COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) has partnered with University of South Carolina Athletics Department, to make the airport “The Official Airport of the Gamecocks.” The partnership, made through the university’s multimedia rightsholder LEARFIELD’s Gamecock Sports Properties, will be in place for the next three years.

“We are proud to call the Columbia Metropolitan Airport the Official Airport of the Gamecocks,” said Ray Tanner, University of South Carolina Athletics Director. “We appreciate their support as fans make their way to our campus for Gamecock sporting events.”

With state-of-the-art technology throughout the parking garage and terminal, CAE’s number one priority is making air travel as quick and efficient as possible for its passengers. Served by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, CAE gets travelers from around the world to Gamecock Country…with ease. Now offering more than 25 daily flights to 10 major airports in nine cities, getting to Columbia through CAE is now even easier.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with Ray Tanner and the teams at the University of South Carolina,” said Mike Gula, president and CEO of CAE. “Gamecock Athletics and the entire university are a huge tourism driver in the Midlands, and we look forward to continuing to serve fans from all over the country as they make their way to Columbia for game day.”

About the Columbia Metropolitan Airport:
Now providing 26+ daily flights with nonstop service to 10 major airports in nine cities including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, *Miami (*Seasonal service now operating through September 2, 2023). New York City (LGA), Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. (Dulles and Reagan National), Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE), a two-time Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accredited facility, continues to be a major economic driver for the Midlands region. Welcoming over 1 million passengers in 2022, CAE is served by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines and serves as a regional cargo hub for UPS. CAE is also served by FedEx. Want to save money the next time you park at the airport? Pre-book your parking, park and save on the spot by visiting For additional more information about CAE in general, please visit

About South Carolina Athletics
The University of South Carolina (USC), located in the capital city of Columbia, was established in 1801 and is a full-service, state-supported research university that includes the 358-acre Columbia campus and seven regional campuses with a total full-time student body population of more than 46,000 and 2,100 full-time faculty members. USC’s athletic teams have been known as the Gamecocks for more than 100 years.  More than 530 student-athletes participate in one of USC’s 21 intercollegiate athletic programs, which includes nine men’s and 12 women’s sports.  Since 2015-16, South Carolina’s athletics department has averaged a Top 30 finish in the Learfield Directors’ Cup All-Sports Standings, measuring an athletics department’s overall success.  For more information, visit or connect with USC at or

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