GA Bulldogs Help Boost Economy

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – The local economy could get a boost from the thousands of Georgia Bulldogs fans who have descended on Columbia for the big USC-UGA match-up. At the RV Campground at the South Carolina State Fair, 150 of the motor vehicles are expected to pull up for the weekend.

Gary Goodman with the State Fair, says visiting tailgaters get treated well.

“They’re 200 yards from the stadium, light security, bathrooms. That’s hard to beat,” said Goodman.”

For two nights, visiting RV campers get double the space for the awnings and whatever else like, all for $100. Goodman believes the rental fee, per RV, will also translate into big bucks for Columbia’s economy.

“Not only do they pay rent, on the rent comes the accommodation tax money. They buy food in local restaurants and that’s the hospitality tax. The ripple effect will be great.”

The effect Gamecocks fan, Cheryl Hartness, says she is looking for is a good ol’ fashioned beat-down for the Bulldogs. “Go Gamecocks,” said Hartness.

And it’s the opposite for some ‘Georgia peaches’ who were walking down Main St. Friday afternoon.  “We’re gonna win!”

Monique Williams reports.