The SU men's basketball team is in San Diego this weekend, getting ready for Sunday's Battle on the Midway. The game will be played on a temporary court built on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier. As our Brad Vivacqua tells us, the well-traveled ship should make a remarkable stage for the game.
SAN DIEGO, CA -- Navy Veteran Vic Vydra has some great memories serving as a crew members in the early 70s aboard the U.S.S. Midway. The Midway, a retired Navy aircraft carrier, first set sail after World War II in 1945 and was used until 1992, sailing in every ocean in the world.
"It was involved in a lot of humanitarian efforts more than anything. A part of Vietnam, Desert Storm, and a few other things we did over the years," said Vydra, U.S.S. Midway Navy veteran.
The retired ship became a museum in 2004 and attracts about 3,000 people to San Diego Bay each day.
"We've been seeing it here for many years, and we take cruises and never had the chance to do it, but we came into San Diego, three days early this time, just so we could do this," explained Stephen Jacob, a Midway visitor.
On Sunday, the SU men's basketball team will help give this well traveled ship another memory: playing the first every basketball game on the flight deck. SU will face off against San Diego State.
"To be honest, very confused about that, just in case the ball goes over the edge, how they're going to get that," wondered Brandt Hammond, a Midway visitor. "Should be pretty windy and entertaining."
But, officials say there is no need to worry about that. The former aircraft carrier is about 1,000 feet long, weighs about 70 tons, and at one time was able to accommodate about 80 airplanes at once. With plenty of space on top of a historic setting, the state is set for some great memories on Sunday.
"The two teams are just fantastic, you couldn't ask for two better teams, and the connection with our community, and the United States, an aircraft carrier, basketball game. Can't beat it," exclaimed Vydra.
It is likely that many others feel the same way too.