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What to know about ‘College GameDay’ coming to Jackson

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With ESPN’s College GameDay gearing up to film live from the campus of Jackson State University, there are plenty of questions surrounding the logistics of Saturday’s big event. Here are all of those answers.

What is College GameDay?

College GameDay is a pre-game show broadcast by ESPN as part of the network’s coverage of college football that has been running since September 5, 1987. The show runs each college football Saturday as hosts Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Pat McAfee, Desmond Howard, and Rece Davis travel to college football towns all throughout the U.S. to showcase a university and give their predictions on the hottest college football games of the week.

What time is College GameDay?

The show will air on ESPN from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. CT.

Where will College GameDay be set up?

The stage will be set up at the main entrance on the visitor’s side of Veterans Memorial Stadium on North State Street in Jackson.

Do I need tickets to be a part of College GameDay?

Admission into College GameDay is free. No tickets are required.

What time do I need to get there?

The College GameDay pit opens at 6 a.m. Fans are recommended to get to the stadium between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. if they want to get the full GameDay experience, which includes an appearance by a celebrity guest picker.

Who will be this week’s celebrity guest picker?

Saturday’s guest picker has not yet been announced. However, there is speculation that is could be somebody with Jackson and/or Mississippi ties such as former JSU great Eddie Payton, or hip hop artists such as Rick Ross or Big K.R.I.T. There are also rumors that Deion Sanders’ notoriety could pull in nationally renowned celebrities like Beyoncé, Snoop Dogg (who was in attendance at JSU’s homecoming game versus Campbell), or Kevin Hart. Who knows? Maybe Coach Prime will pull a Lane Kiffin and announce himself as the celebrity guest picker.

Can I hold up a sign during College GameDay?

Signs are allowed but with limitations. Vulgar signs, signs with domain suffixes (.com, .org, .net, etc.), and signs with political or religious material are prohibited. All signs brought to Saturday’s taping will be inspected before entry and must abide by College GameDay’s sign policies or they will be removed.

What time is the game?

The historical rivalry game between Jackson State (7-0, 4-0 SWAC) and Southern University (5-2, 3-1) will kick off at 1 p.m. CT and can be watched on ESPN3.

Where can I purchase tickets for the game?

Fans are able to purchase tickets for Saturday’s game on Jackson State’s official ticket site or on third party sites such as Ticket Master, StubHub, or Vivid Seats. Tickets are limited but still available.

Where do I need to park?

Parking spots can be found here. Although there are a multitude of spots by the stadium, they fill up rapidly, so fans are encouraged to arrive early. Lots B, C, D, and H will be available for those attending College GameDay. Spectators will have the opportunity to park in surrounding lots or neighborhoods with fees varying.

What can I bring into the game?

Veterans-Memorial Stadium has a clear bag policy, so fans are encouraged to pack light and only bring essential items. The stadium’s full facility guidelines can be found here.

Where will tailgating be set up?

Although designated tailgating spots are sold out for the season, fans and visitors are welcome to walk freely through the tailgating zone and converse with fans.

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