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Old 08-27-2013, 03:36 PM   #1
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Default Tailgating before 1pm?

Hello Gamecock fans!

I have been super impressed with your forum...even as a UNC fan. I know I am the enemy here, but I was hoping to have some southern hospitality extended to me so I can truly enjoy my time in Columbia!

My question...My friends and I are looking to set up a tailgate, but all the information I can find shows lots don't open before 12 or 1pm...is this the case universally? We would really like to get an early start at like 9 or so...we need to consume a lot of alcohol to make this game a little easier to watch (:

Are there general admission lots along Assembly, Bluff or Shop that will be available in the morning?

Thanks in advance for going easy on me...I just want to be able to tailgate and have a good time watching what I hope is a great game!
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:44 PM   #2
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Very unlikely. Most places open up 5 hours before KO, a few 6 hours. None, that I'm aware of, open that early.
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I think Seawell's lot is opening at 11:00... Off Rosewood... That might be your best bet.
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Bummer. Y'all really don't do all day tailgating?
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Bummer. Y'all really don't do all day tailgating?
The only time most places opened up that early (9 am for a 6 pm Kick) were the games in which College Gameday had their show in town.
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Bummer. Y'all really don't do all day tailgating?
Probably not on a Thursday.
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Bummer. Y'all really don't do all day tailgating?
It's Thursday, so everything is a little weird and a lot of lots won't open until later in the day. If it was on a Saturday, then you could do all day tailgating.
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Bummer. Y'all really don't do all day tailgating?
It's Thursday, students still have class, etc. (we don't cancel like MooU). If it was on Saturday things would start earlier.
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Hello Gamecock fans!

I have been super impressed with your forum...even as a UNC fan. I know I am the enemy here, but I was hoping to have some southern hospitality extended to me so I can truly enjoy my time in Columbia!

My question...My friends and I are looking to set up a tailgate, but all the information I can find shows lots don't open before 12 or 1pm...is this the case universally? We would really like to get an early start at like 9 or so...we need to consume a lot of alcohol to make this game a little easier to watch (:

Are there general admission lots along Assembly, Bluff or Shop that will be available in the morning?

Thanks in advance for going easy on me...I just want to be able to tailgate and have a good time watching what I hope is a great game!
For conference games the Fairgrounds opens at 8 AM but during non conference they do 5 hours before.

Your best bet would be to stake out a spot at one of the businesses selling spots allong Bluff rd or Assembly st.
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For conference games the Fairgrounds opens at 8 AM but during non conference they do 5 hours before.

Your best bet would be to stake out a spot at one of the businesses selling spots allong Bluff rd or Assembly st.
Yea, you could probably go ahead and park somewhere that will be selling day-of-the-game parking. When they get there to start selling, you can pay them then, they may ask you to move, as they may have a plan for order of cars getting into the lot. A good bet would be to park along assembly, across from the fair grounds - you could walk over into the RV area and people will be there tailgating. Or set up your own tailgate there, they can't block that part off, but be ready to pay when asked.
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:10 PM   #11
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Bummer. Y'all really don't do all day tailgating?
If you're trying to get a tailgating spot mid-morning on Thursday, my suggestion is check out the business off Bluff Road across from the Fairgrounds...around the Budweiser plant. They may open their lots up earlier.

Hope you have a great tailgating experience at W-B...and don't mind the drunk smack talkers (they're normally sparse, but easy to spot).

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Bummer. Y'all really don't do all day tailgating?
This is funny to me coming from a UNC fan as when we played in Chapel Hill last time IIRC it was a 2:30 kick off, and nothing was open on Franklin Street until 11 am.

When all of the Gamecock fans showed up knocking on the doors the bars and restaurants were shocked that people were there. Seriously, the biggest amateur hour ever I've ever seen for "major" college football.

The only place that was open was some cocktail lounge that held about 15 people.
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If you're trying to get a tailgating spot mid-morning on Thursday, my suggestion is check out the business off Bluff Road across from the Fairgrounds...around the Budweiser plant. They may open their lots up earlier.

Hope you have a great tailgating experience at W-B...and don't mind the drunk smack talkers (they're normally sparse, but easy to spot).

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Doubtful.. They still have a business to run and will probably do so until lunchtime.
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Doubtful.. They still have a business to run and will probably do so until lunchtime.
Have to disagree...it's not just the businesses...they'll be some lots off Bluff Rd that open early...at least they did in 2011 for the Thursday game.

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I can assure you that there will be people out there tailgating around 9 a.m. You just might have to drive around a little before you find a spot.
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I have been super impressed with your forum...even as a UNC fan. I know I am the enemy here, but I was hoping to have some southern hospitality extended to me so I can truly enjoy my time in Columbia!

My question...My friends and I are looking to set up a tailgate, but all the information I can find shows lots don't open before 12 or 1pm...is this the case universally? We would really like to get an early start at like 9 or so...we need to consume a lot of alcohol to make this game a little easier to watch (:

Are there general admission lots along Assembly, Bluff or Shop that will be available in the morning?

Thanks in advance for going easy on me...I just want to be able to tailgate and have a good time watching what I hope is a great game!

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I've only parked here once and it was a Saturday game (and UGA), but it was open pretty early. DO NOT park in the lot straight across Bluff Rd from there. It is a school and they don't allow alcohol.


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There will be plenty of lots down Bluff rd that will be open in the morning hours...
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I've only parked here once and it was a Saturday game (and UGA), but it was open pretty early. DO NOT park in the lot straight across Bluff Rd from there. It is a school and they don't allow alcohol.
And people wonder why kids are out of control these days.
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And people wonder why kids are out of control these days.
I forgot about it being Thursday and school would still be going on

Anyway, they don't allow alcohol there on Saturdays either because it is school grounds.
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