Damage expected to Francis Quadrangle from ESPN's 'GameDay' events

Thursday, October 21, 2010 | 5:30 p.m. CDT; updated 9:43 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 21, 2010
The crew sets up for ESPN's "College GameDay" on Thursday. It takes two days to set up for the event which will take place on the Francis Quadrangle on Saturday.

COLUMBIA – MU crews have been grooming Francis Quadrangle in preparation for ESPN's "GameDay" broadcast – and anticipating the aftermath.

"GameDay" at Nebraska drew a record 15,808 fans, according to MU.


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The MU quadrangle can hold up to 24,000.

Rain, which is predicted for Saturday, could put extra strain on the turf at the historic site on top of the crowd expected for the MU broadcast.

Karlan Seville of MU Campus Facilities said ESPN agreed to place mats under its equipment to help protect the grass. She expects damage, especially if it rains, but can't anticipate the extent.

Crews will assess the quadrangle on Monday and determine whether there's any need for new sod or reseeding, Seville said.

"There is not a whole lot we can do," she said. "We'll just take care of it afterward."

Campus crews have turned off the sprinkler system to ensure nobody gets sprayed, removed the perimeter chains so nobody stands on them and is striving to make sure the grounds are up to par for the national TV coverage.

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