This weekend, ESPN College GameDay will be heading to Louisville for an ACC clash between the No. 14 Cardinals and defending national champion Clemson Tigers, ranked No. 3 in the nation.
But next weekend, the top pre-game show in the country will be heading to the Big Apple.
On Thursday morning, ESPN announced College GameDay will be heading to Times Square in New York City for the first time ever on Saturday, Sept. 23.
“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,” host Kirk Herbstreit said.
The three-hour show will run from 9:00 a.m. ET to 12:00 p.m. ET.
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“New York City is a melting pot of college football fans and the heartbeat of America,” said ESPN vice president of production Lee Fitting in a statement.
“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.”
While in New York City, College GameDay — which will set up its set between 43rd and 44th Street — will pay tribute to New York history and modern day culture.
“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.”
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