Josh Kendall

Hold the phone on free tickets: USC link never meant for general public

Hold the phone on the free tickets.

Due to a technical error, a link to obtain free tickets to Saturday’s South Carolina-Akron football game that was meant only for community groups and military personnel was made public Wednesday afternoon, opening the free tickets up to the general public. However, USC officials have asked the general public not to use the link.

“The athletics department, in an effort to increase attendance and give our football team a more memorable experience in their final home game of the season, sent a link to complimentary upper deck tickets to various community groups and military personnel intended for their use only,” according to a statement released to The State on Wednesday night. “The athletics department hopes that our fans respect the intention of the offer of complimentary tickets to community groups and the military.”

The State and WIS TV were among the media outlets to post stories that included the link on Wednesday afternoon. Tickets to the game remain on sale to the general public from the Gamecocks ticket office. Tickets are $50 for lower level seats and $45 for upper level seats.

South Carolina (6-5) is playing the Zips (4-7) at noon in Williams-Brice Stadium. The game was scheduled less than a month ago as a makeup for the scheduled Sept. 15 game against Marshall, which was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. USC refunded all season ticket holders their money from the Marshall game and earlier this week had yet to sell 30,000 for the game.

“I know it’s not going to be an SEC type crowd, but it sets up for a big walkup crowd,” South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner said Wednesday on 107.5 The Game.

South Carolina’s lowest announced home attendance this season was No. 17 against Chattanooga, when the official attendance was 72,832. The smallest Gamecocks home attendance since Williams-Brice Stadium was expanded to 54,000 seats in 1972 was against Appalachian State in 1974, when 32,285 fans attended. South Carolina’s home stadium holds 80,250 fans.

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