COLUMBIA — South Carolina fans planning to make the trek to Charlotte to see the Gamecocks’ 2015 football opener will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets than usual.
USC announced Monday that tickets for the Sept. 3 game against North Carolina have gone on sale, and they won’t come cheap. Lower level end zone seats at Bank of America Stadium are $102, while upper level corner seats will run $76 and club seats will go for $257.50.
By comparison, the most expensive ticket last season at Williams-Brice Stadium was the Georgia game, which went for $75.
The deadline to request tickets for the season opener is July 10, and orders from Gamecock Club members will take precedence. The tickets may be purchased online at GamecocksOnline.com, or by calling the athletics ticket office at 803-777-4274.
The 6 p.m. game, which has been named the Belk College Kickoff, will be televised by an ESPN network. It is being held at the Carolina Panthers’ stadium and organized by the Charlotte Sports Foundation, the group which hosts the annual Belk Bowl at the same facility.
South Carolina went 7-6 last season, closing with a victory over Miami in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., and notching a record fourth consecutive bowl win. North Carolina went 6-7, falling to Rutgers in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit. USC and UNC last played in 2013 in Columbia, with the Gamecocks winning 27-10.
— Three Gamecocks have been named to preseason All-SEC teams as chosen by Phil Steele’s magazine. Junior wide receiver Pharoh Cooper was named to the first team, while senior offensive tackle Brandon Shell of Goose Creek was named to the third team, and junior linebacker Skai Moore was named to the fourth team.