LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- University of Louisville students are getting ready for the university's first ever ESPN College GameDay, and they are more than excited.
UofL student Ben Fowler said, "We’re going to see if the hype is real with the team and I hope it is."
It was a sea of red outside the stadium Friday while crowds gathered and people played games.
"College GameDay... it’s the first time it’s here in the city,” fan Gary Budd said.
ESPN College GameDay made its Louisville debut Friday afternoon right outside the stadium. The production proved to be as big as the fans' love of their team.
Marching Cards led the show with the university's fight song, while the cheerleaders pumped up the crowd and Louie, well, he was a little busy booing FSU, but he was there too.
"This is definitely going to be one of those weekends you remember because if you're a Louisville fan you really haven't had that many big games, and finally you're getting the big, big games,” Fowler said.
Saturday's game is certainly considered a big one and the crowd is ready.
Many of the fans said GameDay has always been part of their Saturday routine and now they're looking forward to being part of the production.
Budd said, "You always see it on Saturdays. I mean, it’s the first thing you do during football season, you get up and watch College GameDay, but now you're actually here and you can be part of it. It’s just, it’s big. I think it’s big for our city."
Fans can line up as early as 4 a.m. Saturday at Gate 1. GameDay will start filling in fans and students at 5 a.m.