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For the 150th season of college football, the famed Saturday morning spectacle, ESPN College Gameday is coming to Magic Kingdom to kick off the 2019 collegiate football season. It’s all going down on August 24.
ESPN, an affiliate of ABC was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 1996 and they have enjoyed a great partnership for years.
Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis and Desmond Howard are back for College Gameday and they will change up their initial week of coverage from Clemson to the most magical place on earth for a week 0 College Gameday.
The crew will cover the Miami Hurricanes vs Florida Gators game for the first matchup of the 2019 season. This marks the first time since 2013 that these two teams will meet for a pigskin matchup.
Don’t worry Clemson fans, the Tigers will get their day in the sun for week 1 as they go head to head with Georgia Tech.
Let’s start with what exactly is week 0? Most college teams start their games during the official week 1, which begins the Thursday following Labor Day but for a few select teams, they will see some matchups a week earlier so that fans can get their football fix a week early, those games have become known as week 0.
For week 0, ESPN will air its first game of the season on Saturday, August 24, when Samford faces Youngstown State at 3 p.m. ET. Additionally, they will show Florida vs. Miami at 7 p.m. ET in Orlando and Arizona at Hawaii at 10:30 p.m. ET.
So what could be better than bringing college football to the house of mouse? Well, Disney has a few rules, even for networks that they own.
There will be no special access exclusively for Gameday viewing. Guests wishing to get in on the action must purchase to the Magic Kingdom.
Thinking about crafting up a creative and puny sign, one of the most popular aspects of the show? Disney had originally stated that per park rules, no such signs would be allowed but following more consideration and a number of complaints to this time-honored tradition among Game-Day enthusiasts, Disney has changed their tune. ESPN Has released a statement to the following:
“Supporting the time-honored tradition of handheld signs during “College Game Day” broadcasts, we are making an exception for guests to bring college football signs to Magic Kingdom park on August 24 only. Signs are only permitted in the broadcast viewing area until noon. After the broadcast, signs may be recycled in the park or returned to a vehicle or resort room.”
The show will air live from 9 a.m. to noon and it will be business as usual for Disney Guests and Gameday fans alike as they will coexist in the Magic Kingdom for the morning.
Due to the restrictions Disney places on many Gameday traditions, the show will likely take on a different format for the day but we’re sure it will bring die hard college fans joy to view this Saturday tradition a whole week early to kickoff this new season of college football.
We are sure we will see come of our favorite Disney characters in their football jerseys during the show and what could be better than seeing Lee Corso and Mickey Mouse share the screen to talk about the brand new college football season? Mickey being the guest pick of course! Or Bob Iger!
Go team go!
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