Williams-Brice Stadium is only allowed to be about 20% full this season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
But as of Tuesday, South Carolina started selling single-game tickets, something that points to challenges with getting to capacity in these unusual times.
A school news release said fans can buy tickets for the Auburn, Texas A&M and Missouri games, but not Georgia. It comes a few weeks after the school raised the portion of the tickets allocated to students by more than 1,000 for the Tennessee game.
South Carolina’s opener had 15,009 as listed attendance, a few hundred short of a sellout.
In recent seasons, South Carolina’s season ticket base has been around 45,000 or more. The school offered two sets of season tickets this year, one with two games and another with three, hoping to get everyone tickets who wanted them, but it does not appear the demand was enough to fill out the stadium.
In a radio interview, Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner explained the factors for the softer demand included some level of concern about the pandemic as well as fans losing some parts of the gameday experience such as the band and tailgating.
The school sold 2,066 sets of tickets for all five games, plus 8,267 of the Tennessee-A&M-Georgia pack and 4,741 for the Auburn-Missouri pack. No SEC game had more than 16,000 fans in Week 1.
Traditionally, single-game tickets go on sale a few weeks before the start of the season, and season ticket sales continue a few weeks into the season. One of the two season ticket packages, Auburn and Missouri, is still available, starting at $185.
South Carolina’s next home game is Oct. 17 against Auburn at noon.
Lowest ticket prices for each game as of 10:45 a.m. Tuesday:
- Auburn: $125
- Texas A&M: $90
- Missouri: $80
USC 2020 schedule
Sept. 26: L 31-27 to Tennessee
Oct. 3: L 38-24 at Florida
Oct. 10: at Vanderbilt, Noon on SEC Network
Oct. 17: home vs. Auburn
Oct. 24: at LSU
Oct. 31: OPEN
Nov. 7: home vs. Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m., ESPN or SEC Network
Nov. 14: at Ole Miss
Nov. 21: home vs. Missouri
Nov. 28: home vs. Georgia
Dec. 5: at Kentucky