Live from Lincoln . . . ESPNís College GameDay

By NU Athletic Communications
Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will be on hand in Lincoln for ESPN College GameDay.
Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will be on hand in Lincoln for ESPN College GameDay.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Nebraska fans are encouraged to turn out in large numbers, wear red and be part of ESPN’s College GameDay Built by the Home Depot on Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium.


The production trucks for Saturday’s show are already in place, and part of College GameDay’s advance crew arrived in Lincoln on Wednesday. The show will air on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.


Seating for the show will be in the West Stadium, with gates opening at 7:30 a.m. The first live shots from Lincoln will be during the 8 a.m. SportsCenter.


Fans who plan to attend the show can enter Memorial Stadium through Gates 3, 4, 6, 8 and 10 on the west side of the stadium. Lots around Memorial Stadium will be reserved for those with game parking passes, so fans attending only the ESPN College GameDay should plan on using downtown parking and other lots that do not require permits on game days.


Soda and water will be available for purchase during the show. Fans will be asked to clear the stands at the conclusion of the show at 11 a.m.


College GameDay last appeared at Memorial Stadium during the 2001 season. A College GameDay record of more than 15,000 fans attended the show before the Notre Dame game on Sept. 8. The show was televised before a packed stadium just prior to the Huskers’ 2001 victory over Oklahoma.


An ESPN spokesman confirmed Sunday that its College GameDay Built by The Home Depot crew will visit Lincoln this weekend for Nebraska’s non-conference showdown against top-ranked USC.


College GameDay will originate from inside Memorial Stadium and will be live from Lincoln from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Chris Fowler hosts the show, alongside analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard.


The appearance by College GameDay marks the sixth time the show has visited Lincoln, and the first time since 2001. College GameDay first came to Lincoln for 1994 games against UCLA and Colorado, then returned for Nebraska’s 1998 game with Washington.


In 2001, College GameDay was on hand for Nebraska’s games against Notre Dame and Oklahoma. More than 15,000 fans converged on Memorial Stadium for the College GameDay show against Notre Dame on Sept. 8, 2001, and College GameDay was televised in front of a packed Memorial Stadium just prior to kickoff against Oklahoma in October of 2001.


The visit from College GameDay makes Lincoln the unofficial capital of college football this weekend. In addition to Kirk, Chris and Coach Corso being on hand, ABC will televise the game nationally as part of its Saturday Night Football package, beginning at 7 p.m. CDT. Brent Musburger will handle the play-by-play duties, with Herbstreit providing analysis and Lisa Salters on the sidelines.


Numerous national media outlets are expected to be on hand to cover the game.  Among them are writers from,,, The Sporting News, New York Times, Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.


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