Once in a lifetime opportunity: ESPN College GameDay headed to iconic venue
ESPN’s College GameDay has broadcast from some special locations over the years. This season, it will broadcast from the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club.
On a game day that is scheduled to feature arguably the best SEC game that week, Alabama at LSU, the popular pregame show will check off another item from a lot of fans’ bucket lists. Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National, announced the move in a news release. The Masters golf tournament, which has been rescheduled from its traditional April date, to the second week in November, will not allow patrons this year.
“Given the circumstances brought about by the pandemic, the delivery of quality content is as important as ever to the storytelling of the Masters Tournament,” he said. “While we will dearly miss our patrons at Augusta National this fall, we are excited to showcase what promises to be a truly memorable Masters in a variety of ways for viewers around the world.”
College GameDay is scheduled for its normal timeframe, from 9 a.m. – noon before the live CBS broadcast of the third round. The studio will be staged overlooking Ike’s Pond and the 9th green of the Par 3 course.
“When exploring ways to showcase a fall Masters, we were drawn to the concept of hosting College GameDay at Augusta National to introduce the Tournament to a new audience and provide even more anticipation and excitement to the event,” Ridley continued. “We appreciate the collaboration with ESPN, our longtime broadcast partner, for this first-of-its-kind opportunity.”
Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, announced today that @themasters will provide an expansive slate of content across multiple platforms, including @CollegeGameDay live from Augusta National on Saturday, November 14.
— The Masters (@TheMasters) October 27, 2020