College GameDay 2018
College GameDay at TCU
ESPN’s College GameDay is coming to TCU and broadcasting from the Campus Commons at the University Union on Saturday, September 15, ahead of TCU’s showdown with the Ohio State Buckeyes. The show will air from 8:00am CST to 11:00am CST.
For the most complete visitor information, including security procedures, maps, parking information, and audience sign regulations, please visit TCU Athletics’ Official GameDay Page
INFORMATION FOR TCU STUDENTS
TCU Student Affairs is providing space and activities for students, alumni, and community members who want to camp out overnight (Friday into Saturday) in the Campus Commons to secure their spot for the College GameDay taping. There will be food, movies, and activities throughout the night. For more information, see FAQs below.
Watch GameDay Up Close
500 TCU students will be selected to get an up-close view of the action by standing in The Pit immediately adjacent to the stage. All students admitted to the The Pit are encouraged to dress in TCU colors and should have a numbered Pit wristband. Wristbands will be distributed upon entry to GameDay Overnight, which begins in the Commons at Midnight. Students who want to be in The Pit should enter Overnight between King and Wright Halls. This is the ONLY entrance distributing wristbands. All wristband holders must report back to the Commons by 4:00am or risk forfeiting their spot in The Pit. Please be advised that Pit participants will be subject to ESPN security procedures and policies. See FAQs below for a full list of Pit policies.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is ESPN College GameDay?
ESPN College GameDay is a live pre-game show broadcast by ESPN as part of the network’s coverage of college football. The show moves around the country filming mostly on college campuses. This is TCU’s third time to host GameDay on our campus.
How do I watch the live GameDay broadcast?
The live broadcast will begin at 8:00am on Saturday in the Commons. Guests are invited to come stake out their spot as early as Midnight by participating in GameDay Overnight (see details below). 500 TCU students will be selected to get an up-close view of the action by standing in The Pit immediately adjacent to the stage.
How do I get selected to stand in the bullpen during the broadcast?
500 TCU students will be selected to get an up-close view of the action by standing in The Pit immediately adjacent to the stage. All students admitted to The Pit are encouraged to wear TCU colors and should have a numbered Pit wristband. Wristbands will be distributed upon entry to GameDay Overnight, which begins in the Commons at Midnight. Students who want to be in The Pit should enter Overnight between King and Wright Halls. This is the ONLY entrance distributing wristbands. All wristband holders must report back to the Commons by 4:00am or risk forfeiting their spot in The Pit. Please be advised that Pit participants are subject to ESPN security procedures and policies. See below for a complete list.
What are ESPN’s policies for Pit participants?
Fans placed in The Pit adjacent to the stage are subject to ESPN policies and procedures. The following items are PROHIBITED in The Pit:
- Bags, backpacks, and purses
- Offensive, vulgar, inappropriate, or solicitation signage
- Political signs
- .com, .org, or .net signage
- Signs on a stick
- Pens, pencils, markers, or dry erase boards
- Food and drinks
Fans in The Pit will be checked by security wand prior to entry. Throwing objects is prohibited in The Pit.
What is GameDay Overnight?
GameDay Overnight is TCU’s all-night party/campout in the Union and Commons prior to the 8:00am live ESPN College GameDay broadcast. Overnight starts at 10pm with Chad Michael Murray live in the Union Ballroom (free tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chad-michael-murray-live-at-tcu-tickets-49867115886). The party then moves outside into the Commons at Midnight and goes until taping begins at 8:00am.
Where is GameDay and GameDay Overnight?
The festivities will all be in Union and the Campus Commons. Entry points are located on the map below. Please note that students who want to be in the bullpen during the live broadcast must enter between King and Wright Halls to receive a bullpen wristband. Wristbands are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
What time will the Commons open for GameDay Overnight?
The Campus Commons will open for GameDay Overnight beginning at Midnight.
What is happening at Overnight?
TCU will provide movies, food throughout the night, as well as a silent disco, custom t-shirt giveaways, poster making stations, tailgate games, and more.
What can we bring to Overnight?
Students are encouraged to camp out to get the full GameDay experience! Please note that all personal items brought to the concert, GameDay Overnight, and the GameDay taping must be brought in a clear bag. TCU’s Clear Bag Policy will be enforced, but will be amended to allow campout items for overnight guests. Sleeping bags, hammocks, blankets, tents, chairs etc. will be permitted from Midnight to 5:00am. All camping equipment and supplies should be removed by 5:00am. Beginning at 5:00am, TCU’s Clear Bag Policy will be enforced to prepare for the live broadcast.
What items are prohibited?
The following items will be prohibited during GameDay Overnight and the GameDay broadcast:
- Large furniture, such as couches, non-folding chairs, etc.
- Glass bottles
- Tobacco products
- Signs not in accordance with ESPN’s Sign Policy (see below)
Please note that participants standing in certain zones may be subject to additional guidelines, as posted by ESPN at the event.
Is GameDay Overnight free?
GameDay Overnight is FREE for students and community members.
Are there any regulations related to signs, banners, and posters brought into GameDay?
One of the biggest traditions associated with GameDay is the making of signs. There are no size regulations for signs/banners. Signs and banners may be attached to poles that are not sharp. All signs and poles brought to Overnight and Saturday’s taping must abide by ESPN College GameDay’s sign policies or face removal:
- No vulgar signs
- No .com, .net, .org signs
- No political signs
- No religious signs
Where should students park for Overnight? GameDay?
Since Saturday, September 15 is not a home game, students may park in any lot, excluding visitor lots and spots marked 24-hour reserved.
How does GameDay impact the Union and Food Service?
The Brown-Lupton University Union will open Friday morning at 7:00am and stay open until Sunday morning at 2:00am. It will not close during GameDay Overnight or the GameDay broadcast. Dining hours will be modified, as follows, to accommodate the weekend’s schedule of events.
Friday, September 14
Market Square: 7:00am-9:00pm
Union Grounds: opens at 7:00am and will not close
Chick-fil-A: 7:30am-1:30am Saturday
Saturday, September 15
Market Square: 6:00am-9:00pm
Union Grounds: open until 1:30am Sunday