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ESPN’s College GameDay Crew Arrives In Happy Valley

They’re back in our city borough, folks.

Trucks from ESPN’s College GameDay began arriving at Penn State Wednesday afternoon, parking in gravel lots near Medlar Field and Beaver Stadium.

For the fourth year in a row, College GameDay will broadcast from Happy Valley ahead of No. 18 Penn State football’s clash with No. 3 Ohio State. This time, though, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, and the rest of the gang will bring the show to you live from Beaver Stadium rather than Old Main Lawn or the HUB Lawn.

In its previous visits, GameDay arrived on Wednesday and began setting up overnight before building the set Thursday. Currently, it’s unclear how this week’s gloomy forecast will affect construction.

According to AccuWeather, State College could receive nearly 1.2 inches of rain Thursday thanks to heavy precipitation from Tropical Rainstorm Zeta’s remnants.

Fans and students won’t be allowed to hang around the set due to coronavirus mitigation protocols. However, they can register online to join GameDay’s virtual pit and share their homemade signs using #GameDaySigns to potentially be featured on TV and social media.

The pregame show will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, and air until noon. GameDay always culminates with the great Lee Corso making his pick for the featured game by whipping out the headgear of who he thinks will win, and he’s picked Penn State during each of the crew’s last three visits.

This weekend will be Penn State’s 22nd overall appearance on the show and its ninth time hosting.

The Nittany Lions (0-1) will kick off against the Buckeyes (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. The matchup will be broadcast nationally on ABC.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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