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Want to be on College GameDay on Saturday? Prepare for an early wake-up call

AUSTIN (KXAN) — What time is it for college football fans? We are about to find out.

College game day arrives in Austin for the most anticipated college football game of the week, between the Longhorns and the Crimson Tide, a show known for getting fans out of bed before sunrise so they can be on the television.

The live show on the lawn in front of the LBJ Fountain starts at 8am local time, and if you want to be one of the first fans allowed into “The Pit” – the area behind the show – go to bed early Friday evening.

ESPN’s production team will start lining up in the pits at 4 a.m. Saturday, so maybe people aren’t even in bed before they line up for the first college gaming experience in Austin. since 2019. Fans will be allowed in at 5:30 a.m. 500 early birds, Rudy’s BBQ will be handing out free tacos for breakfast.

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The show will take place on the LBJ lawn from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by the final hour of the show at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium. Celebrity College Game Day will be live and recorded on the lawns Friday and Saturday. The newest addition to the crew, former West Virginia and NFL punter Pat McAfee, will be on set Friday for an hour-long “The Pat McAfee Show” from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Pit encourages quirky, witty signs and the wearing of school colors, but Know the rules before you go. Here is a brief overview described on the GameDay website:

  • no signs of vulgarity
  • No advertising for .com, .net or .org sites
  • No political or religious themes
  • Signs cannot be on poles or oversized

The GameDay website says production crews will inspect and approve all signs before entering the stands.

The show was Austin’s last in 2019, when Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers came to town to beat Sam Ellinger and the Longhorns 45-38.

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