South Carolina plans for full capacity, tailgating for football season

South Carolina is opening to full capacity at Williams-Brice Stadium next football season.

The school's athletic department said Wednesday it plans for 100% capacity in the fall, including traditional tailgating in areas around the 77,559-seat facility. Masks will not be required for entrance going forward.

The school limited attendance last season to about 20,000 fans per game due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing were required for entrance. But athletic director Ray Tanner said Wednesday those attending football games next season can "enjoy all of the game day traditions as in previous years."

South Carolina opens the season Sept. 4 against Eastern Illinois.