One of Gamecock football's newest traditions, "Sandstorm," has quickly become a fan favorite. The Finnish techno beat started to catch on at Williams-Brice Stadium in the 2000s and has quickly become a critical part of game day. Fans jump up and down to the beat while waving their rally towels and chanting "USC" before kickoffs and during moments of peak intensity in the game. It's a sure-fire way to make the crowd part of the game itself.
There's a reason South Carolina football's entrance is ranked among the best in the nation. It is a battle not to get chills as the soundtrack from "2001: A Space Odyssey" builds within Willy-B along with the energy of the crowd. The whole performance crescendos as our beloved mascot, Cocky, makes his grand entrance and the team runs onto the field.
This season, fans will have a new aspect of this time-honored tradition to enjoy: Pyrotechnics that shoot 20-foot flames have been added to the grand opening.
The Alma Mater
No matter the score, Gamecocks always end football games by coming together to sing the university's alma mater, "We Hail Thee Carolina." The coaches and players gather in the east end zone in front of the student section as fans in the stands put their arms around each other. Together, the crowd sways in time and sings along. The tradition culminates with the song's final line, "Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!" Students and alumni raise their right hand as if offering a toast to the university.
The Mighty Sound of the Southeast
From pre-game to post-game, the Carolina Band can bring you to your feet — win or lose. Their pregame show features class melodies, such as the university's old fight song, and they bring you a unique halftime show every game. They also help keep the crowd hyped throughout the game with spirit chants and songs from the stands. Make sure to play close attention so you can catch on to which chants go with each down on both offense and defense.
And a secret only true Gamecocks know is to stay in the stadium until other fans have left to see the band's real closing performance. They play out the last stragglers with a rendition of "Amazing Grace" and a final singing of the alma mater, "We Hail Thee Carolina."