“Free” tickets to Gamecock football game intended only for community groups, military

The athletics department says it didn’t mean for the link to go public for individual fans

“Free” tickets to Gamecock football game intended only for community groups, military
The South Carolina football team enters to 2001 before the Tennessee game in Columbia, S.C. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA) (Source: Travis Bell)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Gamecock athletics department says a link to claim free tickets to Saturday’s South Carolina-Akron football game was meant only for community groups and military personnel, despite fans' ability to claim tickets for personal use.

In a statement obtained Thursday, USC Athletics said, “The Athletics Department, in an effort to increase attendance and give our football team a more memorable experience in their final home game of the season, sent a link for complimentary upper deck tickets to various community groups and military personnel intended for their use only. The Athletics Department hopes that our fans respect the intention of the offer of complimentary tickets to community groups and the military. Tickets are on sale at the Gamecock Athletics Ticket Office.”

The athletic department says fans who already claimed those free tickets will be able to use them.

“We hope they do,” said director of athletics media relations Steve Fink.

In a previous version of this story, WMBF News posted a story with the link to those free tickets.

The South Carolina Gamecocks (6-5) face the Akron Zips (4-7) at 12 p.m. Saturday.

This game was added to the schedule after the Sept. 15 game against Marshall was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. The school didn’t finalize the game against the Zips until earlier this month.

Copyright 2018 WMBF. All rights reserved.