ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Debuted New Show Intro Filmed at Full Sail University

On Saturday, September 3, ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot debuted the show’s opening sequence which was filmed on location at Full Sail University and features multi-platinum country superstars Big & Rich, alongside Cowboy Troy, performing their hit song, ‘Comin’ To Your City.’ This year marks the 25th season for ESPN’s College GameDay, which aired live from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, beginning at 9 a.m. ET on ESPNU and from 10-noon on ESPN.

The production, which consisted of a multiple day setup and live video shoot to support ESPN College GameDay’s opening sequence, was held in June 2011 at Full Sail Studios’ backlot on the university’s campus. During the taping current students participated in various opportunities to receive hands-on experience by working alongside ESPN professionals. This collaboration was part of the ongoing Full Sail University Sports Lab powered by ESPN initiative that was co-launched on the school’s campus late last year.

“When considering a host location for the shoot, Full Sail University was a natural choice because of our evolving relationship with the school,” said David Saphirstein, Director Creative Technology, ESPN. “We knew we wanted a unique setting where we could have the genuine feel of a university, live performance capabilities, and a one-of-a-kind film backlot where we could produce an ESPN caliber production. We ultimately knew that we would have a motivated and eager group of students focused on learning professional production protocol.”

While facets of ESPN’s College GameDay opening remained consistent with past years’ performances, special aspects of this year’s production were revealed to audiences nationwide during the shows premiere including the addition of new analyst and contributor David Pollack. The three-time Emmy-Award winning program will once again feature host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard during the 10-noon hours on ESPN.

“It was an honor for Full Sail to be able to host ESPN for their College GameDay opening sequence shoot and we look forward to more collaborations in the future as part of our Sports Lab initiative,” said Erik Noteboom, Full Sail’s Vice President of Education Operations. “The professionals from ESPN inspired our students and moved through the production with educational spirit and purpose.”

About ESPN Technology:

ESPN Technology develops the ideas and applications that bring the fan closer to the game with new, innovative production enhancements. ESPN’s technology team designed and supports two of the most technologically-advanced production centers in the world, the Digital Center in Bristol, Conn. and the Los Angeles Production Center which is the first 1080p capable production facility. In addition, the Emerging Technology Group has developed many on-air advancements over the past 30 years, including ESPN 3D, virtual graphics applications, Huck-O-Meter, and the Emmy-winning EA Virtual Playbook.

About Full Sail University:

Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. In 2011, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.

Full Sail offers Master, Bachelor, and Associate campus and online degree programs in areas related to animation, art, business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.

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