Columbia, SC (WSPA) – University of South Carolina SC Athletic Director Ray Tanner said Tuesday that planning for Saturday’s home game against #7 Louisiana State University (LSU) is fluid and “it’s not 100 percent certain we’ll have a game at Williams-Brice Stadium.”
“Our intentions are we’ll have the game here in Columbia, but it’s not a definite. We’ll continue to monitor it,” Tanner added, referring to all of the aspects that go into staging such an event.
“We’ll consider, hopefully, within 24 to 36 hours as to whether or not we will play here,” Tanner said. “A lot of people at the university level are involved in what we’re doing. There’s constant dialogue, the SEC office is involved as well.”
Tanner noted that logistical concerns such as highways access, the stadium water situation, first responders, South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers and other police they use around the Midlands for such an event.
Tanner said there have been “lots of discussions in the past few hours about possibly moving the game to another city.” He added that more than one city is being considered and that the possibility of moving the game to LSU is not out of the realm of possibility.
Although Tanner wasn’t specific about other possible locations other than LSU, it should be noted that the Carolina Panthers have an open date this week so Charlotte’s Bank Of America Stadium would likely be a possibility. USC opened its season there against North Carolina.
Tanner added that field conditions at Williams-Brice Stadium are good despite the heavy rain.
USC’s players are focused only on football this week as classes have been canceled through Friday.