Eastern Washington Eagles Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Aaron Best

Team Mascot: Swoop

Year Opened: 1967

Capacity: 8600

City / State: Cheney / Washington

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Governors Cup

Rival Team: Montana Grizzlies

The Governors Cup between Eastern Washington and Montana is one of the biggest games of the years. The game often has FCS playoff implications, and both bragging rights and the cup are always on the line. You won’t want to miss it when the Eagles take on Montana, so make sure to get tickets when the Grizzlies come to town.

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The Dam Cup

Rival Team: Portland State Vikings

The rivalry between Eastern Washington and Portland State spans across multiple sports, and the winner takes home The Dam Cup. The football rivalry dates back to 1968 and Vikings hold a slim 20-18-1 lead in the all-time rivalry. Make sure to be in attendance when the Eagles take on Portland State as it’s one of the best games of the year.

Eastern Washington Eagles Tailgate Guide


Eastern Washington may not be the biggest school, but it’s certainly home to a big tailgating scene. Eagles fans from all over eastern Washington come out to cheer on the Eagles and tailgate before the game making a trip to Cheney a fun time for anyone who loves college football or tailgating.

All around Roos Field you’ll see Eagles fans dressed head to toe in red and black grilling, drinking, and having fun. There is lots of camaraderie between the fans, and everyone is quite nice as long as you’re wearing EWU colors. Even if you aren’t, don’t be afraid to start up a conversation with Eagles fans as they’re more than happy to talk ball.

Additionally, make sure to take the opportunity to see the band and cheer squad perform at the tailgate before the game. Both groups put on a great show and do an excellent job of creating a spirited atmosphere surrounding the game.

Eastern Washington is home to a fun tailgating experience, so

Check out our in-depth Tailgating guide to the Eastern Washington Eagles’s Stadium, Roos Field! All the best tailgating spots, traditions, & things to do!

arrive early to get the most out of your trip to Cheney.


Parking Lot Cheer and Band Performances

Keep an eye out for Eastern Washington cheer team and band as they perform around the tailgate. Both groups put on a great show and create a fun atmosphere with their performances before the game.

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Stadium Facade

Check out the stadium facade on your way into the stadium, which celebrates the Eagles 2010 national championship as well as the program’s retired numbers. The display is a must-see for Eagles fans as well as an excellent reminder of Eastern Washington’s greatest players and teams.

Where to tailgate

Eastern Washington Eagles Stadium Guide

In Game

Eastern Washington has been one of the most success FCS football programs of late invigorating the fan base and helping create a fun in-game atmosphere. Fans from all over the area come to cheer on the Eagles, and you’ll find a packed crowd when attending a game at Roos Field.

Throughout the game, the fans do an incredible job of showing their support for the Eagles. You’ll hear fans cheering and chanting non-stop, and for the most part, everyone remains standing throughout the game since the student section is at the front of the main stand. The standing is a major contributor to the good atmosphere and helps intimidate the opposition.

Speaking of intimidating the opposition, Roos Field’s red turf known as “The Inferno” does a fantastic job of disorienting opposing teams. The Eagles red uniforms on the red turf give them quite an advantage and make it difficult for opposing teams to come away from Roos Field with a W.

The fantastic fan support and the unique feel provide by “The Inferno” make attending an Eastern Washington football game a fun and unique experience for any FCS football fan.

Things to check out

The Inferno

Eastern Washington is one of the few NCAA teams to have a field that isn’t green creating a unique atmosphere at Eagles games. The Eagles’ red field is known as “The Inferno,” and its unique color goes a long way in giving Eastern Washington a strong home field advantage.

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Firing the Cannon

After every Eagles score, the EWU ROTC fires off the cannon in celebration. There is nothing better than the sound of the cannon going off after the Eagles score, which ignites the crowd into a frenzy.

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Swoop is the Eagles mascot and a must-see part of any Eastern Washington football game. He gets into all kinds of antics at games, so keep an eye out for Swoop during your visit to Roos Field.

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Eagle Marching Band

The Eagle Marching Band’s performance is one of the best parts of any Eastern Washington football game. The band plays a variety of school songs and contemporary music creating a fun atmosphere at games. You also won’t want to miss the band’s halftime performance.

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EWU Cheerleading

The EWU cheerleaders get everyone pumped up with their routines throughout the game. The cheer squad leads fans in a variety of cheers and chants, so join in and give the Eagles as much of a home field advantage as possible.

Fight Songs

  1. Go Eags!

    Go, Eagles, Go
    Put all you have in every play
    We’ll let you know
    That we are with you all way
    So then it’s fight, Eagles, fight
    Show us the fight we’d like to see
    Red and White just fight, fight, fight
    And Eagles will win the victory!

  2. EWU Alma Mater

    All hail to Eastern Washington,
    Thy colors red and white!
    You stand as a symbol,
    Of our strength and might!
    All hail to Eastern Washington,
    A leader brave and true!
    We sing the praise of college days,
    All hail to you!

Eastern Washington Eagles Bars & Restaurants

  1. Eagle’s Pub

    beer Billy Jacks Wing Draft Shack Roost Great American Pub

    Amazingly delicious food and awesome drinks!

    414 1st St, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  2. Wild Bill’s Long Bar

    Owlz Pub Sand Trap Scorpions Bar Grill

    A fun place to grab some fantastic drinks and feast on good food.

    405 1st St, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Arturo’s Mexican Restaurant

    Mexican food

    From a mother's love of cooking passed on to her sons, Arturo’s restaurant offers a fresh, healthy, appetizing food assortment that will leave you feeling like family.

    1810 2nd St, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  4. Rosa’s Pizza

    Rosas pizza

    "You're going to love our Pizza, Cheesebread, Salads & Sandwiches!"

    1706 2nd St, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  5. Zip’s Drive In

    burger comfort food

    Hamburgers, fish, chicken strips, french fries, tater tots, onion rings, deep fried mushrooms, fish sandwich, Mozzarella sticks, corn dogs, milk shakes and Coca-Cola Freestyle which offers over 100 drink choices

    911 1st St, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  6. Gerardo’s Authentic Mexican Food

    mexican food

    An extensive menu of breakfasts, tacos, ceviche, burritos, tostadas, quesadillas, enchiladas, combinations plates, Mexican sodas, ice cream bars, and delicious salsas.

    723 1st St, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $

  7. Monterey Pub & Grub

    Pasquales PIzza Pizza Stavros Pizza House Pizza Woodys Country House Pizza

    Serving Cheney's best pizzas, house-smoked BBQ and much, much more.

    321 1st St, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - sportsbar - $$

  8. Barrelhouse Pub & Pizza

    Bellas Pizza of Bristol Pizza Don Vitos Italian Restaurant Pizza Chiefs Place PIzza Pizza Patriot Pub & Grub Pizza Robertos Pizza Ranias Restaurant Pizza The Prescott Pizza Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille Pauls Deli Restaurant Wildcat Angelas Ristorante Pizzeria

    Great place for some beer and good pizza!

    122 College Ave, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  9. El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant

    La Corona Taco La Chiquita Tacos Taco Corono Mexican Restaurant Tacos El Burrito Loco

    Great Mexican food and amazing service!

    505 2nd St, Cheney, WA 99004, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$