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From Fargo To Fairways: College GameDay Makes New Memories At the Masters

Augusta National Golf Club is the latest unique venue for GameDay, which has been seemingly everywhere throughout the years

This weekend’s College GameDay show will be one for the books – and maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

With the sports calendar shifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Masters Tournament – typically held in April at Augusta National Golf Club – is being played this week. A November Masters and a college football Saturday? It’s a match made in sports heaven.

“The Club has been nothing but great from the moment we approached them,” Senior Vice President, Production, and former GameDay producer Lee Fitting told Richard Deitsch of The Athletic. “They have been overly accommodating, overly enthusiastic, and willing to sort of push the envelope with this idea. [Augusta National] Chairman [Fred] Ridley is a big college football fan, a big [Florida] Gators fan, and is totally supportive and behind the idea. All our ideas have been entertained, and we’ve talked through them collectively. It’s just been an unbelievable partnership.”

The full story on how this came to be can be read here.

As GameDay is set to originate from the Par 3 course at Augusta National, Front Row looks at some of the other unique sites the show has visited in the photoplay below.

Shelby L. Lacy produced the video.


BEALE STREET, MEMPHIS, TENN. – Nov. 2, 2019


Fans crowd Memphis streets for College GameDay. (Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

MAGIC KINGDOM AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT, ORLANDO, FLA. – Aug. 24, 2019

(L-R) Desmond Howard, Rece Davis, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit join Disney characters on the set of College GameDay (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)

NFL DRAFT, DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE, TENN. – April 25, 2019

(L-R) Desmond Howard; Rece Davis; Lee Corso; Kirk Herbstreit
(Allen Kee/ESPN Images)

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY – Sept. 23, 2017

Maria Taylor (L) and David Pollack (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)

BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY, BRISTOL, TENN. – Sept. 10, 2016

(L-R) Desmond Howard, Rece Davis, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit
(Allen Kee/ESPN Images)

LAMBEAU FIELD, GREEN BAY, WIS. – Sept. 3, 2016

Rece Davis (L) and Kirk Herbstreit (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)

FARGO THEATRE, FARGO, N.D. – Sept. 21, 2013

Fans watch from atop the Fargo Theatre.
(Allen Kee/ESPN Images)

USS SAN DIEGO, SAN DIEGO NAVAL BASE, SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – Nov. 10, 2012

Fans on the set (Scott Clarke/ESPN Images)

WRIGLEY FIELD, CHICAGO, ILL. – NOV. 20, 2010

(L-R) Desmond Howard; Chris Fowler; Lee Corso; Kirk Herbstreit
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