AUSTIN, TX, August 30, 2012 - The Longhorn Network will take over Republic Square this Saturday, broadcasting the Texas-Wyoming football matchup on a multi-story video wall.
A week later on Sept. 8, LHN plans call for a similar set-up for the Longhorns' game against New Mexico.
The public screenings were one of several announcements the year-old network made Wednesday, including new online viewing options for Grande Communications subscribers and the hiring of three additional sportscasters.
For both football games, gates at the park, 422 Guadalupe St. in downtown Austin, will open at 6 p.m., an hour before kickoff. Admission is free.
The LHN video wall will be 8 feet tall and 18 feet wide, the network said. A 30-foot-by-40-foot tent also will be constructed at the park, with four more TV screens. Seating will be first come, first served.
A beer garden is planned, as well.
Outside food and drinks, pets and umbrellas will not be allowed inside Republic Square, organizers said. Attendees should enter from the park's southeast corner.
This season's first two UT football games will air on LHN, which in Central Texas is available exclusively on the Grande Communications lineup.
Starting this week, Grande customers will be able to watch LHN online using laptops and other devices. To gain access, subscribers should head to longhornnetwork.com and input their account information.
"With the launch of Longhorn Network Online, our customers now have unprecedented access to their favorite UT sports teams no matter where they are," Grande CEO Matt Murphy said.
New LHN staffers this season include reporter/anchor Kaylee Hartung. She replaces Samantha Steele, who will now be seen on ESPN's "College GameDay" program.
Former Longhorn defensive back Ahmad Brooks also has joined the network's news team, as has former Florida State quarterback Chris Rix.
Contact Gary Dinges at 912-5987. Twitter: @gdinges
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