At a Glance
1125 George Rogers Blvd. Columbia, SC 29201
Williams-Brice Stadium, formerly Carolina Stadium, was first constructed in 1934 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Then, it seated 17,600 Gamecock fans. It has undergone a number of expansions and revisions over the years, with the largest prior to the 1982 expansion coming in 1971-72. A bequest from the estate of Mrs. Martha Williams-Brice helped boost the capacity then from slightly more than 43,000 to greater than 54,000.
Mrs. Williams-Brice’s husband, Thomas H. Brice, was a Gamecock football letterman from 1922-24, and her family operated the Williams Furniture Company in Sumter. She left a substantial inheritance from the furniture fortune to her nephews, Thomas W. and Philip L. Edwards, much of which they passed on to the University of South Carolina. That included a bequest for the stadium project.
The name was officially changed from Carolina Stadium to Williams-Brice Stadium in dedication ceremonies during the Sept. 9, 1972 opener with Virginia.
Added in 2012 was a $6.5 million state-of-the-art videoboard that sits above the north stands. It measures 36’ x 124’.
In 2015, the $14.5 million Springs Brooks Plaza transformed the entire circumference of Williams-Brice Stadium into an aesthetically pleasing walkway with the look and feel similar to the majestic Gamecock Park.
Williams-Brice Stadium Facts
- First game as Carolina Stadium: Oct. 6, 1934 (USC 22, VMI 6)
- Dedicated as Williams-Brice Stadium: Sept. 9, 1972 (UVA 24, USC 16)
- Capacity: 80,250
- Stadium Record: 298-191-14 (.606)
- When the Gamecocks take the field on gameday, Williams-Brice Stadium is packed with 80,000+ screaming Gamecock fans, making it more populated than all but three cities in the state of South Carolina.
- Williams-Brice Stadium is recognized as one of the finest facilities in all of college football. Carolina annually ranks among the nation’s leaders in attendance, and Gamecock fans are regarded as some of the most loyal in the country.
- South Carolina established a school record for football season tickets sold in 2005, selling 62,604 season tickets, surpassing the previous mark of 62,103 set in 2002. The numbers do not include student tickets and tickets contractually obligated to visiting teams.
- South Carolina ranked 16th in the nation in attendance in 2017, averaging 78,586 fans for seven games at Williams-Brice Stadium.