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Making my first trip to Columbia this weekend. Planning to rent a car. Can anyone give any tips on parking? Also, any recs on must do or must see things downtown or around the stadium on game day? 

Thanks for any help! Really looking forward to making the trip and seeing a new stadium. 

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Glad you are coming, are you wanting to tailgate or just a place to park? There is parking all around the stadium, generally, the closer to the stadium you get, the more it costs. There is also remote parking at some of the student lots on campus with a shuttle service. Parking will get full pretty quick but shouldn't be too much trouble. 

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9 minutes ago, denny6483 said:

Thank you! I will be solo and meeting some Carolina friends so really just need a spot to park. Don’t intend to set up a tailgate. 

I hate that we only travel to opponents in the other division every 10+ years now. Looking forward to seeing your campus and a good game. 

The stadium is not really on campus, but it's only a few minutes drive away, if you want to check it out, the horseshoe is the place to go. Do you know where your friends will be tailgating? Your best bet is driving towards the area they are going to be in and then grabbing the first spot you see, a few blocks out should be about $20. I tailgated next to a bunch of bama fans in 2010 and had a great time with them, and even more fun after the game.

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Their tailgate is somewhere on Key Road (I’m sure this is probably a vague description). I will do what you said and drive toward where they are and park the first place I see. 

Good to hear about your experience in 2010. We certainly took a beating that day. But win or lose most Bama fans are pretty nice at least on the road. 

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This will be our biggest game so far.

People will sometimes tailgate with a TV and a power inverter or a generator, but not actually go inside the stadium to watch the game.

You don't want to wait until the last minute to go because there will be heavy traffic.

I would say get to your tailgate party no later than two hours prior to kick-off.

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Ask them to pinpoint where on Key Rd they are so you can find your way from where I’m recommending. There is a road on the right off of Bluff Rd (where you will come in if you come from the south) called Eden St. There is a big sign that says Lee Equipment, make that right and pull down as far as you can. Should be 20 bucks to park and you can get to Key easily. Also very easy to exit from there. Enjoy the game.

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2 hours ago, Gamecock Rob said:

Ask them to pinpoint where on Key Rd they are so you can find your way from where I’m recommending. There is a road on the right off of Bluff Rd (where you will come in if you come from the south) called Eden St. There is a big sign that says Lee Equipment, make that right and pull down as far as you can. Should be 20 bucks to park and you can get to Key easily. Also very easy to exit from there. Enjoy the game.

Awesome. Thanks very much for the tip!

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On 9/10/2019 at 1:06 PM, denny6483 said:

I hate that we only travel to opponents in the other division every 10+ years now. Looking forward to seeing your campus and a good game. 

Although I can't say I would enjoy us playing Alabama more often, I would like to see SEC West opponents cycle through the schedule more quickly as well.

That said, I WOULD like to play Ole Miss a lot more.  Especially right now.

I think a 9-game conference schedule would be the only answer to this, but SEC AD's just aren't going to go for that.

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1 hour ago, ShepCock said:

Although I can't say I would enjoy us playing Alabama more often, I would like to see SEC West opponents cycle through the schedule more quickly as well.

That said, I WOULD like to play Ole Miss a lot more.  Especially right now.

I think a 9-game conference schedule would be the only answer to this, but SEC AD's just aren't going to go for that.

Ole Miss and also what about Arkansas? ever since we switch cross division rivals they have been a dumpster fire and easy win for most other teams in the SEC ..

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On 9/12/2019 at 11:11 AM, Gamecocks1137 said:

Ole Miss and also what about Arkansas? ever since we switch cross division rivals they have been a dumpster fire and easy win for most other teams in the SEC ..

If you do the math, with a 9-game schedule you see the teams from the West exactly twice as often (every 3 years instead of 6).

So yeah, Arkansas too.

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No brainer on 9 league games. Get rid of the permanent opponent - not fair if you draw Alabama, like UT does - and play the West teams two on and two off, home and away.

With Clemson as a 10th game, we would need an FCS and a low level FBS team to fil out the schedule.

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7 minutes ago, Ace Dilcock said:

No brainer on 9 league games. Get rid of the permanent opponent - not fair if you draw Alabama, like UT does - and play the West teams two on and two off, home and away.

Like the permanent West opponent, HATE that it's Texas A&M.  It makes no sense.

Switch it back to Arkansas, and I'm good.

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No brainer on 9 league games. Get rid of the permanent opponent - not fair if you draw Alabama, like UT does - and play the West teams two on and two off, home and away.
With Clemson as a 10th game, we would need an FCS and a low level FBS team to fil out the schedule.


Just get rid of divisions. One big league with the top 2 playing for the championship at the end.

3 games to permanent opponents.

10 teams left with 5 games. Rotate so you play each team every other year.

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17 hours ago, Spur's Addiction said:

 

 


Just get rid of divisions. One big league with the top 2 playing for the championship at the end.

3 games to permanent opponents.

10 teams left with 5 games. Rotate so you play each team every other year.
 

 

This wouldn't be a bad way to go about it.

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On 9/17/2019 at 11:15 AM, Cockypantherfan said:

This wouldn't be a bad way to go about it.

Just wanted to drop back in and thank everyone for your recommendations. I had a nice time and was treated well by your fans. You guys played much better than the score indicated and I think Hilinski will be a very good player for you moving forward. 

Getting to the fairgrounds before the game was kind of crazy with traffic, but the post-game traffic flow was managed very well. I have been to some places (LSU, Auburn) where it's just a total cluster after the game. It was very efficient getting away from the stadium for me on Saturday. 

Regarding a 9-game SEC schedule, Saban has been pushing for this for several years now. It doesn't sound like anyone else in the league is really behind it yet. I am not sure what it's like in Columbia, but there is an increasingly higher number of tickets available in Tuscaloosa for non-premium games (LSU, UT, Auburn, etc.) And fans are leaving early. It doesn't make for a great environment, especially against FCS teams.

Saban's ask was to have a 9-game league schedule, and of the other 3 games make at least 2 (if not all 3) be Power 5 opponents. And all 3 FBS. It would basically create two divisions within FBS - Power 5 and Group of 5. Would truly reward teams for scheduling up. And you wouldn't have to go undefeated to make the playoff. Would be closer to an NFL model. 

Some have mentioned that it would kill FCS programs, but the P5 could do a revenue share with G5 and FCS teams to keep them afloat because the new scheduling system would create much better tv contracts. Imagine if South Carolina was playing 9 SEC games (6 East and 3 West) and then had UNC, Clemson, and someone like UCLA in the non-conference. Would make fans much happier and each weekend would be a lot more fun. And everyone would beat up on each other so the CFP committee would actually have to do their job and reward teams with the best resume rather than making it a beauty contest where they put in the same 4-5 teams every year. 

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I would love to see FBS teams not play FCS ever.  They are usually horrible games both on TV and in person.  FBS makes enough money that they could help the FCS financially IMO.  I would like to see 9 conference games as well.  The thought of undefeated teams in college makes no sense to me.  Undefeated means you probably played 2-3 teams that were below your competition.  I would much rather see a 1 to 2 loss team in the playoffs and winning it all because they played a tough schedule.  I would also like to see conference play by week 3 or 4 unless you have a game like this week - UGA - Notre Dame. 

The only argument I can see for FCS games is they are like a pre-season NFL game to get guys work and playing time.

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I've never been a fan of scheduling FCS teams. For us in SC, there's some political push out there that requires both us and the taters play one of the smaller schools within the state. It's great for them in that they essentially get a cash handout for playing a game. It's not so beneficial for the FBS side.

In all honesty, I'd like to see another division created. The way it is now with 130 teams playing in the same league, there is simply no logical way of determining who gets to play for the championship. Some teams and conferences will always be favored over others. Take a look at UCF. Now I'm in no way saying that they would have matched up with the playoff teams in 2017, but they did go undefeated in their regular and post season games that year. They got left out, because well they really play nobody all year. So essentially that tells us that the entire AAC is a lesser conference and deserves no place at the table with other FBS conferences. If that's the case, then why even have them in the same league?

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Very true Cocky0.  If UCF goes undefeated this year, that is 3 regular seasons in a row.  At some point, do they deserve a shot at the playoffs?  Not sure.  That conference is really weak and I doubt UCF is undefeated in a Power 5 conference.  I can say I am tired of seeing Bama and the taters there, but until someone beats them, what can you do.

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