ESPN’s College GameDay wants to set up shop in front of Old Main for its broadcast next Saturday, and it wants your help.
Lee Fitting, ESPN’s Vice President of College Sports, said in a tweet Saturday night after ESPN announced it will take on week eight in Happy Valley that Old Main is “where [they]want to be.” Fitting was the longtime producer of College GameDay and now has “executive oversight” of the program.
We’d love to be on Old Main Lawn. That’s where we want to be. Just need the town/school to make it happen for us! Help us. https://t.co/xHk4gwOO53
— Lee Fitting (@leefitting) October 15, 2017
Fans (well, those that are happy to see GameDay come to University Park, at least) encouraged and agreed with Fitting — Old Main is, of course, Penn State’s most picturesque landmark. Every other time GameDay has been to Penn State, the crew set up outside the Bryce Jordan Center with Beaver Stadium in the backdrop. Nice, but honestly the west side of Beaver Stadium is a little…piecemeal.
There are a few initial reactions on the logistics of having GameDay set up at Old Main. For one, it’s pretty far from the Stadium — 1.3 miles or about a 25 minute walk according to Google Maps. Also, where would the stage go? In order to get a good shot of Old Main, the stage should be somewhere in the middle of the lawn. Other than the poor grass, it would be a weird angle, especially trying to get the fans in the shot.
Contrarily, Old Main is much closer to where fans would be at 5 a.m. (GameDay doesn’t go live until 9 a.m. but if you want your sign to be front and center you better set some alarms). And I’m sure the downtown bars, restaurants, and clothing shops wouldn’t mind the extra business.
Regardless, if you want to see College GameDay outside Old Main on Saturday — and why wouldn’t you? — tweet @penn_state, @PennStateOPP, @SandyB_PSUAD, @CollegeGameDay, @coachjfranklin, and anyone/everyone else you can think of.