(Editor’s note: Big Sky Conference media release)

OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky Conference’s annual Football Kickoff media event will be moving to Spokane for 2018 and 2019 after being previously hosted in Park City, Utah.

“Spokane is a great fit for our Football Kickoff,” said Big Sky Commissioner Andrea Williams. “The media coverage in Spokane will create more exposure to the Big Sky and our member institutions. Spokane has a history of putting on world-class events and we look forward to working with the Spokane Sports Commission and city to showcase the Football Kickoff and start the season.”

The two-day event will change hotel locations each year as the Doubletree by Hilton City Center will be hosting on July 15-16, 2018 and the Davenport Grand will be the site of the 2019 Football Kickoff on July 14-15. The Football Kickoff will feature two players from each school as well every team’s head coach. The Spokane Sports Commission will assist in running the Football Kickoff.

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“It’s an honor to host the 2018 and 2019 Big Sky Football Kickoff, said Eric Sawyer, CEO/President of the Spokane Sports Commission. “Helping to set in motion another season of what is arguably the greatest FCS Conference in the Country is something we are looking forward to in our community. The road to the FCS Championship starts in Spokane!”

The two-day kickoff event will include opportunities for media to interview student-athletes and coaches one-on-one as well as player production shots and video components. Additionally, the Big Sky will be streaming interviews with each school’s head coach and student-athletes on PlutoTV.

The Big Sky football schedule will have a different look in 2018. The league will welcome back the University of Idaho, as North Dakota transitions out of the league and will compete as an FCS Independent the next two seasons. The Vandals were members of the conference in football from 1965-95. The University of Idaho is currently a Big Sky member in all other sports except football.

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