WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - ESPN's College GameDay, driven by State Farm, will make its first-ever appearance at Mackey Arena on Jan. 22 to shine a national spotlight on Purdue University and the Boilermakers' showdown with Big Ten rival Michigan State.
All Boilermaker fans are encouraged to come out to Mackey for the GameDay festivities to help make the experience memorable for both Purdue and ESPN. Doors will open to Paint Crew members at 7:45 a.m. ET, and the general public will begin entering at 8 a.m. ET.
Admission is free for the GameDay experience, but fans must wear black to be permitted to sit in the lower bowl. All fans, regardless of seating location, are asked to wear black.
"ESPN and State Farm do a tremendous job with College GameDay, and we've been eager for the opportunity to host the show at Mackey Arena," Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. "Hosting GameDay is an honor that has been given to some of the nation's top programs over the last six years, and we're excited to be part of that group. College GameDay will be a showcase of our program and our university, and we're looking forward to creating a memorable experience for everyone involved."
College GameDay will once again feature show host Rece Davis with analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis and Bob Knight.
Early arrival at Mackey is encouraged, as the crew will start live SportsCenter hits at 9 a.m. ET leading into the new first hour of College GameDay that airs on ESPNU (10-11 a.m. ET). The show will move to ESPN for the 11 a.m.-noon hour.
The GameDay lineup also includes Saturday Primetime, a one-hour show that will commence at 8 p.m. ET as the Boilermakers prepare to square off with the Spartans at 9 p.m. ET.