Preparing for College GameDay: What you need to know

Friday, February 3, 2012 | 2:56 p.m. CST; updated 3:50 p.m. CST, Saturday, February 4, 2012
Trevor Mallard (in chair) watches as Jake Kraus, Eddie Kraus, Anders Aarhus and Brandon Weiss set up their tent near Mizzou Arena on Friday. The students join the ranks of others who have been camping as early as Wednesday night.

COLUMBIA — ESPN "College GameDay" is back in Columbia for the sold-out basketball match-up between the Missouri Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday.

Here is a rundown of need-to-know information about the event.

"GameDay" is free for the public to attend, with Mizzou Arena's doors opening at 7 a.m. on Saturday. Students who attend "GameDay" with their game ticket and MU student ID will be given a numbered wristband. The students will keep their place for priority entry at the game if they return to their spot in line after "GameDay." The game starts at 8 p.m.

Some students have already pitched tents outside the arena to ensure they get the best seats possible for "GameDay." The most coveted seats are the 250 located behind the set of the telecast, which begins broadcasting at 9 a.m.

For those waiting in line tomorrow, the MU Athletics Department will provide free coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts, in addition to concessions stands inside the arena at the north, south, east and west concourses. State Farm Insurance Co. and ESPN will also sponsor giveaways prior to the broadcast, and one MU student will have a chance to win $18,000.

All parking will be free for "GameDay." General public parking will be in Lot M on the east side of the Hearnes Center, with handicap-accessible parking in Lot I to the north of Mizzou Arena.

Additional parking will be available in the Maryland Avenue Garage, level 3 and above.

However, parking will be restricted in all other lots and season ticket holders' parking permits will not be valid for the "GameDay" broadcast. Full parking information can be found on the Mizzou Tigers website.

Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear gold during both "GameDay" and the game itself.

Missouri Student Association Student Body President Xavier Billingsley sent a mass email to MU students today imploring them to represent their school in a respectful manner this weekend.

"Each of us has the ability to uphold our university's core values, the most basic of all commitments to Mizzou," Billingsley said in his email. "This week, I ask you to keep that in mind."

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