Attending ESPN College GameDay In Charlotte? Here’s What You Need To Know
College football is back! There were a couple of week zero games last weekend but the real action kicks off this week. As a die-hard NC State fan Thursday night, when we take on UCONN in Connecticut, can’t come soon enough! I’ll have to wait one more week to see my team in person, but I’ll still be getting my college football environment when ESPN College GameDay comes to Charlotte. The Duke’s Mayo College Kickoff Game brings the battle of the Carolinas to a national stage, on Saturday night on ESPN. But eyes will be on Charlotte all day long with the beloved college football pregame show live from the Queen City that morning.
Since my team will have already played, and my mom attended South Carolina whom I also cheer for, I will be crossing this experience off my bucket list. Well, as a temporary cross-off, until I get to experience it in Raleigh one day.
Planning on attending ESPN College GameDay in Charlotte? Here’s all the info you’ll need to know before attending!
When: Saturday, September 2nd
Where: Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte
What Time Should You Arrive: The show airs from 9 am to noon. So you can arrive anytime in that window to see and experience College Game Day. Now if you want to be front and center in what is known as “the pit”, you’ll need to arrive earlier. The pit itself opens at 6:30 am.
How Should I Get There: There is no designated parking so you’ll have to find a pay lot (there are numerous in the area). Taking the light rail would also be a good alternative as well.
How Do I Get In The Pit: Admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis for all fans. Students and fans admitted to the pit are encouraged to wear school colors and should have a numbered wristband.
Rules & Regs For The Pit: The following items are prohibited, bags (of any kind), food and drinks, pens, pencils, markers, or dry erase boards and signs on sticks. Throwing objects is strictly prohibited.
What About Those Infamous Game Day Signs: If you’ve ever seen a broadcast of Game Day you know what I’m talking about. Of course, signs will be allowed, according to GameDay “No vulgar signs, .com, .net, .org, political or religious signs are allowed. For fans entering the pit, signs cannot be on poles or oversized. All signs brought to Saturday’s taping will be inspected before entry.”
Don’t Want To Attend But Want To Watch: College GameDay airs at 9 AM ET – Noon ET on ESPN and ESPNU and is available for streaming through the ESPN App.
For full details, you can visit College GameDay’s website here. The only question I have left to be answered? Who is the guest picker and which school will he be repping? Darius Rucker, are you available? Go Cocks!