North Dakota State to Host College Football Show
FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State University will be the headquarters for college football next Saturday.
The Forum reports that the popular ESPN College GameDay pre-game show with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard will air its show from campus prior to NDSU hosting Delaware State.
"It's huge, probably the biggest thing that ever happened to Fargo and North Dakota State in terms of athletics," said NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor. "We've had championships and those things, but in terms of recognition, the exposure will be phenomenal."
The network has been in contact with the NDSU athletic department all week and confirmed it on its show Saturday morning.
The Bison are campaigning for their third-consecutive NCAA Division I national championship. They opened the 2013 season with a road win over reigning Big 12 champion Kansas State.
The Bison are ranked No. 1 in FCS with all 26 first-place votes.
The first three College GameDay shows this year aired from Clemson, Michigan and Texas A&M.
GameDay has shown up on three non-FBS campuses in the past: FCS Florida A&M in 2008 and Penn in 2002, and Division III Williams in 2007.
Taylor said a pre-production crew from ESPN will fly to Fargo Sunday to look at logistics of where to construct the set.
Background priorities include campus buildings or the stadium. Taylor said the tailgating parking lots, which normally open five hours before kickoff, may be opened earlier to accommodate the show.
"You kind of think in a fantasy it would be cool if GameDay ever came, but you never truly believe that they would," Taylor said.