After nearly 37 days since Alabama won their 23rd SEC championship, the day has finally come for the Alabama Crimson Tide to face off with undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the BCS Championship game. Here are all the details regarding the game, TV and radio coverage and any fan info for those going to Sun Life Stadium:
2013 Discover BCS National Championship
Time: Monday, January 7th, 8:30 ET, 7:30 Central
Matchup: No. 1 Notre Dame (12-0) vs. No. 2 Alabama (12-1, 8-1 SEC).
Series Record: 5-1 Notre Dame leads Alabama (last meeting: 1987)
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL
TV Broadcast Details
ESPN will broadcast the BCS National Championship for the fourth straight year, since signing a contract with the BCS starting with the 2009 games. The game will be simulcast on ESPN Deportes and on ESPN 3D, as well as on WatchESPN for select providers.
Brent Musburger will call the game live from Miami it will be his sixth BCS title game he’s covered, the most by any broadcaster. Kirk Herbstreit will be joining him in the booth for the fourth time covering the national championship game. Sideline reporters will be Heather Cox on the Notre Dame sideline and Tom Rinaldi on Alabama’s. Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer and Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin will be guest analysts on site and the National Coordinator of Officiating, Rogers Redding, will be on hand for the announcers and producers off air to interpret rules.
Coverage begins at 8:00 ET, 7:00 CT. This will be the first college football game broadcast in 5.1 Surround Sound, similar to ESPN’s Monday Night Football games.
Radio Broadcast Details
ESPN Radio will broadcast the game to a national audience live on various radio affiliates. Mike Tirico will have the call along with analyst Todd Blackledge. Holly Rowe and Joe Schad will cover the sidelines on the radio side. For a list the affiliates in your area, check out ESPN’s station finder.
The Crimson Tide Sports Network will broadcast the game as well. Eli Gold will have the call from Sun Life Stadium with color analyst Phil Savage. Chris Stewart will provide the sideline coverage and Tyler Watts and Tom Robbins will provide pre and post game coverage. For a list of affiliates of the CTSN, visit their website.
Game Day Details
In regards to parking, be prepared to produce your tickets to the game when you are parking at the stadium. Those without tickets are not allowed to park at Sun Life Stadium, and cars with patrons not attending the game are not allowed to park at the stadium as well. Most lots will open at 1:00pm, others an hour later.
Sun Life Stadium doesn’t allow the following items into the venue:
- Bags and large purses (items larger than 8-1/2″ x 11″)
- Plastic Bags
- Any plastic liquid container with the seal broken (1 16 oz water bottle with unbroken seal permitted)
- Glass bottles
- Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs
- Bottles, jugs, thermoses, cans, coolers or other hard containers
- Whistles, horns or other noise makers
- Weapons of any kind
- Regulation size baseball bats
- Poles or brooms
- Laser pointers
- Beach balls
- All hard fruits (permitted if cut into small portions)
For more info on game day, visit the Sun Life Stadium website.
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