Texas A&M Aggies Tailgating

Where To Be

Where are the best spots to tailgate during a gameday in College Station?

Aggie Zone

Take the family to the Aggie Fan Zone just outside of Kyle Field. This is an alcohol free zone and offers activities and pre-game festivities for all ages. The Fan Zone opens 3.5 hours before kickoff. This is the perfect place to grab food, catch the pre-game band march and team walk, and view the pre-game radio shows. For up to date information on activities and vendors visit Aggie Fan Zone.

Tailgating Rules and Regulations

  • Tailgating areas are reserved for fans, recognized student organizations and university departments. Certain areas are designated for particular uses, so please refer to Site-Specific Guidelines for further guidance in addition to the General Rules, which cover all tailgating areas.
  • No overnight occupancy is allowed in tailgating areas. Site must be vacated by midnight on “set-up day.” Tailgating sites open at 6:30 a.m. on “gameday” and must be cleared and cleaned by midnight or 3 hours after the game, whichever is later.
  • Driving or parking private vehicles on any and all greenspaces and sidewalks is prohibited.
  • Tents or canopies must be secured and may not obstruct sidewalks, drive lanes or pedestrian walkways. Tailgating amenities including furniture, grills, generators or satellite dishes, may not obstruct sidewalks, drive lanes or pedestrian walkways.
  • Individuals are responsible for compliance with all local and state laws governing alcohol consumption.
  • Tailgating and the use of alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the Memorial Student Center (MSC) lawn, Simpson Drill Field, the All Faiths Chapel grounds, in Cain (Eagle) Park, on Penberthy Intramural Fields, within delineated perimeter of athletic venues and inside university facilities, unless otherwise designated.
  • According to Texas A&M University Rules, solicitations and commercial activities require approval of the University Concessions Committee.
  • Any person damaging University property will be responsible for the cost of repairs; including damages to grass from cooking grease and sprinkler damage.
  • Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Athletics, University Police Department and Transportation Services Department reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time—inappropriate behavior will result in the permanent loss of all parking and tailgating privileges.
  • Texas A&M University is not responsible or liable for accidents, damage, loss or theft of materials/items/personal property left overnight.
  • In case of emergency, call 911. For non-emergencies call University Police at 979.845.2345.
  • Greenspaces within 15 feet of parking lots are reserved for fans assigned to those parking lots.
  • Unless otherwise designated, site setup may begin no earlier than noon on “set-up day,” (the day immediately preceding a NCAA-recognized campus sporting event). Claiming tailgate areas prior to “set-up day” is prohibited.

Grills & Open Flams
Where BBQ grills are allowed, all BBQ grills, propane or otherwise, should be attended to at all times. Grills on trailers may not be driven onto greenspaces. Hot coals must be doused and properly disposed of in specially designated Coal Dumpsters to prevent fires. Fires built on the ground and open fire pit devices are prohibited.

Where generators are allowed, all generators must be equipped with a noise reducing device (manufacturer-approved cover or muffler). Special care and consideration should be taken when managing fuel and extension cords affiliated with generators.

Motorized Vehicles
Use of motorized recreational vehicles, including four-wheelers, golf carts, mules, gators, scooters, motorized skateboards, etc., is prohibited.

Pets are not allowed to run at large in tailgating sites or on campus and must be leashed at all times according to local leash laws. Furthermore, animals shall not be left unattended or secured to university property. Clean up after your pet.

Dispose of all trash in trash receptacles located in tailgating areas or pack it out. The disposal of grease, hot coals or hazardous materials onto the grounds or into storm drains is prohibited.


Michael from A&M – Gameday Rivals Ultimate Tailgater

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Allison from A&M – Gameday Rivals Ultimate Tailgater

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Tailgating at the Texas @ Texas A&M Game

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References: AggieAthletics.comTransport.TAMU.eduTailgating.TAMU.edu, Texas A&M University

2001 Entrance

The University of South Carolina Gamecocks feature one of the most electrifying pregame entrances one has eve seen. Just before kickoff of every home game, the team lines up the tunnel in the southwest corner of Williams-Brice Stadium. The song “2001-A Space Odyssey” begins to play throughout the stadium sound system, and the crowd begins to roar in anticipation. At the exact right moment in the song, the team rushes out onto the field (usually accompanied by some kind of pyrotechnics), and the crowd goes wild.


The Story Behind 2001

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South Carolina Gamecocks 2001 Entrance

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2001 Entrance from the Student Section

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Cockaboose Railroad

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The Cockaboose Railroad is a tailgating tradition like no other. Twenty-two train cabooses sit stationary along a railroad track just outside of Williams-Brice Stadium, presenting the perfect tailgate setting for all who pass by.

Owned by a local businessman and his wife, The Creggers, the Cockaboose Railroad ha been serving the ultimate tailgaters for more than fourteen years. Each caboose offers running water, A/C, cable TV, and a cozy living room full of couches.


Cockaboose Railroad

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Cockaboose 16, Williams-Brice Stadium

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Interview with the Creggers, Owners of the Cockaboose

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Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

“Cocky” is the name of the South Carolina Gamecocks mascot, the costumed-representation of a rooster, or ‘gamecock’. He is a loyal fan of the Gamecocks, attending every football game, home and away. He also frequently attends Gamecocks basketball and baseball games.


Cocky – In the Air Tonight

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Corso Picks USC to Beat Georgia

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Cocky does Soulja-Boy

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References: gamecocksonline.com

Sir Big Spur

Sir Big Spur. (Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE)

Sir Big Spur is actually the third gamecock to represent the South Carolina Gamecocks football team. He attends both home and away football games, and faithfully sits perched above the Williams-Brice Stadium sideline.

Follow Sir Big Spur on Twitter @Sir_Big_Spur


Sir Big Spur

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The South Carolina Fight Song

“The Fighting Gamecocks Lead the Way”

Hey, Let’s give a cheer, Carolina is here,
The Fighting Gamecocks lead the way.
Who gives a care, If the going gets tough,
And when it is rough, that’s when the ‘Cocks get going.
Hail to our colors of garnet and Black,
In Carolina pride have we.
So, Go Gamecocks Go – FIGHT!
Drive for the goal – FIGHT!
USC will win today – GO COCKS!
So, let’s give a cheer, Carolina is here.
The Fighting Gamecocks All The Way!


South Carolina’s “The Fighting Gamecocks Lead The Way”

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References: gamecocksonline.com

Alma Mater

“We Hail Thee Carolina”

We hail thee, Carolina, and sing thy high praise
With loyal devotion, remembering the days
When proudly we sought thee, thy children to be:
Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Since pilgrims of learning, we entered thy walls
And found dearest comrades in thy classic halls
We’ve honored and loved thee as sons faithfully;
Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Generations of sons have rejoiced to proclaim
Thy watchword of service, thy beauty and fame;
For ages to come shall their rallying cry be:
Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Fair shrine of high honor and truth, thou shalt still
Blaze forth as a beacon, thy mission fulfill,
And crowned by all hearts in a new jubilee:
Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!


We Hail Thee Carolina USC’s Alma Mater – USC SoundCheck

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 References: sc.edu

South Carolina Gamecocks Football Ticket Information


South Carolina Athletics Ticket Office

Located in Colonial Life Arena
801 Lincoln Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone # 803-777-4274
Toll Free # 800-4SC-FANS
Office Hours: Mon-Frid 9am-5pm

General Public

Single game and mini-season tickets, if available, can be purchased through the South Carolina Athletics Ticket Office. For more information and to purchase visit South Carolina Athletics Ticket Office.

Mini-Season Ticket Plans


  • UAB
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee


  • ECU
  • Arkansas
  • Wofford

Mini plans are subject to availability and will be available to Gamecock Club members first on August 20, 2012.

Black 3 – $160

  • Vanderbilt
  • Kentucky
  • Florida

Garnet – $155

  • Citadel
  • Auburn
  • Clemson

Group Tickets

Group Ticket availability is limited, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis in the upper level for groups of 50 or more. If you have any additional questions, contact the Ticket Office at 800-4SC-FANS, or email the South Carolina Marketing Office at enichols@sc.edu.

Season Tickets/Alumni

Season tickets are exclusive to Gamecock Club members. It costs only $55 to join the club. After joining the Gamecock Club, you will be mailed a football season ticket application that will contain your seat selection date and time. Following is information on how to join the club and purchase season tickets:

Join the Gamecock Club, or call 803-777-4276.

Gamecock Club Membership Details

$55 (Minimum level to purchase season tickets)
Number of Season Tickets 2
Season Ticket Price $320 per seat
Seat Donation $50 per seat*
Total Cost $795

$385 (Minimum level to purchase 4 season tickets)
Number of Season Tickets 4
Season Ticket Price $320 per seat
Seat Donation $50 per seat*
Total Cost $1,865

Gamecock Club Benefits

  • A guaranteed seat to all 7 home games including the traditional rivalry game with Clemson
  • Ability to renew your seat location every season
  • Discounted season ticket price
  • Discounted single game ticket prices
  • Accumulate Gamecock Club priority points to be eligible for postseason Bowl games

For more information and to purchase visit Gamecock Club.


For all USC Student Football Ticket Information CLICK HERE.

Will Call, Recruits, Players Family

The South Carolina Box Office WILL CALL will be open four hours prior to game time and is located on the northwest corner of Williams-Brice Stadium at Gate 26.

Ticket Policy/FAQ’s


Tickets cannot be resold at the Williams-Brice Stadium site. Lost or stolen tickets are not the responsibility of management, and additional tickets can be purchased through the ticket office if available. There is a NO cash refund policy in effect on all tickets. The management reserves the right to refuse admission.

Stadium Admittance

Every person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the facility. There are no exceptions.

References: gamecocksonline.com

South Carolina Gamecocks Football RV and Bus Parking

General Public

There are a few RV Parking options available for those arriving early, we suggest parking at the Fairgrounds, but contact them early as spots sell out quickly:

  • The Fairgrounds (803) 799-3387, Located on the east side of Assembly St and Gate 12 on Rosewood Dr
  • Capital City Stadium/Blowfish Park - Located on the west side of Assembly St, parking is $10 per space needed to fully accommodate an RV. This lot opens on Friday at 2:00, is first come first serve, and there are no hookups. 301 S Assembly St, Columbia, SC.
  • The Farmers Market - For those arriving on Friday or gameday the Farmers Market offers first come first serve RV parking for $60/day.  This lot opens at 2:00 pm on Friday.  Entrance is on National Guard Rd. The address to the Farmer’s Market is 1001 Bluff Rd, Columbia, SC.


Buses will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis in the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. Drivers should use the entrances located at Gate 12 on Rosewood Drive. For additional information, please contact the Fairgrounds at (803) 799-3387.

Media Parking

Media parking is located on Key Road in a lot controlled by the South Carolina Athletic Department. Members of the media should request parking credentials for this area from the University of South Carolina Media Relations Office. For more information, please contact them at 803-777-5204.


Due to space constraints, limousines are not allowed in Gamecock Club-controlled parking areas. Drivers should drop off any guests at Williams-Brice Stadium and seek parking in public lots made available by area businesses.

References: gamecocksonline.com

South Carolina Gamecocks Football Gameday Shuttle and Park & Ride

General Public Shuttle

South Carolina offers a gameday shuttle service from several parking lot locations. Below are details on shuttle service. USC Football Gameday Shuttle Drop-off Map

Shuttle Service

  • No open containers or food beverages allowed on shuttle.
  • Shuttle operates for all home games
  • Free to USC students with a valid USC ID
  • $3 per person for everyone else
  • Service begins 3 hours prior to kickoff
  • Service runs until 1.5 hours after game with limited service throughout the game


  • Pickups are Colonial Life Arena/Coliseum Lot B and Blowfish Stadium
  • Dropoff is on Rosewood, east of Main Gate to Fairgrounds – SEE MAP


  • Pickup is on Rosewood, east of Main Gate to Fairgrounds
  • Dropoffs are Colonial Life Arena/Coliseum Lot B and Blowfish Stadium

For questions and further information contact USC Parking Services at (803) 777-1439.

Disabled Parking Shuttle

The University of South Carolina offers shuttle services for disabled persons, accommodating those people parked at Blowfish Stadium and at the Fairgrounds. Drop-off is right at Williams-Brice Stadium. Football Accessible Parking Map 

For questions and further information contact USC Parking Services at (803) 777-1439.

References: sc.edu

South Carolina Gamecocks Football Gameday Season Ticket, Reserved and Booster Parking


South Carolina Season Ticket holders can purchase season parking in the Fairgrounds (located along George Rogers Blvd, north side of the stadium). For more information on purchasing a season parking pass, visit Gamecocks Fairgrounds Football Parking. For questions contant:

Gamecocks Ticket Office
(803) 777-4274


Mr. Jim Petrus
Athletic Department

Farmers Market

Fans can purchase season football parking passes in the Farmers Market. For more information contact the Gamecocks Ticket Office at (803) 777-4274.

References: gamecocksonline.com

South Carolina Gamecocks Football Gameday Public Parking

There are a ton of options for parking on gamedays, with several parks and markets around the stadium offering paid parking. Williams-Brice Stadium is located off campus, so don’t plan on parking on campus. A lot of fans seem to park off of Shop Rd on the northeast side of the stadium. Another good option is to park on the north side of the stadium around the fair grounds, however the fair ground parking itself is reserved for season ticket holders. The following lots are open to the general public on gamedays:

References: gamecocksonline.com

Pawley’s Front Porch

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Cuisine: Sports Bar
Phone: (803) 771-8001
Address: 827 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29205
Price: $
Area: Five Points

Football season is a great time to visit Columbia and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. And what better place than Pawley’s Front Porch, where you can sit outside and enjoy a beer with that cool breeze. They serve cheap, delicious food for lunch and dinner, and they proudly use local ingredients whenever possible. The burgers are huge and mouthwatering, but be sure to ask for extra napkins. Pawley’s Front Porch is a great place to hang out with friends and watch your favorite sports game.


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Cuisine: Cafe, Bakery
Phone: (803) 779-9599
Address: 930 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Price: $$$
Area: Vista District

Nonnah’s was one of the first restaurants established in the popular Vista District. They offer a lite lunch and dinner menu, but their specialty is definitely dessert. In fact, their desserts have been voted “Best in Columbia” for thirteen years in a row. If you are looking for a quaint place to go for dinner, Nonnah’s is your best bet; just make sure you save room for dessert!


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Cuisine: Italian
Phone: (803) 791-3443
Address: 100 State St., West Columbia, SC 29169
Price: $$
Area: Other

One of the most upscale restaurants in West Columbia, SC., Terra is an experience like no other. By using simple ingredients and cooking everything from scratch, the world-renowned chef Mike Davis makes sure that each dish is beyond delicious and acceptable. Although the menu is a bit pricey, this is the place to go to splurge on an insatiable meal. Some of the best wines are served here, along with eye-catching dishes that will impress you and your friends.

Motor Supply Company Bistro

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Cuisine: American, Bars
Phone: (803) 256-6687
Address: 920 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201
Price: $$
Area: Other

With hand-written menus and different cuisine every day, this restaurant will entice you with a meal of good times. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, the Motor Supply Company Bistro has a plethora of eatery to choose from: American, French, Italian and Asian dishes that will whet your appetite. This artistic restaurant is the essential place to have a date night or go out on the town with your sophisticated friends. The restaurant’s hours are a bit limited, so make sure to stop by when it’s popping for a night of good eats and lovely chats.


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Type: Sports Bar, Music Venue
Phone: (803) 779-7789
Address: 800 Gervais St Columbia, SC 29201
Price: $$
Area: Vista District

Located in the popular Vista District, Jillian’s is literally a one-stop spot for all things nightlife. They offer, in no particular order: live music and concerts, sports viewing, billiards and games, great food and drink specials, and nightclubs for dancing. Make sure that if you’re heading to Columbia you check out the musical lineup at Jillian’s. Above all of the others things to do at this lively spot, their outdoor concert area is an awesome place to catch you favorite stars.

Tin Roof

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Type: Bar, Restaurant
Phone: (803) 771-1558
Address: 1022 Senate St Columbia, SC 29201
Price: $
Area: Vista District

Located in the Vista District, which offers a wide variety of bars and restaurants, the Tin Roof is a lively place to go for drinks and food. They often offer live music and, if the weather is nice, make sure you take advantage of their patio. They have a great happy hour and drink specials, and their signature menu item is the quesadillas. The Tin Roof is a great place to swing in for dinner and a good time.

5 Points Pub

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Type: Bar, Music Venue
Phone: (803) 253-7888
Address: 2020 Devine Street  Columbia, South Carolina 29205
Price: $$
Area: Five Points

5 Points Pub is a popular bar and music venue, located in the historical Five Points area of Columbia, SC. They featuring a wide variety of live music and libations. From country to jazz to rock ‘n roll, local and national acts can be found jamming in this popular spot. If you’re heading to Columbia, for a football game or just for a weekend trip, be sure to check the lineup at 5 Points Pub before you go. You are guaranteed a good time!