ESPN’S “College Gameday” will be broadcasting Saturday morning from Old Main Lawn in anticipation of the big matchup between PSU and OSU. For those in town and attending the show here are some notes/guidelines to keep in mind:
Pollock Road closed starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday
In order to accommodate the “College GameDay” production vehicles, Pollock Road will be closed between Carnegie Building and McAllister Building beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, through approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday. Beginning Friday night at midnight, this closure will be extended to include all of Pollock Road between Burrowes Road and Shortlidge Road.
In addition, the Pugh/Henderson Mall sidewalk (on East side of Old Main) from Pollock Road to College Avenue will likely be closed starting Wednesday night until the “College GameDay” set is completed on Thursday, as well as on Saturday after the “GameDay” show ends at noon.
Fans can attend ‘College Football Live’ and take photos at replica ‘GameDay’ set Thursday/Friday
“College Football Live” also will originate from the set with Taylor, Howard and Pollack and air Friday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN2. There will also be several segments originating from the set Friday morning and afternoon and early Saturday morning for a variety of ESPN’s shows, including “Get Up!” and “SportsCenter.”
Regulations for fans interested in standing in the ‘GameDay’ ‘pit’
The following regulations will be in place, per ESPN and Penn State, for fans who are interested in standing in the “pit” near the “College GameDay” stage (show is free of charge):
— Fans may begin lining up for access to the pit Saturday at 5:30 a.m. ET, with the pit being open at approximately 6:30 a.m. (no overnight camping).
— Fans entering the pit will be screened by security using metal detection wands.
— No bags, backpacks or purses are permitted.
— No offensive, vulgar, inappropriate or solicitation signage will be allowed (i.e., no political, religious, or .com, .org, .net signage).
— No signs or flags on a stick.
— No pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards.
— No food or drinks.
— Throwing of objects is prohibited.
This is the seventh time (second in a row) “College GameDay” has come to town. “College GameDay” was also in Happy Valley in 1997 (Michigan), 1999 (Arizona), 2005 (Ohio State), 2007 (Ohio State), 2009 (Iowa) and 2017 (Michigan).