Life on the Cockabooses

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Every school in the SEC has its own unique flavor when it comes to tailgating.

But trust me when I tell you they do it up right at South Carolina.

Right behind the south end zone stands at Williams-Brice Stadium sits the South Carolina Railroad, better known around here as the Cockabooses. They're 21 real cabooses that have been renovated to the hilt.

They go for upward of $200,000 and are used seven times a year ... or however many home games the Gamecocks have that season.

They sit where an old set of train tracks used to run right behind the stadium, and the beauty of it is that you're about 200 yards from the stadium. Each Cockaboose has a big deck up on top where fans grill out, party, listen to music and watch other games.

You might even hear a few rooster calls.

What a life.