ESPN Sportscenter anchor Jaymee Sire is from Montana and attended Washington State University, but she hadn’t experienced Hoopfest until this weekend.
“I’d always heard about my classmates talking about how awesome it is, but I’d always go home for the summers,” said Sire. “So, this is my first one. I’m super excited about it, just to see the magnitude of the people.”
Sire and co-anchor Matt Barrie will be broadcasting live on Sunday morning from 7-10 a.m. from their location at Stevens and Spokane Falls Boulevard.
Crews have been busy assembling the set on Saturday and the team was gathering content for the show. Sire had an interview with Seahawk Bruce Irvin, who drew a crowd. Barrie was impressed at the enthusiasm of both the players and spectators.
“My first thing was how are you going to fit 225,000 people in one area and how do you have 7,000 teams,” said Barrie. “Now that I see it, it’s an incredible setup. It looks like it’s going to be an incredible event. You can tell how passionate people are about it.”
The show will feature special guests, including several former Gonzaga players. Sire’s already confirmed via social media that the WSU flag, which is a staple in crowds at ESPN’s College Gameday stops, will be there on Sunday.
Sire and Barrie are hoping that Sunday’s show will have a similar feel and energy to Gameday. The road trip is the first of five this summer that ESPN will be doing. Fans who are on location will have the opportunity to be seen on national TV.
“Be loud and come out,” urged Barrie. “They’re going to move us off set, we’ve got a bunch of special stuff set up. We’re going to get out and be part of the action, right down there in the middle of it. So, come out, have fun and be on TV!”