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Columbia, SC (WLTX)-It was a short work day for many carolina fans, including Chris Blanchard.

"I worked for three hours today, so I could get off work to get over here and tailgate."

Blanchard's SUV is painted garnet and black and his attachable Margaritaville Grill matches too.

"My buddy surprised me and painted my car," said Blanchard. "Today I am only tailgating for four hours but I have been tailgating for 15 years now."

The fans wrapped up tailgating early to get in the stadium for a special opening ceremony.

To read about the ceremony honoring former head coach Ray Tanner Click Here.

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