Student Activities and Guidelines for ESPN’s College GameDay on the Horseshoe

ESPN’s College GameDay will broadcast from the historic Horseshoe on the University of South Carolina campus this Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. The university also is celebrating Parents Weekend Sept. 26-28 and hosting nearly 10,000 registered participants. GameDay’s visit will offer students the chance to celebrate and enjoy these memorable events with their families.

The details for the many College GameDay-related activities planned for students this Friday and Saturday are listed below.

Pep rally, poster making and corn hole tournament
To help USC students get excited for GameDay and Carolina’s game against Missouri, students and families are invited to a pep rally sponsored by Student Government and Gamecock Athletics on Friday, Sept. 26 from 11:45 a.m. to noon on Greene Street in front of the Russell House. Get excited with Cocky, the cheerleaders and more!

The Department of Student Life will provide poster-making supplies for students to make signs for the broadcast on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Greene Street in front of the Russell House, while supplies last.

In addition, students can participate in the Coke Zero Cornhole Challenge Built by The Home Depot on Friday from noon-2 p.m. on Greene Street in front of the Russell House. Students are encouraged to sign-up in advance via Facebook. On-site registrations start at 11:30 a.m., if slots are available. The 64 teams will compete in a bracket-style tournament until a winner is decided. Each team will consist of two people, and each game will last no more than five minutes. The team with the highest point total after five minutes will be declared the winner and advance to the next round. The winning team will receive two VIP backstage passes to College GameDay!

Friday filming at the GameDay set
ESPN will be filming spots on Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. at the GameDay set on the Horseshoe. Students are encouraged to attend and cheer for the Gamecocks!

Overnight camping on the Horseshoe – Friday, Sept. 26
USC students will be allowed to camp on the east end of the Horseshoe between the Maxcy Monument and the McKissick Museum from 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 until 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. All tents and gear must be removed from the Horseshoe by 7 a.m., as the ESPN pit area opens at 7 a.m. Students can rent tents, sleeping bags and other equipment from Outdoor Recreation, which is part of Campus Recreation. For more information, visit or stop by the Outdoor Recreation office at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center to rent the gear.

The following guidelines are in place for students visiting and spending the night on the Horseshoe on Friday, Sept. 26 and during the day on Saturday, Sept. 27.

  • All university policies will be enforced, and non-compliers will be sent home or face consequences with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • No items (such as stakes) may be placed in the ground.
  • No items (ie. hammocks) may be attached to the trees or other vegetation, light poles or buildings.
  • No climbing on monuments, trees or other structures.
  • No pets are allowed.
  • Cooking, heaters or open flames are major no-no’s.
  • No coolers, alcoholic beverages or glass containers.
  • The university’s solicitation policy is in effect. In addition, the distribution of political materials and other promotional items is strictly forbidden.
  • All students are expected to demonstrate extreme excitement when “Sandstorm” is played at all times of the day or night.
  • Fun and respect for the Horseshoe and your fellow students are required.
  • Please keep all signs, posters, actions, banners and flags positive, classy and supportive of our Gamecocks. Remember that the entire college football world will be watching Carolina on Saturday morning.
  • Student Affairs staff and University Police will be on site all night to assist everyone in having a great experience. Students can ask any of these individuals for assistance or information.
  • Carolina students are the greatest Gamecock fans, and we all want the GameDay events to be supportive of our Gamecocks. Cheer for the Gamecocks, and let’s be silent when our opponents are mentioned both on Saturday, Sept. 27, and the orange crowd we play later in October and November. Home field advantage for the team starts Friday night on the Horseshoe and continues through the game Saturday. Carolina students will be a major influence on the game’s outcome.

Campus dining options

  • Barnes and Noble Café, located in the University Bookstore at the Russell House, will be open until 6 p.m. on Friday.
  • Pandini’s in the Russell House will be open until 10 p.m. on Friday night.
  • Chick-fil-A and Pizza Hut in the Russell House will be open until midnight on Friday night.
  • Marble Slab in the Russell House will be open until 1 a.m. on Friday night.
  • Students can present a valid receipt from Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut or Marble Slab for a purchase made between 10 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Russell House first floor desk outside the Grand Marketplace and get free GAMEDAY t-shirt, while supplies last.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Russell House will open for breakfast at 6 a.m. on Saturday.
  • The Grand Marketplace and Chick-fil-A in the Russell House will open for breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Barnes and Noble Café, located in the University Bookstore at the Russell House, will open at 7 a.m., and the bookstore will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday. On Saturday and Sunday, clearance items are an additional 50% off. League-brand items are buy one get one for 50% off on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for students paying with CarolinaCards only.

The Russell House will be open all Friday night, and port-a-johns will be located in the parking lot behind Harper-Elliott.

Late-night dining on Saturday night
Late-night dining after the football game will feature Pizza Hut and Chick-fil-A, which will remain open until midnight. The Russell House also will close at midnight.

Participate in the Good Choice Challenge!
Take photos of yourself doing the activities listed in the Good Choice Challenge, tweet them (complete 10 and earn a loyalty point!) and win prizes in this contest sponsored by Substance Abuse Prevention and Education.

Gamecock Fans Code of Conduct
Gamecock fans are encouraged to wear garnet and black to games and to enthusiastically support the team while exhibiting good sportsmanship. In the spirit of sportsmanship, Gamecock fans shall:

  • conduct themselves in a manner that represents their University, the Southeastern Conference, and the NCAA with honor, dignity, and respect.
  • not use vulgar, abusive, racist, sexist, demeaning, or intimidating language at any time.
  • support the players, coaches, and officials in a positive manner.
  • treat the visiting team, coaches, and fans with courtesy and respect at all times.
  • demonstrate the qualities of civility and sportsmanship at all times.
  • not engage in cheers that are vulgar, crass, or demeaning.
  • refrain from throwing objects onto the field for any reason.
  • not become inebriated or belligerent.
  • refrain from entering the playing field at any time, including after the game.
  • be a positive role model for those around them by treating others with courtesy and respect.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact the Department of Student Life at 803-777-5782. To view this information online, visit