Thousands Visit HUB Lawn for College GameDay

Story posted October 22, 2019 in News, CommRadio by Grace McCarthy

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — ESPN's College GameDay broadcasted live from Happy Valley on Saturday for the third consecutive year, taking place on the HUB Lawn due to construction on Old Main. The show aired from 9 a.m. to noon, while thousands of fans gathered around the set with signs ranging from the classic “Hi Mom” to digs at Michigan in preparation for that night’s White Out game.

Freshman Zachary Martin was working a 360 photo booth for GameDay and arrived at 5:45 in the morning.

“To me, it’s a no brainer that this school has the best fan base in the country and that everyone is willing to come out here,” Martin said. “There were thousands of people here before I even showed up in the wee hours of the morning.”

With just a few minutes remaining in the live show, one of the hosts, Lee Corso, put on a Nittany Lion mask to reveal that he was predicting Penn State to beat Michigan, and the crowd went wild.

For Sophomore Kailey Jackson, this was her second year coming to College GameDay.

“GameDay only goes to a select few places every year, so I think it’s really awesome that they chose to come to Penn State,” said Jackson. 

Corso was spot on with his prediction, as Penn State defeated Michigan 28-21.


Grace McCarthy is a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, email