South Carolina will begin its 2018 season with three home games in a row. The Gamecocks will play all three on new turf, as the school is currently replacing the old surface after a Jay-Z and Beyonce concert.
The show was held last Tuesday. Today, the school will install more than 90,000 square feet of Bermuda grass trucked in from Georgia, according to ESPN.
The cost of the project is said to be between $150,000 and $200,000, and has been covered by the concert promoters. The field is slated to be ready for the season opener this weekend.
According to ESPN, it sounds like this was a scenario that South Carolina was prepared for.
South Carolina had planned for the possibility of such a changeout when Williams-Brice Stadium was picked as a stop for Jay-Z and Beyonce's tour about 18 months ago, athletic director Ray Tanner said.
Concert crews needed about a week to set up the massive stage used for Tuesday night's show. Coach Will Muschamp and his players were among the 40,000 or so who attended.
A hard cover was put over the field to protect it from wear and tear caused by construction of the stage and concertgoers. But when the cover was removed, it was clear the grass had died and needed to be replaced, Cox said.
The Gamecocks open up the 2018 season at home against Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
They will also play Georgia at home on Sept. 8 and Marshall at home on Sept. 15.