ESPN’s College GameDay will return to Louisville for the second time ever Saturday as No. 14 Louisville hosts No. 2 Clemson. As a result of GameDay’s visit, Louisville has announced a “blackout” for fans and the opening kick has been moved from 3:30 p.m. ET to 8 p.m.
GameDay’s return to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium will come almost a year after its first visit. In Week 3 last season, GameDay was broadcast from Louisville, and the Cardinals responded by trouncing Florida State 63-20.
Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal put together a fan guide for College GameDay. Here’s everything you need to know:
What is College GameDay?
College GameDay is ESPN’s weekly college football pregame show. The show is aired from a different location each week to highlight the week’s most compelling college football matchup. According to Greer’s article, this is GameDay’s 31st season and 25th on the road.
GameDay’s hosts — Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, David Pollack and Desmond Howard — have become some of the most recognizable faces in college football media. Each week, the show is capped by the hosts making predictions for the game. A live audience of fans gathered behind the ESPN set is a key component of the show. Fans often bring signs and react to the hosts’ analysis.
When is the show on TV?
College GameDay airs from 9 a.m. to noon ET Saturday on ESPN.
Where will the College GameDay set be located?
Last season, ESPN’s set was located in the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium parking lot. According to the Courier-Journal, this year, to avoid the construction on the north side of the stadium, the set will be located in front of Gravemeyer Hall on Louisville’s campus.
Who can attend the broadcast?
Anyone can attend, though space inside the fan pit located directly behind the ESPN set is limited. Fans generally begin lining up for access to the pit around 4 a.m. ET, with access opening at 5 a.m.
Here are some guidelines, from the Courier-Journal, that Louisville put out for fans last season:
- Fans entering the pit will be checked by a security wand.
No bags, backpacks or purses permitted in the pit.
No offensive, vulgar, inappropriate or solicitation signage will be allowed (i.e., no political, religious, or .com, .org, .net signage).
No signs on a stick.
No pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards.
No food or drinks.
Throwing of objects is prohibited.
Who will be the celebrity guest picker?
Each week, a celebrity with a tie to the host school is invited onto the ESPN set to make predictions for the games. Last year, Louisville’s celebrity guest picker was Laila Ali, daughter of boxer Muhummad Ali.
The Courier-Journal listed Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, actress Jennifer Lawrence and musician Bryson Tiller as possible candidates. Tiller, a Louisville native, is scheduled to play a concert in Louisville Saturday night.