I'm reserving judgement until I get over there, as past experiences keep tainting my perceptions. First off, it won't be the center of the sun hot unless the Mayans are right. That alone will make the experience unique. Second off, they've done some significant improvements to the parking areas. Gone are the muddy wastelandsbarren savaannah open field parking areas surrounded by warehouses. Apparently, they have been beautifying the whole area, although I have to think there are still plenty of warehouses around.
Still, going to Columbia, especially for a night game, should be fun. I'd expect South Carolina fans to be South Carolina fans. Not having been in some time, I'd appreciate any advice as to where to park/tailgate.