On Thursday, ESPN Game Day set up the stage for their broadcast Saturday morning. It's the first time in Texas Tech history the program has come to Lubbock.
It takes a crew of about 70 people to put on the broadcast from the Texas Tech campus. A few months ago, the director of College Game Day, Lorenzo Lamadrid, didn't expect to come to Lubbock. "We always end up somewhere that wasn't on our radar, and this is a week where we found out we were coming here, and we were just so excited. We love going someplace where we haven't been before because the crowds are always enthusiastic," said Lamadrid.
Red Raider fans are also excited ESPN is in town. "It's gonna be amazing. I'm just glad it's here. It's gonna be a lot of publicity for our school," said Texas Tech student, Charles Beechem.
Fans like Beechem plan to get there as early as 3 a.m. to make sure they get a spot close to the stage, and others plan to camp out over night. "It's worth it. This is awesome. This has never happened in Texas Tech history. I want to be a part of it," said Beechem.
The record for College Game Day attendance is 15,800 at Notre Dame, but this could be the week to beat that record. "I expect to see a huge crowd," said Lamadrid.
If you want to go to College Game Day, here's what you need to know. The broadcast starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, but the staging area will open at 7 a.m. Fans can camp out near the set the night before, but tents are not allowed. Creative signs are encouraged, but they must be appropriate. The Game Day crew will screen all signs near the set that could be seen on TV.
Those with football parking passes can park in their assigned spots. You can also park at the United Spirit Arena or off campus. Game Day suggests you come early, get loud, and have a good time.
ESPN will also have a taping for SportsCenter Friday night from 3:45-5 p.m. Traffic around Memorial Circle on campus will shut down for both tapings.
Game Day Ticket Frenzy Across The Hub City
They are the hottest commodity on the South Plains. Of course, we are talking about tickets for Saturday's game, which will fall under the national spotlight of ESPN Game Day. Which as NewsChannel 11's Julia Bruck explains is fueling this ticket craze across the Hub City.