By: Caitlin Hunt
Posted: October 7, 2010 12:05 PM
Gameday has visited Columbia four times in the past, but the stage has always been set up in the South Carolina State Fair Ground parking lot across from Williams-Brice Stadium. This year the grounds are crowded as the State Fair is getting ready to open next week.
"This is the chance to highlight the University of South Carolina," USC Athletic Director Eric Hyman said. "When I talk to people that really did not go to school here or are from outside the state of South Carolina, when they come on the campus, they just fall in love with the Horseshoe and they fall in love with the beauty of the place. This is a chance for us to accentuate that."
The change in venue from the years past has caused mixed reactions from USC students.
"I am very excited, it represents the University really well having, College Gameday come to the horseshoe," said USC student Sohan Patel. "It's always been at the fairground so its kind of a change of pace and it represents the University and shows prospective students what we're all about."
"I don't think it's a smart decision, everybody's at the fairgrounds, everybody's at the stadium, tailgating, partying, horseshoe's on campus, about five miles away," said USC student Reid Pimental.
Thousands of people are expected to show up on the Horseshoe to provide a background for the popular program, some camping out all night to be in position. Some streets and parking lots in the center of campus are being blocked off for the event and the university is running special buses to get people to and from the area.
Saturday's three-hour Gameday show will have one hour, starting at 9:00 am, carried on ESPNU and will switch to ESPN's main cable channel at 10:00.