CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - University of South Carolina officials have reached out to the Carolina Panthers about the possibility of moving Saturday's scheduled football game to Charlotte in the wake of severe flooding in South Carolina, the Charlotte Observer is reporting.
Tuesday, University of South Carolina (USC) Athletics Director Ray Tanner said USC's scheduled game against Louisiana State University (LSU) may not happen at Williams-Brice Stadium.
According to Tanner, the University is still not 100 percent sure about hosting the game and a decision could be made within the next 24 to 36 hours.
Portions of Columbia have seen more than 20 inches of rain in the past several days, resulting in heavy flooding through the area.
Tanner says Williams-Brice Stadium, where the Gamecocks play, and surrounding areas weathered the storm without major damage. The field is in good shape, Tanner said.
But damaged roads, the city's water service and availability of police and first responders Saturday could make hosting a game difficult.
The Panthers have a bye this week and don't play at home again until Oct. 25 against Philadelphia.
But there are obstacles to moving the game to Charlotte, according to the Charlotte Observer, including a scarcity of hotel rooms in the area because of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Panthers have typically had byes or road games during the weekend of Charlotte's fall Sprint Cup race.
According to the Observer, the Panthers recently re-seeded the stadium grass, so that also could be a potential stumbling block.
Multiple sources say South Carolina is weighing another option of playing the game in Baton Rouge, but the Gamecocks' first preference would be to play at home.
Kickoff is scheduled for noon Saturday.
"Our intentions are to stay on schedule and play here in Columbia, but it's not a definite," Tanner said.
The Gamecocks opened the season Sept. 3 with a win against North Carolina at Bank of America Stadium.