ESPN rolled onto the University of Notre Dame’s campus Wednesday night, and they have been busy setting up for this Saturday’s College Gameday show. Coming up this weekend Notre Dame will play Stanford in a top-20 college football match up.
About thirty crew members will spend an estimated fifteen hours building the Gameday stage and set, and putting up cameras between Notre Dame Stadium and the Hesburgh Library.
The Gameday anchors and even more crew members are flying into town Thursday and Friday, with nearly 100 out-of-town workers giving the local economy a big boost by spending money on hotel rentals, food, and other necessities.
ESPN’s Mike Ruhlman says, “We are very excited to be back here with the history and tradition and it seems like the fans and community are very excited to see Notre Dame back on the national scene and being competitive, and we're just hoping to add to that excitement and show case what a great place this is, it means a lot to college football.”
The last time College Gameday traveled to South Bend was in 2005 when Notre Dame battled U.S.C for the famous “Bush Push” game. Those wishing to be part of College Gameday can join in on the festivities starting at 9 am Saturday, October 13th.
ESPN's popular morning show "Mike & Mike" featuring former Notre Dame football player Mike Golic will air from the Gameday set Friday from 6-10am. Golic is the father of two Irish players--Mike Jr. and Jake.