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Downtown’s Sundance Square spent a fair amount of time preppin’ the piazza for a small-screen debut. Superstar sports channel ESPN plunked down its famed College GameDay broadcast booth right in the heart of our beloved Square, from which it officially launched this year’s college football season.

“College GameDay Built by The Home Depot” (quite the moniker, we agree!) churned out its content Saturday, Aug. 30, ahead of this year’s Cowboys Classic, the widely watched annual matchup that pitted defending national champ Florida State against Oklahoma State. The game took place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. “SportsCenter” and “College Football Live” segments also hit the airwaves via the Sundance Square set Aug. 29. Although we don’t know the exact number, Sundance officials were hoping to host a 10,000-person crowd.

By the way, Sundance is already squaring up for the soon-to-kick-off college football closer. Slated for Jan. 12. at AT&T Stadium, the game will hold the distinct honor of being the first-ever College Football National Championship. And from the buzz we’ve heard bandied about in local circles, this ESPN broadcast might very well trump the one Sundance hosted for the Super Bowl. (But, we hope, minus the ice-covered streets and frigid temps that left folks shivering and production crews scrambling in a city not exactly renowned for extreme Nordic wintertimes.)