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ESPN College GameDay- logistics behind choosing a site

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I'm hearing a lot of fan excitement about ESPN College GameDay coming to Columbia this Saturday for the game vs. #1 Alabama and we are definitely hoping to see a large and pumped up Gamecock crowd out on the Horseshoe! College GameDay viewers know all about the signs, the cheerleaders, the commentators, etc. What a lot of fans don't get to see is the operations logistics behind the production of the popular national pre-game show and I'll be bringing you some of that this week on the Spurs Up Blog.

A lot of issues come into play as athletics administrators and university officials must make a lot of big decisions in a very short period of time, including where the show will be set up. ESPN College GameDay has a footprint of approximately 10,000 sq ft. The production also has significant electrical power and communications needs the location has to be able to support.

In years past when GameDay has visited we have used an area of the Fairgrounds. However this year, set-up has already begun for the SC State Fair (Oct.13th-24th) and doesn't leave a large enough space for GameDay. After a planning meeting Monday morning involving several university departments, South Carolina officials presented ESPN with a few new location options to consider in making their site decision with our top choice being the Horseshoe. After viewing the location options yesterday and considering the logistics of each, ESPN agreed and selected the Horseshoe. GameDay broadcasting from the Horseshoe is a great opportunity to showcase the most beautiful and historic part of South Carolina's campus to the rest of the nation for the first time.

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Stay tuned to the Football Gameday page on and the Spurs Up Blog all week for information about coming out to ESPN College GameDay on Saturday morning!

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