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Eastern to host Portland St. at Qwest Field

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CHENEY, Wash. - The Eastern Washington University football team will play five home games in the 2009 season, and one of them will take place across the Cascade Mountains on Halloween Day.

The Eagles will host Portland State on Oct. 31 in a Big Sky Conference game that begins at 1 p.m. at Qwest Field in Seattle. It's believed to be the first time in Eastern's 100-year football history that it has played a game in Seattle. The Eagles will play their first game in the Puget Sound area since Oct. 30, 1982, when Eastern won at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

Eastern will also play home games against Western Oregon (Sept. 5), Northern Colorado (Sept. 19), Weber State (Oct. 10) and Montana State (Oct. 24) at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash.

There are nearly 11,000 Eastern alumni who reside in the Puget Sound area in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. More than 16,000 reside west of the Cascade Mountains. Among current Eastern students, nearly 1,500 are from King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, and a total of nearly 2,500 are from cities west of the Cascade Mountains.

"We are excited to be able to bring Eagle football to Seattle where we have a tremendous alumni base," said Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves. "The game will also afford our team the opportunity to play in an NFL stadium."

Ticket prices for the EWU-PSU game, as well as season tickets for the four home games in Cheney, will be announced at a later date.

Eastern's season-opening game with Western Oregon on Sept. 5 has been tentatively scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m. Pacific time, while the Northern Colorado and Portland State games have been tentatively scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Times for Weber State and Montana State will be announced.

Following the game against the NCAA Division II Wolves, Eastern will play at Pacific 10 Conference member California on Sept. 12. After hosting Northern Colorado, Eastern will play at Sacramento State on Sept. 26 and Idaho State on Oct. 3.

Eastern plays defending Big Sky Conference co-champions Weber State and Montana on back-to-back games on Oct. 10 and 17, respectively, with the Eagle-Grizzly showdown taking place in Missoula, Mont. Eastern hosts Montana State for Homecoming on Oct. 24 before spending Halloween in Seattle against PSU on Oct. 31.

Following a bye on Nov. 7, Eastern closes the season with a pair of road games -- a non-conference game at Southern Utah on Nov. 14 in Cedar City, Utah, and a league game Nov. 21 at Northern Arizona.

2009 EWU Football Schedule
Date Opponent  Site  Time
Sep. 5 W. Oregon Cheney 6:05 p.m. 
Sep. 12 at California Berkeley, Calif. TBA 
Sep. 19 Northern Colorado Cheney 1:05 p.m.
Sep. 26 at Sacramento St. Sacramento, Calif. 6:05 p.m. 
Oct. 3 at Idaho State Pocatello, Idaho TBA 
Oct. 10 Weber State Cheney TBA 
Oct. 17 at Montana Missoula, Mont. 12:05 p.m. 
Oct. 24 Montana State Cheney TBA 
Oct. 31 Portland State Seattle 1:05 p.m. 
Nov. 7 BYE    
Nov. 14 at Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah 12:05 p.m. 
Nov. 21 at Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. 2:05 p.m. 

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