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William Brice Stadium
Formerly known as the Columbia Municipal Stadium and the Carolina Stadium, Williams-Brice Stadium is Located on the corner of George Rogers Boulevard and Bluff Road.
It is the home football stadium for the South Carolina Gamecocks which is the college football team of the University of South Carolina, situated in Columbia, South Carolina. This stadium is adjacent to the South Carolina State Fairgrounds and State Farmers Market.
This stadium was opened on September 23, 1934 having original capacity for 17,600 people which doubled during 1940s, making the room for 34,000 and a decade later, the capacity increased to 43,000.
Major renovations were made during 1971 to 1972 in which the west grandstand was rebuilt as well as the upper deck, increasing the capacity to 54,000. The stadium was renamed as the Williams-Brick Stadium in 1972 in the honor of Martha William Brice, who left almost all of her estate for the stadium.
In 1983, a controversy rose about the new east upper deck which was reported to sway considerably, almost as much as a foot. Afterwards the university considered it to be safe and till the day, the new east upper deck sways with the jumping up and down of the fans and some other parts of the ground have been found to vibrate because of the volume of the crowd during the game in the stadium.
SEC Sports.com has declared the Williams-Brice Stadium as "the best" atmosphere because of consistently attracting the standing-rooms-only crowds on the game days. The stadium has been used for many concerts, football championships of the state high schools and other events.
The Gamecock won their first game in 1934, against Erskine, beating them by 25-0 and over the years toppled the footballs teams of the colleges of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and various others.
The Williams-Brice Stadium, having the nickname "Cockpit", also bears to it some really important events like the concerts of the Irish rock band U2 in 1992, American heavy metal bands Metallica and Guns"n"roses in the same year, the British rock band The Rolling Stones in 1994.
Pope John Paul spoke to some 60,000 people in the stadium in 1987 during his visit to Columbia. And in 2007, Barrack Obama addressed to some 29,000 people in the stadium during his presidential campaign tour.
The stadium is considered to be one of the loudest game venues in the United States, especially after the renovations in 2008 in which the stadium was equipped with best audio system on the Collegiate level sports.
It is the tradition of the Williams-Brice Stadium that the theme song 2001 plays whenever the Gamecocks enter the stadium for any game. The traditional mascot of Gamecocks is Cocky which is nationally recognized and won the UCA Mascot Championship in 1986 and 1984.
It is also an interesting thing that every time Gamecocks score, there is fireworks from the scoreboard and a rooster crows in the loudspeaker.
Future plans for renovations include building an upper deck in the north end zone which will increase the seating capacity to 88,000. It has been considered that the Williams-Brice Stadium is one of the finest stadiums for the Gamecocks to play at.