Re: Really excited to visit the other Columbia!
Welcome Mike, should be a great time. We seem to get along with you guys pretty well and I think you'll find that you'll be welcome at many tailgates, including some Cockabooses. The track runs right behind the south end of the stadium so you can't miss them. The Fairgrounds and Gamecock Park are the two major tailgating areas directly beside the stadium and are great for walking around and meeting people. Gamecock Park (aka old farmer's market) is brand new with awesome landscaping and a great recreational area with different activities for the family. Definitely a good place to set up if you can.
Pawleys Front Porch (awesome burgers, 5 points)
Yesterdays (another classic 5 points restaurant)
Anything in the Vista area (start at Assembly/Gervais intersection)
California Dreaming (good food, in an old converted railroad station)
I'm sure I'm missing a lot but it's a start.