South Carolina approved for 20,000 fans at home games

South Carolina has been approved by the state to permit 20,000 fans at football games this fall, about a quarter of capacity at Williams-Brice Stadium.

The athletic department announced the approval for its fall venues, including the football stadium, which has a listed seating capacity of 80,250.

The Gamecocks open the season at home against Tennessee on Sept. 26.

The athletic department said it will follow SEC guidelines for health and safety, including wearing a face covering at all South Carolina venues. The department said it will discourage tailgating and prohibit the use of tents at athletic events.