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College GameDay at The U: A fan guide

All the information you need to be ready for GameDay at TheU

College GameDay is coming to The U

In case you missed it, ESPN’s College GameDay is coming to UM for the first time since 2002.

Over the past few days, ESPN and the University of Miami have released the pertinent logistical information for anyone who wants to attend GameDay live from Miami’s Coral Gables campus. Here you go, from Miami Athletics:

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The University of Miami announced Wednesday that ESPN's iconic College GameDay show will be broadcast live on the UM campus for the first time this Saturday, November 11, at the school's Lakeside Patio.

The three-hour show, which debuted in 1987 and has been broadcasting on location from college campuses all across the country since 1993, will serve as a prelude to the seventh-ranked Hurricanes' nationally televised tilt against No. 3 Notre Dame Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ABC at 8 p.m. and marks the Irish's first visit to South Florida to play UM since 1989.

College GameDay will be broadcast live on ESPN from 9 a.m. to noon. The main stage will be set up on the north end of the patio, between the Donna E. Shalala Student Center and the Norman A. Whitten University Center Pool.

The event is free and open to the public. Fans may begin arriving to the "Pit" area in front of the stage on a first come, first serve basis at 5 a.m. The Pit opens at 6:30 a.m. In addition, there will be overflow viewing areas around Lake Osceola and the Rock Plaza. Attendees can park at the Merrick and Pavia Garages, which are best accessed off Stanford Drive. Both garages will open at 5 a.m.

Fans who attend the live broadcast should expect to follow the ESPN "Pit Rules."

• Fans may arrive early to begin lining up for access to the pit at 5 a.m., with the Pit opening at approximately 6:30 a.m.

• Fans entering the pit will be screened and wanded by security.

• No bags, backpacks or purses permitted in the pit.

• No offensive, vulgar, inappropriate or solicitation signage will be allowed (i.e., no political, religious, or .com, .org, .net signage).

• No signs or flags on a stick/pole, etc.

• No pens, pencils, markers or dry erase boards.

• No food or drinks.

• Throwing of objects is prohibited.

This is the seventh time College GameDay has been to Miami for a Hurricanes game, but the show's first visit to Coral Gables. UM has a 5-1 record in the previous six games. Overall, this is the 338th road show in College GameDay's history, which has featured trips to 69 campuses and 81 locations.

GameDay starts at 9AM, but the entrance to “the pit” (the fan location near to the stage) opens at 5AM. That’s a long day for those going to GameDay, but as someone who has attended GameDay 4 times previously, I can tell you that the experience is worth the time.

The stage location on the UC patio is great. With the Pool on one side, the food court on the other, and the walk to the stage for the yet-to-be-announced guest picker walking by Lake Osceola and the new Shalala Student center, Miami’s gorgeous Coral Gables campus will be on full display.

So that’s the information you need to get to ESPN’s College GameDay at TheU on Saturday.

Have fun and send us pictures!

Go Canes