CHENEY, Wash.-- Football season came early for Eastern Washington University on Friday with help from ESPN. The season begins almost one month before classes start.
Football players are gearing up for the biggest game in campus history on Saturday and preparing for the national spotlight. Saturday marks the first time in History an Eastern Washington University Football game has aired on ESPN.
Saturday is also a first for the traveling ESPN production crew.
It takes 65 people and 48 hours to set up for a nationally televised two hour football game. Crews gave KREM 2 News the behind the scenes tour on Friday inside of their technical trucks parked next to the stadium.
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For the first time in more than one decade, ESPN will air a college football game nationally before the collegiate season starts.
“First show of the year,” said ESPN operations producer Kevin Wendling. “We're implementing a lot of new programs back at ESPN that we're testing out at this game and it's all coming together.”
Crews spent Friday practicing and tinkering with equipment.
Meanwhile, EWU football players began mentally preparing on the field. For most, it is the biggest game of their college careers and definitely the biggest game in campus history.
“We are the only two schools that are playing in the country tomorrow,” said EWU’s Athletics Director Bill Chaves, “so we literally own the day in college football.”
The game is sold out.