With the NCAA Football season just around the corner, you would think the South Carolina Gamecocks would be prepared to face any team. But it turns out one weekend before the season began, the team suffered a setback at the hands of just two people—who weren’t even football players.
And that would be superstars Jay-Z and Beyonce who held a concert at the team’s field last week and tore it up so badly that the school is fully replacing its football field less than a week before the season opener.
South Carolina staff will spend today installing more than 90,000 square feet of Bermuda grass that was trucked in from Sugar Hill, Georgia. The field is expected to be ready when South Carolina opens its season by hosting Coastal Carolina this Saturday on September 1st. The Gamecocks also have home games against national runner-up Georgia on Sept. 8 and Marshall on Sept. 15.
“We would not have done this if we believed there was a safety issue,” groundkeeper Carl Cox said. “My job and our entire ground staff’s job, our Number 1 priority in everything we do, is safety and welfare of our student-athletes.”
South Carolina had planned for the possibility of such a changeout when Williams-Brice Stadium was picked as a stop for Jay-Z and Beyonce’s tour about 18 months ago, athletic director Ray Tanner said. Tanner estimated the replacement cost as between $150,000 to $200,000.