By Ryan Alves

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s football team held there annual Colonel Football Fan day at Roy Kidd Stadium Saturday evening. The maroon clad fan base that swamped the home sidelines for pictures, autographs and handshakes, was one of the largest in recent years.

“This is really a great event for the community and our football team,” said Head Coach Dean Hood. “To have this big of a turn out is very heart warming for our guys.”

The event, sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, had mascots, cheerleaders, chicken sandwiches and plenty of smiles. Fans of all ages lined up to meet the entire team and ask for autographs on their 2010 football posters.

With the Colonel season opener just a mere five days away, the kick-off event is a great opportunity for not only the players to give back, but the community as well.

“I love this event,” Eastern alum, Ron House said. “It shows the great fan support the team has. We get to know the players and build a community based relationship with them. It’s great to show our support.”

House, a former football player on Roy Kidd’s first team in 1964, along with a large contingency of the fan base is very excited for the beginning of the season.

“We all can’t wait to get things started,” House said.

The Colonels will be looking to jump start their season after a rather lackluster end to the 2009 campaign, Thursday, Sept. 2 at Missouri State. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

“After a disappointing 5-6 record last year, for the fans to come out and show their support like this is very humbling,” Hood said. “Very heartwarming.