COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of the kickoff between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)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.
TORONTO – Indigo Books & Music Inc. (TSX:IDG) tightened losses by more than 35 per cent in the first quarter as it further grew its general merchandise business.The Toronto-based retailer, which has been putting more emphasis on stationary and home decor items, reported a net loss of $9 million for the quarter ended June 27, or 35 cents per share.That compared to a loss of $14 million, or 55 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.Overall, revenue climbed to $189.4 million from $180.8 million in the same period of last year.About 66 per cent of sales came from books and other print products like magazines and newspapers, while nearly 31 per cent was from its general merchandise, which includes its lifestyle, paper and toys business.Online sales through the Indigo website grew 18.2 per cent to $24 million in the period.Chief executive Heather Reisman said in a statement that the improvement confirms that the company’s strategy is moving in the right direction.Indigo Books & Music operates 90 large format stores under the Chapters and Indigo banners, as well as 126 smaller locations with names like Coles, Indigospirit and SmithBooks. During the quarter it closed one large format location and one of its smaller stores. Indigo narrows first-quarter loss as its general merchandise sales grow by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2015 3:20 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email