COLUMBIA, S.C. — It’s another scorcher in Famously Hot Columbia.
But it hasn’t kept the South Carolina faithful from showing up, to support their Gamecocks. Saturday’s announced attendance was 7,840, which was just a few more than Sunday’s crowd of 7,677.
At first pitch of this weekend’s Super Regional, temperatures touched 94 degrees. On Sunday, 24 hours after Game 1 began, it was 96.
Saturday’s warm weather didn’t keep Justin and Kelsey Kata away from Founders Park. According to The State’s Josh Kendall, the newlywed couple stopped by the stadium after their wedding at St. Joseph’s in Columbia.
Heck of a day for a wedding reception at Columbia Super Regional. pic.twitter.com/QJOMbupX6I
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) June 11, 2016
“My bridal party is awesome for putting up with it,” Kelsey said.
The bride was on the cross country team at South Carolina from 2005-2009. The groom was a swimmer from 2002-2008.
On Sunday, former South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier was shaded from the heat.
Looks like the HBC is in the building for South Carolina's second Super Regional game pic.twitter.com/HTJ8QluFSi
— Hale McGranahan (@Hale_AJC) June 12, 2016
Among the safety precautions taken by the school, discounted bottles of water have been sold at concession stands, in addition to free cups of ice available in the concourse along each baseline.
Every line for cups of ice has 15 or more people waiting. pic.twitter.com/LLlbjeaf1Q
— GoGamecocks.com (@gogamecocks) June 12, 2016
Across town at Spirit Communications Park, home of the New York Mets minor league affiliate, Columbia Fireflies, the fire department is helping fans beat the heat.
The Columbia Fire Department is keeping kids cool at the Fireflies game. pic.twitter.com/HoYMGzLSh1
— Reggie Anderson (@ReggieWLTX) June 12, 2016