Judge allows suit over Gamecock football parking spaces to go fo - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Judge allows suit over Gamecock football parking spaces to go forward

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A state court judge has denied a motion by the University of South Carolina to dismiss a lawsuit brought by five Gamecock supporters relating to reassignment of parking spaces for the 2012 football season.

The suit claims that promises made about parking spaces decades ago are no longer being kept.

Judge George C. James ruled the complaint adequately set forth a cause of action and the plaintiffs were entitled to go forward with the lawsuit.

"We are very pleased that the judge denied the motion by the Gamecock Club and university to dismiss out clients' claims," said attorney Julius W. Babb, IV, who represents the plaintiffs "Our clients look forward to going forward and protecting a valued right which either they or their family member secured for them by spending large sums of money to support their Gamecocks at a time when the football program was really struggling. It is not fair for their priority parking to now be pushed down the line."

A parking spot next to the Cockabooses has been in Bubba Hope's family for the last 26 years.

"It's extremely close to the stadium," Hope said. "You don't have to walk far when the crowds come into the stadium. You see everyone you know. It's just a festive atmosphere."

In May of 1986, Hope's father paid $25,000 to become a lifetime member of the Gamecock Club and got a variety of perks, including that space.

"Over time, our rights have been eroded to a point we just can't stand it anymore," Hope said.

The membership used to include free assigned parking, first priority for football, basketball, baseball tickets and bowl games. Now, Hope says they have to pay a fee for many of those perks. That's why his family is suing the club.

"They've taken us from being the top dogs to saying, 'Well, you're not top dog anymore,'" Hope said.

Lifetime membership was only offered from the mid-80's to the early 90's. Now there are different tiers of membership and Hope says some of the newer donors are getting priority over what he was promised

"We put up the money in good faith in 1986 and we want them to honor this contract."

Hope says things changed in 2007 when the club started charging for parking spaces and seats and he says he lost his priority.

"You can't arbitrarily decide, we're not going to honor that contract. They've already had a great deal. Let's just do what we want to and that's what the university is doing," said Hope.

Hope's father passed away earlier this year and left the membership to his family. Hope says it's not really about a parking space or tickets -- it's about making lifetime benefits last a lifetime.

"We support the university and always have," Hope said. "We love the football, basketball and we love being a part of Gamecock nation."

The Gamecock Club would not comment on record about the lawsuit.

A separate lawsuit was recently settled over a similar parking issue and there are several pending lawsuits against the Gamecock Club.

Copyright 2012 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

    Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 12:12 AM EDT2017-09-19 04:12:30 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 10:39 AM EDT2017-09-20 14:39:49 GMT

    Hurricane Maria threatens Caribbean islands already wrecked by Hurricane Irma and holds the chance of a direct hit on Puerto Rico.

    Hurricane Maria threatens Caribbean islands already wrecked by Hurricane Irma and holds the chance of a direct hit on Puerto Rico.

  • Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake kills 225

    Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake kills 225

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 2:33 AM EDT2017-09-20 06:33:01 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 10:39 AM EDT2017-09-20 14:39:29 GMT

    The earthquake struck on the 32nd anniversary of a 1985 temblor that killed thousands and came just two hours after earthquake drills were held across Mexico to mark the date.

    The earthquake struck on the 32nd anniversary of a 1985 temblor that killed thousands and came just two hours after earthquake drills were held across Mexico to mark the date.

  • Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

    Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 3:55 AM EDT2017-09-20 07:55:20 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 10:37 AM EDT2017-09-20 14:37:13 GMT

    Hurricane Maria ties for the eighth strongest storm in Atlantic history, when measured by wind speed. 

    Hurricane Maria ties for the eighth strongest storm in Atlantic history, when measured by wind speed. 

  • SEC FootballSEC CoverageMore>>

  • INSIDE THE 10: former USC, Patriots defensive star Rick Sanford and USC beat writer David Cloninger join us at 1801 Grille

    INSIDE THE 10: former USC, Patriots defensive star Rick Sanford and USC beat writer David Cloninger join us at 1801 Grille

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 6:27 PM EDT2017-09-19 22:27:28 GMT

    WIS is launching a new sports talk show on Facebook Live! Every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Rick Henry, Emery Glover and their special guests will get together at 1801 Grille in downtown Columbia for thirty minutes of spirited college football talk on Facebook Live. 

    WIS is launching a new sports talk show on Facebook Live! Every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Rick Henry, Emery Glover and their special guests will get together at 1801 Grille in downtown Columbia for thirty minutes of spirited college football talk on Facebook Live. 

  • Mississippi State trio earns SEC weekly honors

    Mississippi State trio earns SEC weekly honors

    Monday, September 18 2017 12:25 PM EDT2017-09-18 16:25:48 GMT
    WLBTWLBT

    Junior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald earned Offensive Player of the Week, sophomore Darryl Williams picked up Offensive Lineman of the Week and sophomore Jeffery Simmons was named Defensive Lineman of the Week after leading MSU to a 37-30 victory over #11 LSU.

    Junior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald earned Offensive Player of the Week, sophomore Darryl Williams picked up Offensive Lineman of the Week and sophomore Jeffery Simmons was named Defensive Lineman of the Week after leading MSU to a 37-30 victory over #11 LSU.

  • Fitzgerald has 4 TDs as MSU routs #11 LSU 37-7

    Fitzgerald has 4 TDs as MSU routs #11 LSU 37-7

    Sunday, September 17 2017 12:10 PM EDT2017-09-17 16:10:29 GMT

    Mississippi State beats LSU 37-7.  Click on the video above for highlights.  Copyright 2017 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

    Mississippi State beats LSU 37-7.  Click on the video above for highlights.  Copyright 2017 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly