Some serious thunderstorms rolled through Columbia on Monday night, and it appears that the Gamecocks have some repairs to do as a result.
According to a report from The State, South Carolina has confirmed that a 29-foot-by-51-foot sign on the exterior of the building was damaged as a result of a lightning strike and the gusting winds that followed.
The school’s sports information office provided the following update, courtesy of The State:
“The sign company concluded that the sign/black lexan material in the block C was hit by lightning and cracked, then the wind blew it out. Still working on a total assessment and plan to replace the material that makes up the face of the sign/Block C.”
The lighted sign which includes the team logo and stadium name was added in 2014 at the cost of $200,000, according to the report.
Images of the damage started floating around the internet during Monday night’s storm.
Lightning hit the Williams-Brice sign and blew a piece of it off! pic.twitter.com/swPJ8t4d7L
— DrinkingTicket ® (@DrinkingTicket) August 2, 2016
— Bull Ward (@BullWard) August 2, 2016
David Caraviello, who covers the Gamecocks for the Charleston Post & Courier, shared a photo of the sign when daylight came on Tuesday to confirm the damage:
— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) August 2, 2016