College Gameday will broadcast live from New York City for the first time in the show’s 25-year run on Saturday, September 23.
The New York City broadcast will mark the show’s 81st location and will take place in the heart of Times Square as opposed to at or around a college campus of one of the marquee games of the week.
Start spreading the news …
For the first time ever, we're headed to New York City next week! pic.twitter.com/VVhGw9vjwZ
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 14, 2017
While the move will allow the Gameday crew to reminisce on the past prominence of Fordham football, college football fans across the country were disappointed with the choice, arguing it was against the spirit of the program and would take away an opportunity for the show to make its way to another school ready to show off its spirit.
As is often the case, fans took to Twitter to express their displeasure.
Y'all forgot the College part of Gameday…
— Chris Miller (@cmillz11790) September 14, 2017
Beautiful campus. Should have lots of student involvement. #sarcasm
— Mitch Day (@42to3) September 14, 2017
— Brandon Boyd (@brandoninstl) September 14, 2017
The best show ESPN has and wasting a week…. won't be getting up early for this…
— Barry Brennan (@brennan310) September 14, 2017
— CFBtakes (@CFBtakes) September 14, 2017
— Brandon Golden (@bobogolden) September 14, 2017
gameday going to broadcast from NYC just to say they did? Bc for the life of me I can't really think of any reason for being there otherwise
— Tony Simms (@R33S33) September 14, 2017
Of other potential host sites, football fans were most shocked that Gameday was turning down the chance to host live from Iowa City, where Iowa would be preparing to face off against Penn State in a Big Ten matchup with potentially huge ramifications.
You chose that over Penn State vs Iowa… Were about to see college gameday go downwards ????
— Cade Kirkpatrick (@Kirkp4trick) September 14, 2017
You really pass up Iowa City?
— Jake Steinberg (@STEINBERG5) September 14, 2017
Go to Iowa City pic.twitter.com/Dc12OnoDfK
— Chase Fuller (@Chase12Fuller) September 14, 2017
With so many detractors and no inherent fan base to pull from, it will be interesting to see what type of crowd Gameday is able to draw. That said, to any New York college football fans looking to get noticed, start working on your signs now.