ESPN's College GameDay set for the HUB Lawn on Saturday

ESPN's College GameDay returns to Happy Valley for this year's Penn State-Michigan game on Oct. 19. Credit: Curtis Chan / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – ESPN's College GameDay Built by the Home Depot program will be live from Penn State's HUB Lawn on Saturday, Oct. 19, ahead of the Nittany Lions' primetime meeting with Michigan at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. This is the 19th time College GameDay has been at the site of a Penn State game.

The popular pregame college football program will air live from 9 noon on Saturday. The Penn State White Out clash between the No. 7 Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0) and No. 16 Wolverines (5-1, 3-1) will air on ABC, and the Penn State Sports Network (6 p.m. airtime).

College GameDay will be appearing at a Penn State game for the fourth consecutive season, joining the 2018 Ohio State game, 2017 Michigan and Ohio State contests and the 2016 Big Ten Championship Game. This is the third-straight season and eighth time overall GameDay has originated from Happy Valley.

The eight-time Emmy Award-winning show is hosted by Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, as well as contributors Chris 'The Bear' Fallica, Jen Lada, Tom Rinaldi, Maria Taylor and Gene Wojciechowski.

Fans can attend College Football Live Friday; GameDay with activities and giveaways throughout the day

College Football Live will originate from the set with Taylor, Howard and Pollack and air Friday at 3 p.m. ESPN2. There will also be several segments originating from the set Friday morning and afternoon and early Saturday morning for a variety of ESPN's shows, including Get Up! and SportsCenter. ESPN will also have a number of activations throughout the day on Friday on the HUB Lawn.

On Saturday, Good Morning America is expected to have a presence in addition to ESPN’s digital show – Countdown to GameDay Live — beginning at 8:30 a.m. with Jason Fitz, Taylor and Pollack.

Henderson Drive closed starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday

In order to accommodate the College GameDay production vehicles, Henderson Drive will be closed beginning Wednesday at 5 p.m. through Saturday at approximately 6 p.m. The sidewalks along Henderson Drive, south of the HUB, will be closed during load in and load out.

Regulations for fans Interested in standing in the GameDay "Pit"

The following regulations will be in place, per ESPN and Penn State, for fans who are interested in standing in the "pit" near the College GameDay stage (show is free of charge):

  • Fans may begin lining up for access to the pit Saturday at 5:30 a.m. ET, with the pit being open at approximately 6:30 a.m. (no overnight camping).
    • Restrooms are available in the HUB.
  • Fans entering the pit will be screened by security using metal detection wands.
  • No bags, backpacks or purses are permitted.
  • No offensive, vulgar, inappropriate or solicitation signage will be allowed (i.e., no political, religious, or .com, .org, .net signage).
  • No signs or flags on a stick.
  • No pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards.
  • No food or drinks.
  • Throwing of objects is prohibited.

Transportation and parking recommendations for fans attending College GameDay

Penn State is making the following transportation and parking recommendations for fans who plan to attend College GameDay. The Beaver Stadium parking lots will open at 8 a.m.


  • Students who live on campus are encouraged to walk to the HUB Lawn or take the CATA White or Blue Loop bus and walk from stops on Burrowes Street or the Schlow Library on Beaver Avenue (White) or intersection of College Avenue and Allen Street (Blue).
  • Students who live off campus and State College residents are encouraged to walk to the HUB Lawn or take the CATA bus and walk from the Schlow Library stop on Beaver Avenue.

Students and fans who plan to park near College GameDay location

  • For fans who plan to drive to attend College GameDay, there are three downtown parking garages that are within three blocks of the HUB Lawn that have hourly rates: the Beaver Avenue Garage, the Fraser Street Garage and the Pugh Street Garage. Metered street parking also is available downtown.
  • There are two available parking garages on campus – the East Deck and Nittany Deck are all available at $1 per hour for up to two hours, with a flat fee of $25 for anything over two hours on Saturday. There is no parking at Eisenhower Deck prior to 8 a.m. on Saturday without a valid Penn State Transportation Services issued permit.
  • Additionally, there is a flat fee of $15 (cash) to park in Lot Red A on football game day beginning at 8 a.m. (west of North Atherton Street by the Westgate Building).

Fans who plan to park in Beaver Stadium lots and attend GameDay

  • Fans who have a Beaver Stadium parking permit and plan to park in their game day space and then attend College GameDay are encouraged to walk to the HUB Lawn (1.1 miles) or take the CATA White or Blue Loop bus to downtown and walk (2-3 blocks).
  • Fans can pick up the CATA White Loop near the Northbound lane of University Drive, just south of the intersection with Hastings Road and outside Gate D of the Bryce Jordan Center. The White Loop also stops in front of the Intramural Building and makes three more stops as it heads west on Curtin Road. Fans can walk from Schlow Library to Old Main.
  • Fans can pick up the CATA Blue Loop on Curtin Road in front of McCoy Natatorium and Shields Building and walk from the intersection of College Avenue and Allen Street to the HUB Lawn.

For more information about CATA and its campus and community routes and the Football Game Day Shuttle, go to

Last Updated October 21, 2019