Sundance Square familiar turf for College GameDay this season

ESPN’s Emmy Award-winning College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will begin and end the 2014 season from Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. College football’s longest running and most celebrated pregame show (Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon ET) will open on August 30 in advance of the Cowboys Classic. College GameDay will make its final stop of the year from Sundance Square to preview the inaugural College Football National Championship, set to be played on ESPN Monday, Jan. 12, from AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas.

The annual opening weekend neutral-site matchup, also from AT&T Stadium, will pit the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday Night Football as part of DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week at 8 p.m. on ABC.

ESPN’s College GameDay travels to Sundance Square in the footsteps of the network’s Super Bowl (2011) and Final Four (2014) coverage (see gallery above).

Hosted by Chris Fowler, the GameDay team consists of analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack with reporting by Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, Scott Van Pelt and Gene Wojciechowski.

“We are excited to open the season from Sundance Square, and end it there in January for the inaugural College Football National Championship,” said Herbstreit. “Texas is a great football state and the matchup of defending national champion Florida State against an upset-minded Oklahoma State will make for one of the top games of the weekend.”

Fowler added, “Fort Worth showed us great hospitality during College GameDay’s previous visit to TCU in 2009, and we look forward returning to Sundance twice this season.”

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