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College GameDay’s First Road Show

Oct 13, 2014, 9:39 AM EST

Photo courtesy of Notre Dame Archives

In the grand scheme of sports pre-game shows, perhaps none is as beloved as College GameDay. The traveling broadcast captures the excitement and pageantry of fall Saturdays from some of the best college football atmospheres around the country.

This weekend, ESPN’s GameDay crew heads to Tallahassee, where fifth-ranked Notre Dame will meet defending national champion #2 Florida State. While GameDay is no stranger to Notre Dame games, the show has a particularly special connection to the Irish vs. Seminoles matchup.

In November 1993, #2 Notre Dame hosted #1 Florida State in what was widely dubbed as the “Game of the Century.” In celebration of that big-time showdown, ESPN took College GameDay on the road for the very first time. While today’s GameDay broadcasts are typically located outdoors and within the shadow of the host school’s stadium, on that weekend, ESPN set up shop in Sports Heritage Hall where Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Craig James kicked off a big day of college football.

source:  The Monogram Club oversees Sports Heritage Hall, which is located in the Joyce Center Concourse and serves as the Fighting Irish’s “hall of fame.” Sports Heritage Hall is also home to the Monogram Club’s Ring of Names, where the name of each individual who has earned a monogram is permanently on display.

The 1993 Notre Dame vs. Florida State game certainly lived up to the pre-game hype, and let’s hope for the same this Saturday. Have a look below for a few highlights from that first GameDay road show, as well as Fighting Irish Digital Media’s coverage from GameDay’s trip to Notre Dame in 2012.

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