South Carolina's State Budget & Control Board gave final approval Wednesday to the University of South Carolina for several facility projects, including renovation to the plaza surrounding Williams-Brice Stadium, construction for a new building for men's and women's soccer at Stone Stadium, a new track and field oval at Weems Baskin Track, and an upgraded USC Field House that will feature a new six-lane 200-meter fixed bank track with seating.

"The continuing enhancement and development of our athletic facilities will allow us to recruit the finest student-athletes and compete for championships in the nation's top conference - the SEC," USC director of athletics Ray Tanner said.

"The Williams-Brice Stadium Plaza development will add to the high quality aesthetic surroundings for our fans to enjoy on football game days."

All four projects, with a combined estimated cost of $33 million, were approved by the University Board of Trustees on Feb. 28, 2013.