Gamecock fans ready for kickoff

COLUMBIA (WACH) - Around 10:30 Thursday morning, Gamecock fans prove it's never too early to get a football party started.

Tailgate tents were popping up and grills were getting fired up to prep for the celebration.

And these fans aren't ones to let a little thing called work get in the way of a good time.

"I took my last two days of vacation to come down here." said one tailgater.

That dedication makes Gamecocks known as being fans unlike any other.

"These are the best fans in the country. They're die hard fans. Even when we had losing schedules, th ey still supported us. So now...we winning." says another Gamecock fan.

"You become like a family. It's not only like sports. It's about the people." says Mr. Bill, a 30 year Gamecock tailgate veteran.