The SEC contest Saturday featuring No. 7 LSU and South Carolina has been moved to Baton Rouge, La. because of the flooding that hit the Columbia, S.C. area.
The decision was made Wednesday morning after meetings took place involving both universities, the SEC and local government offices.
Changing the game venue was what’s best for the Columbia community, University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides said.
“Yesterday, we made the extremely difficult decision to cancel classes for the week due to the stress 34,000 students would place on the region’s recovering infrastructure, there is no doubt 85,000 fans would exact the same toll,” Pastides said in a press release.
“In the spirit of supporting our South Carolina community that is so supportive of Gamecock Nation, we have decided to move the game to Baton Rouge. The stress on law enforcement and first responders is too great. Moreover, we’ve had many in the Carolina family directly impacted by the flooding.”
No decisions have been made on the kickoff time yet, as details are being discussed by LSU and SEC officials.
The game was originally scheduled for noon ET.
The South Carolina football team will continue to practice in Columbia, then leave for Baton Rouge Friday.
Echoing the statement from the university’s president, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier explained this move was what’s best for not only the community, but the team too.
“On behalf of the South Carolina football team we want to do the right thing and do what is best for all concerned,” Spurrier said. “It appears the best thing is to travel to LSU. We look forward to the challenge and competing against the Tigers in Baton Rouge on Saturday.”
South Carolina's game against LSU has been moved to Baton Rouge. A kickoff time will be announced later.
— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) October 7, 2015
USC will lose home field advantage and a good bit of money due to the move. Clearly felt it was worth it to do right by the community
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 7, 2015