Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and LaPhonso Ellis hosted ESPN’s College GameDay at 11 a.m. in the University of Dayton’s Frericks Athletic and Convocation Center.
WATCH our coverage of the event on News Center 7 here
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The event was full of excitement and Flyer spirit as crowds of people gathered to wait in line for College GameDay's first-ever visit to an Atlantic 10 school.
The @espn #CollegeGameday bus is here for @univofdayton @DaytonMBB!!!— Ronnell Hunt - WHIO TV (@RHuntTV) March 7, 2020
CAN YOU FEEL THE ENERGY!!! pic.twitter.com/tbHHI7BdIk
Students and fans waited outside the doors for hours, some even woke at 5:30 a.m., ready to experience part of one of the biggest basketball weekends at UD.
UD sophomore, Nick Woodhull, is one of the many who woke up early in preparation for today’s event.
“It’s wild, it’s electric, you could feel it on campus all week,” he said.
“This celebration is for you, alright? So let’s enjoy this.” Coach Grant personally delivers a message to the UD kiddos lined up outside the Frericks Center for @CollegeGameDay. @WHIORadio @whiotv #LOWD #JoinTheFight https://t.co/zCvDTDrrX5— John Bedell (@JBedellWHIO) March 7, 2020
Fans were able to begin piling into the building around 9:30 a.m.
Even the Dayton Police Department made an appearance and was acknowledged at the beginning of College GameDay.
The broadcast was one of several events that will have the campus buzzing March 6 through 8.
Almost time for the halftime shot competition!!@SCudahyWHIO @JMaagWHIO#ESPNGameday #CollegeGameday pic.twitter.com/XXD7AKEfoN— Ronnell Hunt - WHIO TV (@RHuntTV) March 7, 2020
The A 10 Conference held its women's basketball championship at UD Arena on Friday and Saturday. The championship game is on Sunday at noon. ESPNU will televise it.
Saturday evening, the third-ranked Flyer men's team will close out the regular season at 7 p.m. ET at the Arena.
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Dayton and Gonzaga are the only two schools whose men's and women's basketball programs have sole possession of first place in the regular season in their respective conferences (A 10 and West Coast).
Flyer spirit is in no short supply at the campus as one of UD’s biggest basketball weekends is in place.
Here are some of the rules involved for the College GameDay visit:
• Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Doors open at 9:30 a.m. ET.
• Fans will be permitted to begin lining up at 7:30 a.m.
• Please be advised, it is possible the Frericks Center reaches capacity before all fans wishing to attend are admitted. The Division of Athletics will share updates via @DaytonFlyers on Twitter. Fans are encouraged to have plans for alternate viewing location should the Frericks Center hit capacity.
• This is primarily a UD student event.
• The entrance for UD students will be the north entrance (across from the Albert Emmanuel Hall Lawn). Students at this entrance must present a valid UD student ID.
• Students with university issued IDs will have priority access and seating.
• The entrance for the general public will be the main entrance on the west side of the building. UD faculty and staff should enter through the main entrance.
• Fans are encouraged to not bring bags, purses & backpacks to speed up their entry.
• Any fan who exhibits signs of excessive alcohol consumption will not be permitted to enter.
• Parking is limited near the Frericks Center. Fans are encouraged to park in Lot S1 (corner of Stewart and Brown Streets). It is roughly a two-block walk to the Frericks Center.)
• Fans will be limited to one sign per person and any signs containing profanity, political messages or inappropriate content will be removed by event staff.
• Signs on sticks or poles are prohibited