Time to get fired up, South Carolina. Literally.
Yes, Gamecocks players and coaches entering the field to the “2001: A Space Odyssey” theme song already is amazing. But on Tuesday, South Carolina announced that some heat will be added to the experience. You’ll love this, Gamecocks fans.
Here’s more from the school’s release:
New this season will be four flame units, with each unit producing flames in excess of 20 feet, and eight Co2 jets that will create plumes of `smoke’ between 20-25 feet long, according to Eric Nichols, South Carolina Senior Associate AD/Marketing & Branding. The flame units will be fired as the team enters the field to the traditional “2001: A Space Odyssey” theme that has become synonymous with Gamecock Football. “We believe this will be the most explosive team entrance in college football,” said Nichols.
Super cool, er, hot, right?
Justin Pruett, show producer for Pyrotecnico FX, added in the release that South Carolina “is the only NCAA team currently utilizing these effects for football games on this scale.” About 200 hours were dedicated to the design, building and testing of the on-field towers, per Pruett.
Here’s hoping everyone stays safe with this awesome feature. You can check out what the entrance will look like in the clip below released by South Carolina.