Eric Church To Be Special Guest On ESPN’s College GameDay This Weekend For Rivalry Game Between Duke And North Carolina

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At least there’s no concert this weekend…

North Carolina native Eric Church was just announced as the special guest on ESPN’s College GameDay (the college basketball edition) this weekend, as they head to Chapel Hill for what’s always a heated Tobacco Road rivalry game between the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels.

He’ll join the set live to discuss the game, the college basketball season as a whole, and much more…

And I’m sure they’ll have to ask him about that wild Final Four game he witnessed in-person between the longtime rivals last year, too.

The game will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN Saturday evening.

If you recall during last year’s March Madness tournament, Eric canceled a concert in San Antonio, Texas pretty last minute to attend the game with his family, after he realized the two longtime, arch-rivals would be facing off in the semi-final round for the first time ever.

Of course, fans who were supposed to be at that concert were rightfully pissed, though Eric did his best to make it up to them with two free shows last September for all of the fans he cancelled on.

Eric’s an Appalachian State grad, but unfortunately, also a die-hard Carolina fan (I can say that because I’m an App State alum, too), so it was a natural pick for ESPN to have him on the show. I think we already know who he has winning this game, too.

He previously joined as a guest picker for the flagship college football edition of GameDay back in 2019.

Eric is also gearing up to hit the road for his The Outsiders Revival Tour this summer, and luckily all of his festival dates and shows don’t start until well after the tournament is over, kicking off his 2023 run on April 14th.

Though Eric was (kind of) saved from eternal scorn when the Tar Heels managed to advance to the National Championship game (and lose to Kansas) in 2022, I have a feeling the 2023 tour scheduling was planned very intentionally this year…

Eric Church 2023 Tour Dates

* denotes festival dates

April 14*   Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Fort Lauderdale Beach Park               Tortuga Music Festival
June 16*    Central Point, Ore. / Jackson County Expo                           Rogue Music Festival
June 17*    Santa Rosa, Calif. / Sonoma County Fairgrounds                 Country Summer Music Festival
June 22     Milwaukee, Wisc. / AF Insurance Amphitheater                    Elle King
June 23     Detroit, Mich. / Pine Knob Music Theatre                             Ashley McBryde, The Red Clay Strays
June 24     Cleveland, Ohio / Blossom Music Center                              Ashley McBryde, The Red Clay Strays
June 29     Charleston, S.C. / Credit One Stadium                                  Ashley McBryde, The Red Clay Strays
June 30     Charleston, S.C. / Credit One Stadium                                  Parker McCollum, Morgan Wade
July 1      Virginia Beach, Va. /                                                                Parker McCollum, Morgan Wade
July 6      Toronto, Ontario / Budweiser Stage                                       Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith & The Saints
July 7      Toronto, Ontario / Budweiser Stage                                       Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith & The Saints
July 8      Pittsburgh, Pa. / The Pavilion at Star Lake                              Koe Wetzel, Shane Smith & The Saints
July 14     Cincinnati, Ohio / Riverbend Music Center                           Travis Tritt, Muscadine Bloodline
July 15     St Louis, Mo. / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre                   Travis Tritt, Muscadine Bloodline
July 23*    Minot, N.D. / North Dakota State Fairgrounds                     North Dakota State Fair
July 27     Rogers, Ark. / Walmart AMP                                                  Midland, Ray Wylie Hubbard
July 28     Dallas, Texas / Dos Equis Pavilion                                           Midland, Ray Wylie Hubbard
July 29     Austin, Texas / Germania Insurance Amphitheater                Midland, Ray Wylie Hubbard
Aug. 4      Raleigh, N.C. / Coastal Credit Union Music Park                   Cody Jinks
Aug. 5      Bristow, Va. / Jiffy Lube Live                                                  Cody Jinks
Aug. 11     Indianapolis, Ind. / Ruoff Music Center                                Cody Jinks
Aug. 12     Chicago, Ill. / Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre                   Cody Jinks
Aug. 13*    Des Moines, Iowa / Iowa State Fairgrounds                        Iowa State Fair
Aug. 17     Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater                    Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean
Aug. 18     Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater                    Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean
Aug. 19     Orange Beach, Ala. / The Wharf Amphitheater                    Lainey Wilson, Jackson Dean
Aug. 24     Sarasota Springs, N.Y. / Saratoga Performing Arts Center  Lainey Wilson, The Red Clay Strays
Aug. 25     Holmdel, N.J. / PNC Bank Arts Center                                 Whiskey Myers
Aug. 26     Philadelphia, Pa. / Freedom Mortgage Pavilion                  Whiskey Myers
Sept. 8     Portland, Ore. / RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater            Jelly Roll, Hailey Whitters
Sept. 9     George, Wash. / Gorge Amphitheatre                                 Jelly Roll, Hailey Whitters
Sept. 10    George, Wash. / Gorge Amphitheatre                                Jelly Roll, Hailey Whitters
Sept. 15    Albuquerque, N.M. / Isleta Amphitheater                          Paul Cauthen, Hailey Whitters
Sept. 16    Phoenix, Ariz. / Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre            Jelly Roll, Paul Cauthen
Sept. 21    Atlanta, Ga. / Ameris Bank Amphitheatre                          Whiskey Myers
Sept. 22    Atlanta, Ga. / Ameris Bank Amphitheatre                          Whiskey Myers
Sept. 23    Charlotte, N.C. / PNC Music Pavilion                                 Whiskey Myers
Sept. 24    Charlotte, N.C. / PNC Music Pavilion                                  Whiskey Myers
Sept. 29    West Palm Beach, Fla. / iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre     Whiskey Myers
Sept. 30    Tampa, Fla. / MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre      Whiskey Myers
Oct. 7*     Bristol, Tenn. / Bristol Motor Speedway                             Country Thunder Bristol
Oct. 15*    Sacramento, Calif. / Discovery Park                                   GoldenSky Festival

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