In 1889, Wofford defeated Furman in the first college football game played in South Carolina. The Terriers called Snyder Field home until 1996, when they moved to Gibbs Stadium. The NFL's Carolina Panthers have held their training camp at Gibbs for 27 seasons.
In December 1889, Wofford challenged baseball rival Furman to a football match at Spartanburg’s encampment grounds, which were located west of the campus on Howard Street in the Northside. It was the first intercollegiate gridiron contest ever staged in South Carolina. Wofford won the original contest 5-1 and the rematch a month later 2-1. Wofford football played games on Snyder Field until 1996, when they moved to Gibbs Stadium, with a major gift from entrepreneurs and philanthropists Marsha and Jimmy Gibbs, who also has served on the Wofford Board of Trustees. Wofford has become a perennial powerhouse in the Southern Conference and is typically among the best FCS teams in the country each season. Wofford made the move to NCAA Division I competition in 1995.