ESPN’s College GameDay heading to New York City for first time on Sept. 23

ESPN’s College GameDay is taking its set to a location it has never gone before — right in the heart of the Big Apple.

On Sept. 23, College GameDay will air live from Times Square in New York City for the first time ever, as announced by ESPN on Thursday.

“New York City is a melting pot of college football fans and the heartbeat of America,” ESPN vice president of production Lee Fitting said in a press release. “Thousands of alumni gather in the city each fall Saturday to root on their school, and we are bringing College GameDay to New York for them.  We want every alumni base and college football fan near and far to join us in Times Square to provide the celebratory, festive atmosphere that is synonymous with the show.”

“This is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, for us and the fans,” ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit said in a release. “With iconic Times Square as the backdrop and alumni bases from all over the country making their presence known in the crowd, my expectation is that it will be one of the top College GameDay settings of all-time. We can’t wait to bring the show to the Big Apple.”

The Week 4 College GameDay show will also feature analyst Lee Corso making his 299th all-time headgear selection, a popular staple of the show.

The set will be constructed in Times Square late on Thursday, Sept. 21, then will host ESPN’s College Football Live on Friday, Sept. 22.

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