Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will bring their College GameDay road show to the doorstep of Ross-Ade Stadium this Friday and Saturday, a prelude to Purdue-Wisconsin Homecoming game, which kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Central Saturday.
It will be the first time GameDay has visited West Lafayette, Ind., and the second time this season GameDay has featured the Badgers. GameDay originated from Madison when Wisconsin played host to Penn State Sept. 25.
The show will originate from Rankin Track and Field, southwest of Ross-Ade. The site was selected by ESPN after consulting with Intercollegiate Athletics staff this past week.
"ESPN always does its homework, so they were in touch with our sports information office last week," Morgan Burke, Purdue director of intercollegiate athletics, said in a press release. "Our facilities staff came up with the idea of using the Ross-Ade Pavilion as a backdrop and the wide open space we have at Rankin track for the stage and production facilities. We think it's going to be the ideal place to stage this immensely popular show and showcase Purdue University at the same time."
Last season, Purdue was the visitor when GameDay broadcast from games versus Wisconsin and Ohio State.
Purdue is 5-0 (2-0 Big Ten) and ranked fifth in the Associated Press Poll. At 6-0 (3-0), Wisconsin is No. 10
Although College GameDay kicks off ESPN coverage on Saturday morning, Fowler, Corso and Herbstreit check in during a live remote on Friday night.
"We're hoping fans from far and wide - and especially our students who live on and near campus - will be out Friday night and early on Saturday to join in the fun," sports information director Tom Schott said. "We know the signature look of the Pavilion will make an impression on ESPN's national audience, and we'd like our fans to do the same."
GameDay headed to Purdue
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