WICHITA, Kansas – ESPN’s College GameDay will originate from Charles Koch Arena, on Feb. 28, in advance of the No. 13 Wichita State vs. No. 11 Northern Iowa matchup (1:00 p.m. Central Time, ESPN).
The Shockers will be hosting the morning editions of GameDay at 9:00 a.m. CT on ESPNU and continuing live at 10:00 a.m. CT on ESPN.
“This is a win, not only for our basketball program and our university, but for the entire community,” WSU Director of Athletic, Eric Sexton said. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase our team, facility, campus and city before a national audience.”
“To me, the most exciting part about hosting GameDay is that we get to shine some of the spotlight onto our incredible fans,” WSU head coach, Gregg Marshall added. “I know, without a doubt, that Shocker Nation will rise to the occasion on Saturday morning.”
The WSU-UNI contest is officially sold out, but fans without game tickets may still attend GameDay. This is a free event, and all seating is general admission.
Standard reserved parking procedures will apply for the entire day. Fans with SASO parking passes may park in their normal spots upon arrival.
Shuttles will run from the arena to the metropolitan complex between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.wichita.edu/shuttle.
WSU students with valid student I.D. will be admitted at 8:15 a.m. through the east entrance. Doors to all other entrances will open at 8:30 a.m.
All fans will be asked to clear the arena at the conclusion of the show. The gates will re-open for those with valid game tickets approximately 90 minutes prior to tipoff.
The evening College GameDay show, beginning at 4 p.m. on ESPN, will originate from Lawrence, Kan., prior to the No. 8 Kansas vs. Texas game.
ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith will join College GameDay host Rece Davis and analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams for the morning editions. Davis, Bilas, Williams and Smith will then travel to Lawrence for the evening show.
Rich Hollenberg, Greenberg and Mark Adams will have the call of the Wichita State-Northern Iowa game.