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Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC; site of the Eastern Carolina vs. South Carolina game
This is the other USC, or as they would say in Columbia, South Carolina, this is THE USC.
Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks have a good chance of getting to the SEC Championship game again this year after an embarrassment by the Auburn Tigers last year, but their No. 12 preseason ranking bodes well for the Gamecocks.
East Carolina is a bit of an unknown this year, coming off a disappointing 6-7 season in 2010. But, they’ve got a returning quarterback in Dominique Davis who threw for 3,967 yards, 37 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last year.
ECU fans are hoping he’s matured enough to carry on the tradition of beating South Carolina since the Pirates have won 2 of the last 3 contests.
Oh yes, tailgating. The battle of the Carolinas is being played in Charlotte, NC and not Columbia, SC where some unique tailgating goes on.
You can bet the Gamecocks and the Pirates will bring the party with them, because it’s the people that make it.
So, this will be a 2-college tailgating party, doubling the fun; just do it separately.
And, this is a city tailgate party, unlike that of the pastoral college campuses where there is plenty of room for your RV.
Around the Bank of America Stadium, you’re lucky if all the cars will fit. But, a little imagination and a friend in Charlotte to show you how it’s done is a good idea for both schools.
Get some advice from a Carolina Panthers’ fan. It’s a different proposition, but it really shouldn’t matter to the serious fan and tailgater.
In Charlotte, most do their tailgating in parking garages nearby, or at hotels like the Westin or others around the stadium.
There are also several sponsored events, like the Battle of the Carolinas Tailgate Party that benefits the Back to Life Foundation. Its only 2 blocks from the stadium with a cash bar, ice cold beer, package prices and food from Wild Wing Cafe.
There are several others, so it would be a good idea to search the web using the words, “tailgating in Charlotte for East Carolina vs. South Carolina.” That’s the one that worked for me.