S.C. Football Guide: Wofford Terriers

By:Bob Gillespie


A small-college powerhouse with an academic record boasting cumulative SAT scores higher than its enrollment, Wofford College joined the Southern Conference in 1996-97, has won five conference titles and regularly participates in the NCAA Division I-AA/FCS playoffs. The Terriers under longtime coach Mike Ayers played an “old-fashioned” wishbone option offense, stressing a hard-nosed running game. Josh Conklin succeeded Ayers before the 2018 season.

Gibbs Stadium, a 13,000-seat showplace, is nestled in the middle of the cozy campus, and a tie-in with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers has provided for first-class facilities. Strolling through the beautiful Spartanburg campus to the stadium is a nostalgic treat.

How to enjoy a Terriers football weekend, inside or outside the stadium:

Getting tickets – Tickets are generally available for Wofford home games via the school’s ticket office, or via StubHub.

Where to eat before the game – Cribbs Kitchen on Main is a fan favorite for breakfast or lunch, while Ike’s Korner Grill is the spot to go for hamburgers. PGA TOUR player and Wofford grad William McGirt is partial to Wade's, a meat-and-three restaurant founded in 1947.

Where to celebrate after the game – Freight Yard Pub offers a changing selection of 14 taps and bottled beers, along with a full menu sure to please hungry Terriers fans. For scenic rooftop views of downtown Spartanburg, try Level 10.

Where to buy Wofford gear – Load up on black-and-gold Terrier gear at the Wofford Bookstore or the Wofford College Terriers Fan Store.

Where to tailgate with Terriers fans – A large choice of on-campus parking lots surrounding Gibbs Stadium are open for visitors on a first-come basis.

Where to purchase your tailgate fare – Ingles Market has three Spartanburg locations, the closest two on E. Main Street and S. Pine Street. Monster Subs on Blackstock Road is popular with deli-food fans.

Best Wofford game-day rituals – The most ardent Wofford fans have their own special tailgating spot: the Verandah Lot overlooking the south end zone. It’s a great place to mingle with hardcore Terriers faithful.

What they’re singing or dancing to – The school has no marching band for football. For basketball games, fans enjoy the Wofford College Thundering Terriers Pep Band.

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