricey. Here are a few presale lots that we’ve found:
Ticketmaster is selling parking spots at the SC State Fairgrounds and at Gamecock Park (across Bluff Road from Williams-Brice). Parking at the Fairgrounds and Gamecock Park are $40 per vehicle; parking at Premium South and Garnet Society (paved lots in front Gamecock Park) is $85 per vehicle. Lots will open at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. www.ticketmaster.com
ETV is opening up the Rotary ETV lot directly across from Williams-Brice. You may purchase a space in advance online and bring a paper copy of the parking pass with you in order to park. Spaces are $50 per vehicle at www.FivePointsRotary.com. Go to the website and find and select SHOP-Credit Card link. Find the “Beyonce Concert Advance Parking” box and select it. Follow the prompts to fill in the appropriate information and don’t forget to put “Beyonce Concert” in the Notes section to serve as the invoice and notification to generate the email advance pass.
You will be required to bring a paper copy of the email pass as it will be numbered and checked at the gate for security.
Tickets purchased at the gate will be cash sales only.
The Coop, at 1100 Key Road, just behind Williams-Brice, is offering tickets on Eventbrite. Advance tickets are $30 a vehicle with additional online fees; parking on Tuesday will be $60 per spot. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and will close two hours after the concert.
Hood Construction, 1050 Shop Road, is a short walk from from the stadium. No advance sales; the cost is $40 per vehicle on a first-come, first-served basis starting around 4 p.m.
The State Media Co., 1401 Shop Road, will have portions of the front and back lots open for public parking at $40 a vehicle. Lots will open at 3 p.m. Purchase a space in advance at www.preferredparking.com. Click on the black area of the map on Shop or Key roads and then on the green button to purchase a parking spot.
Keep in mind while you’re navigating the area that George Rogers Boulevard will be blocked to traffic between Bluff Road and Key Road. The state Highway Patrol will be monitoring and directing traffic.