ESPN College GameDay will be making their first appearance ever in
Blacksburg, VA on Saturday for the big contest between Virginia Tech and #1
Duke. Cassell Coliseum doors will open at 8:30am for the show, which will begin
broadcasting at 10am.
Season ticket holders with parking passes will be allowed to park in their
regular lot. Anyone else attending GameDay must park in the Chicken Hill
lot. A free shuttle will be available to take fans from the Chicken Hill lot to
Cassell Coliseum, beginning at 7:30am.
Fans are allowed to bring banners and signs, though they will be screened
upon entrance to Cassell Coliseum. Virginia Tech will host a Poster Making Party
on Friday evening from 5-7pm in the lobby of Cassell, and Seth Greenberg will
make an appearance. Posters and markers will be provided, as well as free pizza.
College GameDay features Rece Davis, Bobby Knight, Hubert Davis and Jay
Bilas, who will break down the big stories around college basketball, including
a major focus on the Virginia Tech-Duke game.
This will be a huge day for the basketball program. Tech fans have a great
opportunity to market their program to the college basketball world. Tip-off for
the Tech-Duke game is scheduled for 9pm, and it will be televised by ESPN.
Top Juniors Expected
It’s also a big day for the football program. The Hokies will be hosting many
top junior prospects for their junior day, including in-state and out-of-state
stars, and Virginia Tech will be looking to impress them with the exciting
basketball atmosphere that College GameDay will bring.
Sheldon Day, defensive tackle from Warren Central High School in
Indianapolis, is the biggest out-of-state prospect on the list. In-state targets
include linebacker Deon Clark, defensive back Alex Carter, defensive end Ken
Ekanem, defensive tackle Korren Kirven, among others.
Virginia Tech is already out to a fast start in the 2012 recruiting class,
and they hope to keep the momentum going this weekend.