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ESPN's 'College GameDay' to impact traffic, parking near Old Main

Portions of Pollock Road will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, through 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, to accommodate setup for ESPN's "College GameDay" program, which will air from Old Main lawn on Saturday morning. Credit: Patrick Mansell / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In order to accommodate ESPN's College GameDay setup, a section of Pollock Road between Carnegie Building and McAllister Building will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, through 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

In conjunction with the road closure, the following parking changes will be in place from Thursday through Saturday:

— The Old Main parking lot will be closed to provide a staging area for ESPN production vehicles. ROO permit holders who normally park at Old Main will be temporarily reassigned to the section of Brown A parking located behind Willard Building.

— The Brown A parking area behind Willard Building will be reserved for ROO permits only, with the exception of ADA and Media Tech reserved spaces. Overflow parking for Brown A permit holders will be available at all sections of Red A.

Beginning at midnight Friday through 1 p.m. Saturday, the closure of Pollock Road will be extended to include the area between Burrowes Road and Shortlidge Road. As a result of this closure, the Brown B, Brown C and Brown E parking areas will also be closed. Permit holders in need of parking during these hours should park at the Eisenhower Deck or Nittany Deck. Any University departments with vehicles parked in these lots that may need to access them during these hours must relocate their vehicles to another parking area prior to midnight Friday. 

To view a map of the affected areas, click here.

For more information about ESPN “College GameDay” airing from Old Main lawn, visit

For questions, contact the Parking Office by email at or by phone at 814-865-1436.

Last Updated September 25, 2018