COLUMBIA, S.C. – Athletics director Ray Tanner told University of South Carolina Board of Trustees on Friday that membership in the Gamecock Club has experienced a slight decline.
However, the booster club’s donation total for the current year is expected to increase.
“We adjusted our Roost membership from $55 to $100 this past year and our numbers are slightly down, but our annual giving is actually up a little bit,” Tanner said. “We’ve been around $14.1, $14.2 million the last few years.
“We’re anticipating that our annual membership will be about $14.5 this year. That membership ends on Jan. 31, so we still have a little bit of time.”
Football season ticket sales are also down from a year ago. As of Thursday, 50,339 season tickets have been sold for the 2016 season. Last year’s season ticket sales totaled 51,110.
Saturday’s home opener against ECU has already been announced as a sell-out and Tanner anticipates sold-out crowds for the Georgia and Tennessee games.
Other items of note from Tanner:
- The new playing surface at Williams-Brice Stadium can handle 7.5 inches of rain per hour. “I feel very comfortable when I tell you that our playing surface is as good as anybody in the country.”
- The Gamecock Park Garnet Society Parking Lot is ready to roll for Saturday’s game. Tanner said there are over $1 million in “cash and pledges” for the 57 parking spaces. The cost of the project was $800,000. “Membership there was a $25,000 gift required, as well as the annual parking fees.”
- Construction on the baseball recruiting lounge will begin “sometime this fall.” It will also include a baseball video media room, “which will also be a room our team can use as a classroom-type setting as well.”
- South Carolina led the 2015-16 SEC first-year Academic Honor Roll for the ninth consecutive year.
Also on Friday afternoon, South Carolina Board of Trustees members voted in approval of Phase II for the football operations facility.