Penn State football announced Monday night that College GameDay’s return to Happy Valley will air from Old Main Lawn on Saturday morning.
Just in: ESPN's @CollegeGameDay is set for the Old Main lawn on Saturday. See you there!
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) October 16, 2017
“Over the last two days we have worked with ESPN to finalize a set location and are excited to announce the show will originate on the lawn of our iconic Old Main, which we think will make for a memorable setting for everyone who attends and the ESPN audience,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said.
No vehicles other than the campus shuttle will be permitted on Pollock Road after 8 p.m. on Wednesday night to accommodate for production vehicles. The Pugh/Henderson Mall sidewalk will close on Thursday until the set is finished and will close again on Saturday after the show ends at noon.
The show begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Fans can start lining up to gain access to the pit behind the stage at 4 a.m. The pit will open at 6:30 a.m.
College Football Live will air from the set on Friday at 3 p.m. SportsCenter segments throughout Friday and Saturday will also be filmed on the set.
The idea to place the GameDay set was sought after from ESPN, but also has its pros and cons. In all, it will be one of the more iconic locations in GameDay’s history. With Old Main Lawn being a hillside and the crew surely wanting the famed Penn State building in the background, how the event will be set up should be interesting to say the least.