The national spotlight will be on the University of Utah on Saturday, Oct. 28, when it hosts ESPN College GameDay in President’s Circle, leading into Utah Football’s MUSS Appreciation game against Oregon at 1:30 p.m. MT on FOX.
The show is returning to Salt Lake City for the fifth time in school history (2004 vs. BYU, 2010 vs. TCU, 2015 vs. California, 2016 vs. Washington) and is set to showcase a top-25 matchup with the Utes and the Ducks battling it out in what is set to be the 81st straight sellout in Rice-Eccles Stadium.
The ESPN College GameDay set will be planted in the heart of campus, located on President’s Circle off University St. with the show going live from 7-10 a.m. MT on Saturday. The stage will be located on the lawn facing east, while Utah fans will gather behind the set with the Park Building in the background with admission to the set on Friday and Saturday being free.
On Friday, Oct. 27, fans will have the opportunity to welcome the College GameDay crew to Salt Lake City with ESPN airing shows live from President’s Circle. Fans can watch The Pat McAfee Show (10 a.m.-1:15 p.m. MT) and College Football Live (1:30-2 p.m.), with possible live hits from the set during the 3 p.m. MT SportsCenter show.
ESPN will air multiple segments on Saturday, Oct. 28, starting at 5:45 a.m. MT on SportsCenter, then going live for ESPN College GameDay at 7 a.m. MT.
- Fans are encouraged to arrive early and be in place before 5:45 a.m. to show the energy and excitement of the crowd when the first live hit goes on the air. See the parking map at the link above, or use TRAX public transportation, to plan your arrival.
- Students who wish to camp overnight to be on-site for the first-come, first-served entry process into The Pit on Saturday morning may begin lining up on Friday at 6 p.m. MT. At 4:45 a.m. Saturday the screening and entry process into The Pit will begin. Specific information on this opportunity will be communicated directly to University of Utah students this week.
- In addition, both the Guardsman Way tailgate lot and East Signature lot will open early this week, at 8 p.m. on Friday for those with tailgate lot passes. Overnight parking will be allowed in a pass-holder’s designated spot to provide easy access to go and experience the live viewing of College GameDay in President’s Circle early Saturday morning.
CALLING ALL STUDENTS!
Starting at 6 p.m. MT on Friday, Oct. 27, students can begin lining up at President’s Circle to start the queuing process for entry into The Pit on Saturday morning. Students will be able to access The Pit based on when they enter the queue. University of Utah students will be allowed to camp at President’s Circle on Friday evening, and all tents and equipment need to be cleaned up by 4:30 a.m. MT Saturday, in advance of the entry process to The Pit. Any items left in the camping area after 4:30 a.m. will be collected and thrown away.
Students already in the queue can start lining up for entry into The Pit for the show early Saturday morning at 4:30 a.m. Before entering The Pit, participants will be screened by security. Items prohibited in the pit included bags of any kind, food, drinks, pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards or any signs on sticks.
One of the most beloved traditions with College GameDay is the making of signs. Fans are asked to keep signs appropriate with no vulgar language. For fans entering the pit, signs can’t be on poles or oversized. All signs brought in to Saturday’s taping will be inspected before entry and must abide by the sign policies that ESPN has put in place.
Original article courtesy of Utah Athletics can be found here.