My Carolina announces Brad Paisley concert details

Alumni, students and fans of the University of South Carolina will have the opportunity to see country music star Brad Paisley perform Oct. 16, as part of My Carolina Alumni Association’s homecoming activities and grand opening for the university’s new Alumni Center.

The street party and concert will take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in front of the university’s Alumni Center on Senate Street. The center is across from the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center at Senate and Lincoln streets in the Vista. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m.

Part of Paisley’s Country Nation College Tour, the concert will feature Eric Paslay at 7:30 p.m. before Paisley takes the stage at 8:20 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the event.

My Carolina Alumni Association members who register to attend the Welcome Home Party, which precedes the concert from 5 to 7 p.m., will receive wristbands to watch the concert from preferred members-only viewing areas. Students who are members of My Carolina Student Network also will receive wristbands for general access to the concert if they register during the designated times. Other UofSC alumni and fans can enter to win several thousand free, general access wristbands to the concert.

Anyone attending the street party and concert must have a wristband. To attend and receive a wristband, alumni, students and others must apply online at The application process for the giveaway will go live at 10 a.m. Monday (Sept. 28) and will continue through 5 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 30). People receiving a wristband to the street party and concert will be sent an email confirmation by Friday (Oct. 2(.

Tickets to the Welcome Home Party for My Carolina members cost $10 for life members and $15 for annual members. It is one of many events planned to celebrate the grand opening of the university’s new Alumni Center.

The grand opening ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 15, featuring university President Harris Pastides and alumni officials who will dedicate the Alumni Center. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will feature a surprise finale with Cocky.

On Oct. 16, My Carolina will host its annual Homecoming Tailgate Party three hours prior to kickoff of the South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt football game. Held in Gamecock Park near the stadium, the tailgate is for UofSC alumni, fans and friends. Ticket information for the tailgate and other events is available on the My Carolina website.

Tours of the center for alumni and the public will be offered Oct. 15 after the grand opening ceremony, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oct. 16, and 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Oct. 18.

For more information about My Carolina Alumni Association’s grand opening and homecoming events, contact My Carolina at 803-777-4111, toll-free at 800-476-8752 or via email.    

About the University of South Carolina Alumni Center

Since its establishment more than 170 years ago, My Carolina Alumni Association has never played a more critical role in the life of the University of South Carolina than it does today. The university’s Alumni Center, completed in summer 2015, features 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space that supports learning outside the classroom and serves as a place to celebrate life’s milestones and a home for alumni engagement. Created by alumni for alumni, the $26-million center is privately funded. The Alumni Center’s exterior connects campus to the Vista through the red brick, columns, lanterns and wrought iron that are reminiscent of the historic Horseshoe. Throughout the building is innovative technology that tells the university’s story of academic and research excellence, superior student experience and successful alumni whose contributions are improving communities locally and globally. 

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