Friday, October 5 2012 2:51 PM EDT2012-10-05 18:51:07 GMT
With the memory of a particularly violent weekend fresh on many people's minds, the Five Points Merchant's Association is hoping for some positive national exposure and they want an assist from a willingMore >>
With the memory of a particularly violent weekend fresh on many people's minds, the Five Points Association is hoping for some positive national exposure and they want an assist from a willing University of South Carolina student or two.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
ESPN has arrived in Columbia to begin setting up on the University of South Carolina Horseshoe for the Saturday morning broadcast of College Gameday.
Production crews have been working for most of the morning trying to setup the Gameday set.
"About 3 weeks agao, ESPN contacted athletics administration and said we were of the final three sites, so we did a little planning with it, teams had to finish out. Once they did, boom we were here," said Jerry Brewer, a worker from USC Student Affairs.
Brewer says they did give the network some stipulations like no stakes in the grass so they have to use water barrels to hoist the equipment. It means extra security and road blocks, but it's an investment in the university's opinion.
"Obviously, it's a great marketing ploy for us to have this broadcast throughout the whole college football world," said Brewer.
College football fans are already taking in the site of the set on the Horseshoe despite the rain, and USC plans on plenty of accommodations for those fans.
The university says students can sleep out all night on the Horseshoe and they'll even provide them with pizza two different times through the night and in the morning.
For those who are not college kids anymore, officials say a shuttle will take people back and forth between the Horseshoe, the Carolina Coliseum, and tailgating spots at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Gameday, of course, is in town for this weekend's top 10 matchup between the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs and the No. 6 Gamecocks.
The Gameday broadcast begins on Saturday at 10 a.m., but there is a pre-show broadcast on ESPNU beginning at 9 a.m.