Photo essay: ESPN’s College GameDay comes to College Park for first time since 2005

Rece Davis, LaPhonso Ellis, Seth Greenberg, and Jay Bilas, the cast members of ESPN's College GameDay, go live in Xfinity Center on Feb. 29, 2020. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

College Park hosted ESPN’s College GameDay on February 29, 2020, ahead of #9 Maryland’s match up against #24 Michigan State. The program has only been hosted at the University of Maryland once before: in 2005, when the Terps were set to play against Duke.

Students were able to line up outside of Xfinity Center starting at 6 a.m., while doors opened at 9:30 a.m. The show went live at 11 a.m. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

 

Rece Davis, LaPhonso Ellis, and Seth Greenberg gesture at the stands of Maryland fans behind them before the show began on the morning of Feb. 29, 2020. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)
The Maryland dance team performed before the show. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)
Fans sway before the start of show. Many students brought posters and wore outfits to show their support for the Maryland men’s basketball team. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)
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Members of the Maryland dance team perform a routine in Xfinity Center on Feb. 29, 2020. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)
Rece Davis, LaPhonso Ellis, Seth Greenberg, and Jay Bilas watch as students practice lighting up the arena with their cell phone flashlights. Show organizers led students in several practice runs before instructing them to do the real thing during the show. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)
The cast of ESPN’s College GameDay look at the variety of posters created by the Maryland students in support of the men’s basketball team. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)
As ESPN’s College GameDay goes live, students light up the arena behind the cast. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

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