Williams-Brice stadium adds LED lights for 2022 season

The lights will soon shine brighter at the Williams-Brice stadium.

South Carolina this week began installing new LED lighting at the Gamecocks football stadium, the school announced in a social media post Tuesday. The new lights are among multiple renovations expected ahead of the 2022 football season, according to an October announcement from the school.

“Speaking of atmosphere… get ready because it’s about to take it to a whole new level,” USC said on its official football Twitter account.

The new lights will have the ability to flash garnet, the school confirmed. Georgia and Alabama are among the SEC schools that have added LED lighting in recent years. The garnet light option will add a new visual experience for fans at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Updates include plans to expand the main west concourse and install new elevators. The West Main Concourse expansion is expected to cost $2.3 million and will add square footage for future updates such as new concessions, fan room and additional restrooms, according to USC.

Two new 200-level elevators are also added. This project will cost $2.4 million. New ribbon screens are added around the stadium bowl area.

“We have a great home for football, but there are things that can be done to help modernize the stadium to create more excitement and a better experience for the fans,” sporting director Ray Tanner said in the October release when the upgrades were announced.

South Carolina completed four new and renovated club-level lounges at Williams-Brice Stadium in 2020, a $22.5 million premium seating project. This new equipment reduced the stadium’s capacity from 80,250 to 77,559.

USC’s second season of football under head coach Shane Beamer begins Sept. 3 at home against Georgia State.

This story was originally published May 18, 2022 2:03 p.m.

Augusta Stone covers women’s basketball, football and other college sports from the South Carolina Gamecocks for The State. Winner of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Award, Stone’s work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Charlotte Observer. Stone earned a journalism degree from the University of Georgia.

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