6 posts categorized "ESPN at Sundance"


Aniston, Sandler among ESPN weekend guests in Fort Worth


9 a.m.: SportsCenter (ESPN). Host: Trey Wingo Analysts: Tedy Bruschi and Steve Young. 

11 a.m.: NFL Matchup (ESPN, airs 6:30 a.m. Sunday) Host: Sal Paolantonio. Analysts: Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski.

5 p.m.: SportsCenter (ESPN). Host: Steve Levy. Analysts: Trent Dilfer and Keyshawn Johnson.  


5 a.m.: Mike & Mike in the Morning (ESPN Radio/ESPN2).

Guests include NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith (8:25 a.m.)

9 a.m.: Sunday NFL Countdown (ESPN) Host: Chris Berman, Analysts: Tom Jackson, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson, Chris Carter, Steve Young, Trent Dilfer, Tedy Bruschi, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

Guests include Jennifer Aniston (10:30 a.m.), Adam Sandler (10:30 a.m.), Jerome Bettis (Noon) and Snoop Dogg (12:15 p.m.)

10 p.m.: SportsCenter (ESPN). Hosts: Steve Levy and Trey Wingo. Analysts: Chris Carter, Trent Dilfer and Keyshawn Johnson. 



Mark Cuban, Tony Dorsett among ESPN's scheduled guests Monday in Fort Worth

ESPN has released its detailed schedule for Monday's broadcasts from Sundance Square, and Tony Dorsett, Mark Cuban and Pat Summerall are on the list of scheduled on-site guests.  ESPN Set 38

Michael Wilbon, Chris Berman and, of course, Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg are among the hosts who will be in downtown Fort Worth.

ESPN television and radio shows will be open for public viewing all week and fans are encouraged to attend. Monday’s schedule (all times CT):


5 a.m.         Mike and Mike in the Morning (ESPN Radio/ESPN2)

 Hosts: Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic

Guests: Sports Illustrated sr. writer Peter King (5:45 a.m., by phone), ESPN sr. NFL writer John Clayton (6:15 a.m., phone), Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons (6:30 a.m., phone), former Packers Super Bowl champion LeRoy Butler (7 a.m., phone), three-time Cowboys Super Bowl champion and ESPN analyst Darren Woodson (7:30 a.m.), and legendary NFL player and broadcaster Pat Summerall (8:30 a.m.)

9 a.m.         First Take / 1st and 10 (ESPN2) **

On-site: Former three-time Pro Bowler Simeon Rice (10:30 a.m.)

9 a.m.         The Herd (ESPN Radio/ESPNU)

Host: Colin Cowherd

Guest: Super Bowl champion quarterback and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer (11:15 a.m., phone) and Super Bowl champion quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner (12:15 p.m., phone)

1 p.m.        Scott Van Pelt Show (ESPN Radio/ESPN2)  

Hosts: Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo

Guests: Super Bowl champion linebacker and ESPN analyst Antonio Pierce (12:30 p.m., phone), Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs (1:15 p.m., phone), former three-time Pro Bowler Simeon Rice (2:30 p.m.) and Hall of Fame Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett (3:30 p.m.)

2 p.m.        SportsCenter Special / NFL Live (ESPN)

Hosts: Mike Tirico and Trey Wingo. Analysts: Jackson, Jaworski and Woodson.

3 p.m.        SportsNation (ESPN2)

 Hosts: Michelle Beadle and Cowherd

Guests: Brothers Remi Ayodele, New Orleans Saints defensive tackle, and Akin Ayodele, Buffalo Bills linebacker, and Dorsett.  

3 p.m.        Pardon the Interruption (ESPN) … to air at 4:30 p.m. **

 On-site: Michael Wilbon

3:30 p.m.    Rome is Burning (ESPN)

 Host: Jim Rome

Guests: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley

5 p.m.        SportsCenter (ESPN)

Host: Greenberg. Analysts: Golic and Schlereth

7 p.m.        SportsCenter (ESPN Deportes)

Host: Ciro Procuna. Analysts: Raul Allegre and Alvaro Martin

8 p.m.        SportsCenter (ESPN) … to air at 10 p.m.

Host: Chris Berman. Analysts: Carter and Schlereth

(Photo of ESPN's demonstration field on Main Street by Brian Luenser.)

ESPN sets draw crowds to downtown Fort Worth

Crowds were out in Sundance Square over the weekend, taking advantage of the awesome weather before Tuesday's cold front roars in.

ESPN's 80 hours of broadcasting are scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. Monday when Mike & Mike in the Morning goes live from the national radio booth on Main Street.

Downtown Fort Worth resident Brian Luenser walked around the ESPN sets with his cameras Saturday evening and captured some nice shots, including this one of Steelers fans Juanita and Miguel Ruiz.  Steeler Fans

View more of his photos here.

A week's worth of fun for visitors with kids

If you are a first-time visitor to Dallas/Fort Worth and are bringing your kids along to enjoy Super Bowl Week, here are some budget-conscious options to see and do during your stay:

Monday, Jan. 31: ESPN at Sundance Square
Starting on Monday, Jan. 31, ESPN will begin 80 hours of live radio and TV programming from downtown Fort Worth, which the pre-eminent sports network is calling home during Super Bowl week. Network executives chose Fort Worth because they said it best captured the North Texas region's Western heritage and modern-day sensibilities. From the popular radio talk show Mike & Mike in the Morning, at 5 a.m., to the network's signature show, SportsCenter, at night, the network offers fans the chance to congregate in Sundance Square to see their favorite ESPN on-air personalities. A demonstration football field made of artificial turf will be on Main Street between Third and Fourth Streets so that ESPN Countdown analysts such as Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson and Tom Jackson can demonstrate plays.
Good to know: Plenty of celebrities will make appearances on ESPN shows, and it's a great chance to ask for autographs and see some of your favorite players in person. Spectators will be allowed in the parking lot to watch SportsCenter and studio shows, but there will be no seating. The ESPN broadcast day will begin at 5 a.m. each weekday beginning Jan. 31, with the Mike & Mike national radio talk show broadcasting from its setup at Fourth and Main Streets, and will conclude at 10 p.m. with SportsCenter from the main stage.
Recommended ages: All
When: Monday, Jan. 31 through Sunday, February 6
Where: Main Street and 4th/6th Streets, Fort Worth
Info: sundancesquare.com
Cost: FREE!


Tuesday, Feb. 1: Pictures and Pages at The Kimbell Art Museum
This free program, which is designed for preschoolers, makes popular children's books the inspiration for conversation and simple art activties. Tuesday's program features a reading of Kevin Henkes’s acclaimed storybook "Kitten’s First Full Moon," which received the 2005 Caldecott Medal, followed by an engaging docent-led tour and a related art activity.
Good to know: Space is limited and advace registration is required. Maximum of 2 children per 1 adult. Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Recommended ages: 4-6
When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, February 1
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792
Info: To register, call 817-332-8451, ext. 297, kimbellart.org
Cost: FREE!

Wednesday, Feb. 2: Fort Worth Zoo
This is one of the best zoos in the country with almost 7,000 animals and 14 major exhibits that are open 365 days a year. The interactive Texas Wild! exhibit, which stretches across more than eight acres, celebrates the Lone Star State's history and the plants and animals of its six distinct geographic regions.
Good to know: Wednesdays are half-price admission.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Where: 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110
Info: www.fortworthzoo.org
Cost: $12; children 3-12 and seniors 65 and up, $9. Wednesdays are half-price admission.

Thursday, Feb. 3: GM Plant Tour
This is the last day to catch the tour of the General Motors plant in Arlington, which produced more than 280,000 Chevy Tahoes and Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades last year. Visitors will tour the plant during working hours when employees will be building new GM sport utility vehicles. They'll also get the opportunity to look at and test drive an assortment of new GM vehicles.
Good to know: GM will allow visitors to bring cameras into the plant. Visitors must wear closed-toe shoes for safety. No open-toe shoes or high heels are allowed in the manufacturing area.
Recommended ages:  Children 7 and older are allowed in manufacturing area.
When: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and again from 5:45 to 8 p.m., Jan. 31 through Feb. 3
Where: 2525 E. Abram Street, Arlington, TX; Enter GM Assembly Plant through Gate 6 off Abram Street.
Info: GM Plant Tour Facebook Page
Cost: FREE! No tickets or reservations are required, but the number of visitors will be limited and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Friday, Feb. 4: Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
The Stock Show will be wrapping up right before the Super Bowl, but if you come in for the weekend, there's still plenty to do and see. What's also great is that admission includes entry into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Cattleraisers Museum. All very family friendly sites!
Good to know: The big rodeo finals are Saturday night, but will probably be sold out, but tickets may still be available for the 2 p.m. Saturday rodeo. If you are a Star-Telegram subscriber, you can get 50% off $16 PRCA Rodeo tickets. If you renew or subscribe at the Star-Telegram booth at the Stock Show, you will also get a free TCU front page poster or T-shirt.
Recommended ages: All
When: Through Feb. 5; event times vary
Where: 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth
Info: 817-877-2400, fwssr.com
Cost: Rodeo tickets (which include grounds admission) are $16-$22. A general admission pass, which gets you into everything but rodeo events, is $10, $5 for children 6-16 and free for kids 5 and under. They are available at (817) 877-2420.

Saturday, Feb. 5: Adventure Asia: Family Day at The Crow
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with family activities including a rabbit petting zoo, art activities, face painting, storytelling, yoga inspired by the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, a lion dance at 1 p.m. and more!
Good to know: Enjoy complimentary samples of delicious Chinese candies and green and bubble teas, and learn all about the origin of bubble teas. Complimentary supplies limited. (Full-sized beverages will be available for $3.)
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, February 5
Where: Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201(Between Harwood and Olive)
Info: 214-979-6430, crowcollection.org
Cost: FREE!

Sunday, Feb. 6: Super Bowl Sunday: Whether you are tailgaiting, going to a party or hanging at the stadium, tell us about it! On Twitter, follow our Super Bowl coverage @dfwsuperbowl and tweet your Super Sunday experiences using #sbst. Best tweet gets an iPod Touch.

--Maricar Estrella


ESPN begins building main stage in downtown Fort Worth

The two 18-wheelers arrived right on schedule in downtown Fort Worth this morning, signaling the start of preparations for ESPN's stay in Sundance Square during Super Bowl week.

Mike Feinberg, the sports network's studio director, watched as crews prepared to fold out the sets that will form the main stage and virtual stage for ESPN's TV broadcasts from the Chisholm Trail parking lot.

Workers using what looked to be like the longest tape measures known to man -- or home improvement stores -- calculated more than once exactly where the sets would be positioned so that changes would not have to be made.  ESPN 06

Feinberg said that the Sun Tracker app is being used to follow the movement of the sun during the day over the parking lot so that TV personalities and their celebrity guests will be cast in the best light for TV viewers around the country.

"We also take into account the reflection from the windows [in the D.R. Horton and Wells Fargo glass towers]," Feinberg said.

The main stage is angled so that the primary camera shot shows the Chisholm Trail mural depicting Fort Worth's western heritage and the glass City Center towers that represent the city today.

Feinberg said that a local nursery is delivering live oaks and evergreen shrubs in 45 gallon planters to add color to the boundaries inside the perimeter of the parking lot.  

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-- Pete Alfano


ESPN has big plans for Fort Worth when Super Bowl arrives

ESPN, as it turns out, is moving to Fort Worth -- well, for a week or so, sort of, in early February.

The network, as everyone knows, will anchor its coverage from downtown's Sundance Square during Super Bowl week. It all starts with Mike & Mike in the Morning at 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, and runs through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6.

With kickoff only 52 days away, ESPN is now finalizing logistics for the massive move south. Espn-demo

The network plans to use a "skycam" suspended about 50 feet above its entire downtown footprint, according to Chris Gavras , a spokesman for Touchdown Fort Worth, who spoke to a Star-Telegram advertising group Wednesday.

In addition, ESPN plans to place a camera on the fifth floor of the Burk Burnett Building, overlooking the main set in the Chisholm Trail parking lot. 

And a secondary studio will be built on the west side of the Jett Building at Third and Main (home to 95.9 The Ranch radio) for The Scott Van Pelt (radio) Show, which airs at noon CST weekdays.

The live broadcasts, however, are only part of ESPN's plans for the city. 

Gavras said the network will bring dozens of employees down from Bristol, Conn., for the game, including ESPN and ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer.

Major advertisers will follow the network's corporate hospitality operation into town, and crews will be in Fort Worth a couple of weeks before Super Bowl week shooting "B" roll at the Fort Worth Stock Show and in other areas.

Oh, and about 100 of the Yanks from Bristol will be wearing custom boots courtesy of Justin Boots; the boots will be delivered when the ESPN crew hits town, just in time to take in a performance of the Stock Show Rodeo.

Gavras also revealed details about local media outlets that are planning to anchor their newscasts in Sundance Square.

Channel 11 had already signed on, but Gavras said Wednesday that Channel 8 will also build a set -- elevated -- in downtown Fort Worth. (Forsaking its glitzy set in downtown Dallas' Victory Plaza. Interesting ...)

So, at any one time, seven or eight live broadcasts could be originating from the site.

Jay Leno's crew --although not Jay himself -- is also scheduled to be in Fort Worth that week, Gavras said.

Where the West begins? How about where the Super Bowl begins?

-- Kathy Vetter

(Photo of ESPN's demonstration field in downtown Phoenix before the 2008 Super Bowl. The demo field in Fort Worth will be on Main Street, with a view of the Tarrant County Courthouse in the background.)