MU Fans Make Big Appearance for ESPN
COLUMBIA - Fans lined up early Friday morning to celebrate ESPN's showcasing MU this homecoming weekend. The MU-OU game is ESPN's game of the week. Each week, the ESPN GameDay show sets up on a university campus to showcase the host city.
ESPN officials say Friday's attendance was one of the largest GameDay crowds ever for ESPN's pre-game recordings. ESPN hopes an even larger crowd of fans will show up Saturday for the live show. ESPN officials say the live show Saturday will still go on even if it rains.
"We've been to GameDay locations before where the weather has been cold, hot, rainy, snowy and inclement weather, and the fans have always been there to support their schools," said Mike Humes, an ESPN production supervisor.
ESPN talent including Erin Andrews, Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit appeared on the MU campus for the recordings Friday.
Some fans made posters with hopes of appearing on television.
"We've just been brainstorming about signs to make all week because I have been to two other College GameDays, but never were they in Columbia," said Liz Wilson, an MU student.
Live televised coverage begins Saturday at 8 a.m. on ESPN U, and another two hours of coverage will continue at 9 a.m. on ESPN.