ESPN’s College GameDay, the popular Saturday morning pre-game show during college football season, is headed to New York City for the first time this Saturday, Sept. 23.
The show will broadcast live from Times Square between 43rd and 44th St. along Seventh Avenue. NYC will mark the show’s 81st location in its 25 years of road shows. The seven-time Emmy Award-winning program will air in its traditional timeslot, from 9 a.m. to noon ET, on ESPN and stream on the ESPN App.
“New York City is a melting pot of college football fans and the heartbeat of America,” said ESPN vice president of production Lee Fitting. “Thousands of alumni gather in the city each fall Saturday to root on their school and we are bringing College GameDay to New York for them! We want every alumni base and college football fan near and far to join us in Times Square to provide the celebratory, festive atmosphere that is synonymous with the show.”
College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit added, “This is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, for us and the fans. With iconic Times Square as the backdrop and alumni bases from all over the country making their presence known in the crowd, my expectation is that it will be one of the top College GameDay settings of all time. We can’t wait to bring the show to the Big Apple!”
As tradition with the College GameDay experience, ESPN’s presence will begin the Friday before the show, with a special airing of College Football Live from Times Square. Additionally, ESPN’s GameDay personalities will appear on various other ESPN shows throughout the day from New York City.
All of the familiar faces that fans see every Saturday morning will be in attendance – Davis, Herbstreit, analysts Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and reporter Maria Taylor. Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica will be on stage, providing his unique perspective on the day’s games. Jen Lada, Tom Rinaldi, and Gene Wojciechowski, are all expected to contribute to GameDay’s week 4 show.
The set will be constructed starting late on Thursday, Sept. 21, and be taken down immediately after the show concludes on Saturday.
“We will celebrate the sport that never sleeps in the city that never sleeps,” said College GameDay host Rece Davis. “College football’s roots and the foundation of what’s become a national phenomenon began in the Northeast. We will pay homage to that tradition, while embracing what makes college football great in New York in 2017 – the fans and alumni bases that gather each week to root on their team in a communal fashion which is most unique to college football.”
Another staple of College GameDay is coming to New York: Coach Corso’s famous headgear selection. The moment which concludes the show each week will occur, with Corso making his 299th all-time headgear selection.