ESPN College GameDay will be making a stop in Raleigh on Saturday as No. 18 N.C. State (15-4, 4-2 ACC) battles UNC-Chapel Hill (12-5, 2-2 ACC) on the hardwood in a rivalry reborn.
This marks the first time that College Gameday has made a visit to Raleigh for an N.C. State basketball game. The announcement was made in early August amidst a mass of preseason hype surrounding N.C. State and UNC, who were both top 15-ranked teams in the preseason.
The show will take place between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at PNC Arena. For the first hour, SportsCenter will air on ESPN and will do occasional look-ins at the College GameDay set. The second hour will air live on ESPNU while the third hour will air on ESPN.
The first 250 students in line for College GameDay will receive a wristband directly behind the show stage with additional seating in the arena available for other fans. Upon arrival, students must check in at the marketing table outside of the east entrance. Wristbands will be distributed starting at 7 a.m. with the doors opening at 8:30 a.m.
Admission and parking is free, but the University’s Red Terror system will provide student transportation beginning at 8:15 a.m. The Red Terror will provide return trips to campus beginning at noon.
There will be a number of giveaways and promotions throughout the course of the event provided by College GameDay and State Farm. The first 2,000 fans will receive free doughnuts prior to entering the arena. T-shirts and other prizes will also be given out during College GameDay. Additionally, one randomly selected student will receive an opportunity to win $18,000 in an on-court promotion.
Some students have expressed concerns on Facebook regarding their ability to receive seats on the sidelines if they attend College GameDay instead of waiting in line for the game. Despite the concerns, the policy states that students will not be permitted to line up for the game prior to College GameDay or immediately after the show.