by: Natasha Chen Updated:SEATTLE —
Fans of both the University of Washington and the University of Oregon football teams packed Red Square on the UW campus Saturday morning to be part of an unprecedented ESPN "College GameDay."
Saturday was the first time ESPN chose to feature a game in Seattle for the show.
Fans started lining up to be at the front of the crowd as early as 8 p.m. Friday night. Most of them had not slept, in preparation for the show's start time of 6 a.m.
"This is so huge, as an alum. I was saying the whole time, I'm so jealous that this didn't happen when I was a student. Just the recognition for UW as a school nationally is incredible," said Mindi McCallihan.
McCallihan had arrived at 1 a.m. to make signs to share with the crowd. Creative sayings and fun jabs, mostly directed at the Oregon ducks, were placed strategically to catch the eyes of viewers across the nation.
One young fan, however, was holding his sign all the way at the back of the crowd. It read: "Dad's a Dawg, Mom's a Duck. Sorry, Mom."
Graham Peterson said that he woke up at 4:30 a.m. with his family to be part of the festivities.
"All the fans, all the signs, really loud, really fun," he said.
He also said that he wanted to go to UW. But his mom, Kelly Peterson, still rooted for her Ducks.
She said that the exposure was good for both teams: "I think it's great for the Pac-12. I think it's well deserved. They spend a lot of time on the East Coast and I think it's finally our chance."