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College Game Day prepares for Saturday's game on UW-Madison campus


Madison (WKOW) -- Officials from ESPN are working on the final touches to their College Game Day stage, getting ready to put UW-Madison on the national stage for the Badgers vs. Ohio State game Saturday.

The stage, along with other equipment including Coca-Cola bleachers, is being set up on Bascom Hill.

"We're almost there," said Senior Producer of Operations for College Game Day Judi Weiss. "The stage is done, the screens are done, [Coca-Cola] with the bleachers are getting there."

The last time the show visited UW Madison was in 2011, when the Badgers faced Nebraska.

"It was a beautiful show, weather was great, crowd was great, it was really exciting," said Weiss.

After traveling from last week's game in Texas, Weiss says "the wear and tear of a 15-week season, gets difficult." Transporting six semi trucks to each location, including four staging trucks, a TV production van, and a generator box truck that serves as Game Day office for the week. 

"It's a lot of equipment, a lot of equipment goes into this show. We don't have a A Unit and a B Unit on the west coast, it's the same group of trucks and crew that go place to place," said Weiss.

The show's sponsor Home Depot, brings in about five to ten student volunteers to assist with the production.

But, once everything is set up, Weiss says watching the crowd gather on Saturday's makes the job worth while.

"I'm just looking forward to the fans coming out, come out enjoy, embrace your school spirit, embrace the fact that we don't come to your university every year, every week."

In addition to setting up the main stage, crews also set up an emergency storm location, in case of bad weather.

WXOW-TV will carry the Wisconsin-Ohio State game Saturday night.

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