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SEC officials announced the game between South Carolina (2-3, 0-3 SEC) and No. 7 LSU (4-0, 2-0 SEC) will be played in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. They added kickoff has been set for 2:30 p.m. Central on Saturday and the game will be televised on ESPN.
"I appreciate the spirit of cooperation between LSU and South Carolina to make an appropriate adjustment for the game location in this time of difficulty," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a written release Thursday morning. "Our prayers and concerns continue to be with people throughout the entire state of South Carolina whose lives have been dramatically impacted by this devastating weather event."
"After much thought and consideration, and in conjunction with local and state authorities and with our own university administration, we have made the decision to move Saturday's football game to Baton Rouge," University of South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner said Wednesday. "Changing venues on such short notice is no easy task, and I would like to thank LSU President F. King Alexander and athletics director Joe Alleva for their cooperation and flexibility in working with us to change the site for Saturday's football game."
The LSU ticket office reported season ticket holders got the first shot at purchasing tickets Wednesday afternoon. The general public will be allowed to purchase tickets starting Thursday at 6 p.m.
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Mark Ewing, LSU senior associate athletic director, said minus LSU expenses for hosting the game, all ticket sales will be transferred to South Carolina as it is the Gamecocks' home game.
LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said LSU will be in its normal locker room and on its normal sideline. Bonnette also said the Tigers will be sensitive to South Carolina when it comes to "hype videos," etc.
LSU Band Director Roy King says the LSU band is learning South Carolina Gamecocks' alma matter and fight song, and plans to incorporate them into the pregame.
The game was moved due to the flooding around Columbia, SC.
Officials with USC said William-Brice Stadium, where the game was originally scheduled to be played, is in good shape. There were concerns about the safety of fans and the use of resources needed for saving lives and property.