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Weather damages Williams-Brice Stadium sign

A before-and-after look at the sign at Williams-Brice Stadium that overlooks Gamecock Park. The sign was damaged by wind overnight Monday.
A before-and-after look at the sign at Williams-Brice Stadium that overlooks Gamecock Park. The sign was damaged by wind overnight Monday. dmclemore@thestate.com

The severe weather that moved through the Columbia area Monday night damaged one of the signs at Williams-Brice Stadium.

The 29-foot-by-51-foot lighted sign is outside the stadium facing Bluff Road and the Gamecock Park. The $200,000 aluminum sign was added in 2014.

According to South Carolina sports information: “The sign company concluded that the sign/black lexan material in the block C was hit by lightning and cracked, then the wind blew it out. Still working on a total assessment and plan to replace the material that makes up the face of the sign/Block C.”

By Tuesday morning, the entire black portion of the letter was gone, including part of the logo’s tailfeathers.

According to the National Weather Service, the highest recorded gust Monday night was between 47 and 48 mph.

The South Carolina football team held its first practice of the preseason Tuesday.

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