College GameDay To Visit Fanless Winston Salem For Clemson, Wake Forest

There won’t be any fans in attendance for Clemson’s opening game against Wake Forest next weekend but that won’t stop ESPN’s College Gameday from making an appearance there.

GameDay will broadcast next weekend from Winston-Salem‘s Truist Field for the season opener with Wake Forest, and just like the game kicking off at 7:30 p.m. that night on ABC, it will not have fans in-person to hold up signs, cheer, and boo Reece Davis, Lee Corso, David Pollack, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor, Desmond Howard, and the rest of the gang.

The backdrop will feature cutouts of fans instead of the normally wild crowds. As far as the iconic signs go, Wake Forest had this to say,

“Interested in seeing your homemade sign on College GameDay? Fans may drop off signs beginning Monday, Sept. 7 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at two locations in Winston-Salem, the Bridger Field House adjacent to Truist Field, or at the picnic shelter at Bailey Park in Innovation Quarter. Fans who are unable to drop off a sign in person may mail their sign to Wake Forest Athletics at PO BOX 7426, Winston-Salem, NC 27109.” 

“All signs must be received by Noon on Friday in order to guarantee their placement for the show. Wake Forest maintains full discretion in choosing which signs will be approved for placement in the Demon Deaclone pit.”

This is the 14th time College GameDay has been on a college campus of a Clemson game. The last on-campus GameDay visit for the Tigers was also their ACC and season opener last year against Georgia Tech in a special Thursday edition. Winston-Salem will be the 90th city to host the traveling college football pregame show. 

Wake Forest’s associate athletics director for fan experience and sales, Rhett Hobart said, “Obviously it’s going to be a whole new ‘College GameDay’ experience, but we’re going to try to create the best possible experience for our Wake Forest fans, Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and the entire Winston-Salem community,”

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