USS Midway transforms into football field for 'Madden 25' event

Carrier to host events related to 'Madden 25'

SAN DIEGO - San Diego's USS Midway Museum is once again hosting a unique sporting event, with its flight deck being transformed into a football field this week.

The historic aircraft carrier is serving as the backdrop for a TV special promoting EA Sports' "Madden NFL 25" video game. Two TV shows will be recorded and will air later this year.

The Madden NFL Skills Challenge and Madden NFL Pigskin Pro-Am shows will feature football greats from Troy Aikman to Barry Sanders.

USS Midway Museum Marketing Director Scott McGaugh told 10News crews arrived on the carrier Monday.

"They have been working last night, through the night," he said.

This is not the first time the USS Midway has been the backdrop for a sporting event. A college basketball game between San Diego State and Syracuse was played on the flight deck last year.

McGaugh said the museum is regularly approached for special events, but sometimes they have to turn inquirers away for a number of reasons.

McGaugh said the USS Midway turned away "caged fighting, martial arts, a Playboy centerfold photo shoot."

He said it usually had to do with the guests, as the museum isn't willing to shut down for days at a time, which some of the events required.

"Our No. 1 priority is always our guests," said McGaugh.

McGaugh added the USS Midway could be working closely with another popular video game in the near future.

"It's an immensely internationally popular "Gran Turismo" … There may be a Midway presence on that video game," McGaugh said.

10News learned no one will be allowed on the carrier deck Thursday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.


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