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Sept. 27, 2006

UI’s Hubbard Park Site Of ESPN Visit

Hubbard Park, located just south of the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus, will serve as the primary location for "ESPN GameDay" coverage and several other ESPN television and radio programs leading up to the Iowa-Ohio State University football game Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

Several equipment and satellite trucks are expected to begin arriving at the site Thursday and will assemble the "ESPN GameDay" set Thursday and Friday.

“ESPN GameDay" hosts Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will broadcast from Hubbard from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (local time) on Friday and again from 9 to 11 a.m. (local time) Saturday before moving to Kinnick Stadium for further coverage. Also Saturday, ESPN's "GameDay" radio show, which features hosts Dave Revson, Gerry DiNardo and Todd McShay, will broadcast live from the park from noon until 7 p.m.

Gates to the "ESPN GameDay" site will open no earlier than 3 p.m. Friday and no earlier than 7 a.m. Saturday. No camping is allowed in or around the park.

Fans are encouraged to display flags, banners and placards that show their support for the Iowa Hawkeyes during the “ESPN GameDay” broadcasts. However, all attendees will be required to pass through a checkpoint to enter the park Friday and Saturday and will be prohibited from bringing in certain items, including:

* Alcohol

* Bottles or cans

* Backpacks

* Vulgar signs or erasable white boards

A pep rally will immediately follow Friday's ESPN GameDay broadcast session. It is expected to feature Gary Dolphin, the radio voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes; Ed

Podolak; the UI Marching Band; cheerleaders; dance squad; Herky and other special guests.

"We're excited about the national attention ESPN's coverage of the Iowa-Ohio State game is bringing to the University of Iowa, Iowa City and the Iowa Memorial Union," said Student Services Associate Vice President David Grady. "This is a great opportunity to showcase our remarkable campus and our remarkable students and fans."

UI officials note that Hubbard Park is located less than five minutes away from Downtown Iowa City and near a wide variety of public parking opportunities on campus and in Iowa City.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen J. Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu