EUGENE, Ore. -- (Nov. 15, 2012) -- ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot, the nation's premier college football pre-game program, is coming to the University of Oregon this weekend and will stage its production in the Memorial Quadrangle area of campus. This will be ESPN College GameDay's seventh visit to the Eugene campus and the 13th game overall featuring the UO.
The Memorial Quadrangle is the grass area between the Knight Library (south) and Lillis Business Complex (north), and Prince Lucien Campbell and Condon halls (west) and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Chapman Hall (east) on the west side of campus near 13th Avenue and Kincaid Street.
The stage orientation will feature the Lillis Business Complex, one of the nation's most environmentally friendly business school facilities and the first LEED-certified building in the Eugene-Springfield area, as the background for the broadcast.
Saturday morning's three-hour ESPN College GameDay production goes on the air at 6 a.m. Pacific Time for the first hour on ESPNU, and from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Pacific Time on ESPN with hosts Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Samantha Steele and Tom Rinaldi.
UO students, faculty, staff and the community are encouraged to attend the live telecast. The area in primary view for the television audience will open at 4 a.m. and is expected to be filled to capacity before the broadcast begins at 6 a.m.
The following items are not allowed in the area: bags; food; pens or markers; signs depicting advertising or attached to sticks; poles or rulers; objects that could be used as projectiles; or any items deemed by ESPN staff to be inappropriate.
Fans are encouraged to walk, bike or carpool when possible to travel to campus. Near campus parking options include Lots 6B, 42, 16, 17 and 18 on the map here. The lots are reserved for permit holders during business hours Monday to Friday; however, the public will be allowed to park while attending GameDay.
The Autzen Stadium parking lot will operate on its regular game day schedule with opening four hours prior to kick-off at 1 p.m. It will not be available for early morning parking.
Near-campus businesses are planning to open early for the early-rising Duck fans. The UO Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will open at 6 a.m., and The Duck Store will open at 5 a.m. Both facilities will have coffee and apparel available for purchase. The Duck Store will also be distributing 23-inch Oregon Duck cutout characters to the first 100 UO students who stop by the store beginning at 5 a.m. (Students must show their UO student identification to receive a free Duck character.)
Set-up for the show will begin by Thursday morning as ESPN personnel prepare the stage and demonstration field areas.
Oregon has a 5-1 record when hosting GameDay with wins over Arizona State University in 2011, Stanford in 2010, USC in 2009, Arizona State University in 2007 and UCLA in 2000. The Ducks' lone home loss was to California in 2007.
Oregon has been the road team for GameDay visits at Stanford in 2011, USC and Oregon State in 2010, Arizona in 2009 and UCLA in 1998, when the show originated from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
ESPN College GameDay aired from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, last season prior to the Ducks' neutral-site game with Louisiana State University in the Cowboys Classic. GameDay also aired from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on January 2, 2012 when the Ducks defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl Game.
About the University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.
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