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https://www.postandcourier.com/columbia/business/new-usc-student-housing-being-considered-near-colonial-life-arena/article_8979384a-bfea-11ec-b186-431aa6018fb3.html

Here's a proposed student housing project, steps from the Colonial Life Arena, and near the newly extended Greene St, which will lead to a Riverfront Park (potentially in years to come). USC is really blowing up. It has 36,000 students now, I believe.

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I am hearing a lot of chatter about a transformative project near Williams Brice Stadium. One of my sources has indicated it will be on the portion of the Fairgrounds property that actually represents the midway (not the grassy parking area), and that it essentially will be an athletic and shopping complex like that at Disney. Others have compared it to the Battery entertainment district, surrounding the Braves' suburban ballpark, featuring hotels, residential, restaurants, etc. Does anyone know anything about this? Would love to see some preliminary renderings. I, for one, would not miss the State Fair, at its current location. I'd be delighted to see something of this magnitude take its place.     

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On 9/2/2022 at 6:53 AM, victory said:

I am hearing a lot of chatter about a transformative project near Williams Brice Stadium. One of my sources has indicated it will be on the portion of the Fairgrounds property that actually represents the midway (not the grassy parking area), and that it essentially will be an athletic and shopping complex like that at Disney. Others have compared it to the Battery entertainment district, surrounding the Braves' suburban ballpark, featuring hotels, residential, restaurants, etc. Does anyone know anything about this? Would love to see some preliminary renderings. I, for one, would not miss the State Fair, at its current location. I'd be delighted to see something of this magnitude take its place.     

Heard yesterday this will be a 1 billion dollar investment, to be completed in 4 stages. I hope they announce it soon. I have never been very patient.

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On 9/10/2022 at 11:24 AM, victory said:

Heard yesterday this will be a 1 billion dollar investment, to be completed in 4 stages. I hope they announce it soon. I have never been very patient.

That’s exciting to hear but knowing Columbia I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Do you know who actually owns the fairgrounds?

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1 hour ago, SouthernSkyline said:

That’s exciting to hear but knowing Columbia I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Do you know who actually owns the fairgrounds?

I don't know. Something is afloat. It may not end up being the Fairgrounds, but parcels of surrounding land.  I'll certainly link info about it, when the public announcement is made. I sure hope the deal isn't contingent on the Gamecocks having a good football season. I'm a fan..and a realist. If you hear anything in Charlotte, please share.  

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On 9/10/2022 at 11:24 AM, victory said:

Heard yesterday this will be a 1 billion dollar investment, to be completed in 4 stages. I hope they announce it soon. I have never been very patient.

https://www.batteryatl.com/   More rumblings on a Gamecocks sports message board, with some comparing it to the Battery in Atlanta, or Clark St, outside Wrigley Field in Chicago. Some saying, in addition to hotels, restaurants, bars, etc, there will be a new basketball specific arena, and other sporting venues. One poster said he believed land on both sides of Bluff Rd, from Williams Brice Stadium to I-77, has been/is in the process of being, purchased for this. I love the speculation. 

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Even more gossip around town on the massive redevelopment of the stadium area. In addition to retail, bars, restaurants, hotels, and new sports facilities for every Carolina sports team, a couple of folks say the project would include a new football stadium. Its thought it would be built with a smaller seating capacity, ala an NFL stadium, with nicer amenities than Williams-Brice. Non university sports teams (traveling soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, cheer, etc) would utilize the new facilities year round, for tournaments, and local high schools are thought to also have similar access. I wish they'd go ahead and put out the grand announcement. I can't wait to hear the plan details, and view renderings.

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On 10/20/2022 at 2:39 PM, victory said:

Even more gossip around town on the massive redevelopment of the stadium area. In addition to retail, bars, restaurants, hotels, and new sports facilities for every Carolina sports team, a couple of folks say the project would include a new football stadium. Its thought it would be built with a smaller seating capacity, ala an NFL stadium, with nicer amenities than Williams-Brice. Non university sports teams (traveling soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, cheer, etc) would utilize the new facilities year round, for tournaments, and local high schools are thought to also have similar access. I wish they'd go ahead and put out the grand announcement. I can't wait to hear the plan details, and view renderings.

Interesting. So, like an additional stadium or a replacement for Williams-Brice? 

 

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10 hours ago, Spartan said:

Interesting. So, like an additional stadium or a replacement for Williams-Brice? 

 

Well, that's the big question. A lot of folks have insinuated there will be some type of public announcement this week; in fact the project has been referred to as 11/10. I truly hope we learn something soon.   

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6 hours ago, vicupstate said:

So no 'big announcement'?  It never made a lot of sense to replace the football stadium. 

None yet. Folks believed (myself included ) said announcement might occur on 11/10 (November 10), but it appears "11/10" alluded to a moderator's response the development would be an "eleven out of ten" for the university and city. The State ran an article where they confirmed the state fairgrounds were not being sold, however, in the same article said the university did have a development project in that area. So, it is a real thing, and it will be transformative. The details may or may not include a rebuilding of WB, but it will be big. Recently, some rumors have surfaced that there will be condos and a hotel built into the stadium, where residents/guests, can walk directly to their seats. The Gamecocks nosedive here at the end of the season is unfortunate, although familiar, however, I hope this whole project is not contingent on wins and losses, or else it will never come to fruition.  

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14 hours ago, vicupstate said:

I have heard of condos at facilities like that but a hotel seems odd.  It isn't the best location and while it would be packed during football season, that isn't many weekends. What 6 a year?  

Yeah, six or seven. We'll see. Hoping we don't have to wait too much longer on an announcement. First quarter of 2023 at latest.

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On 11/16/2022 at 4:47 PM, vicupstate said:

I have heard of condos at facilities like that but a hotel seems odd.  It isn't the best location and while it would be packed during football season, that isn't many weekends. What 6 a year?  

Apparently, The East Upper and South Upper decks will be torn down, to make room for whatever bells and whistles (new stadium seating, hotel and/or condos, etc) are coming. This was made public by one of the Gamecock sports message boards' moderators, recently. The "bells and whistles" have not been announced, but there are plenty of rumors.

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Wow are ticket sales really that bad? Didn't we sell out pretty much every game this year? If they're looking at modifications that extensive then I would want to see additional normal-fan seating replace the ramps to create a U or something. Get ready for the fanbase to lose its mind - especially if they don't roll it out well.

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