Posted on December 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM
Saturday, Dec 7 at 7:01 PM
SPOKANE, Wash.—The cold did not stop Eastern Washington University football fans from heading to the game on Saturday. The school opened up Reese Court so people could stay warm.
Fans said the temperatures were not as bad as they expected. Hundreds of people made their way into the Eastern Washington University stadium. They were bundled up and carrying blankets.
“I’m so layered, you have no idea. I must have five layers and then I’ve got hand warmers,” said Marchand Bozarth-Wood.
“I’ve got three pairs of socks, three pairs of pants and three or four sweatshirts on,” said Eagle’s fan Drake Johnson.
Nothing stands in the way of a family tradition for the Eastern tailgaters. They have been celebrating from the same spot for years.
The cold was a little too much to bear for some fans that warmed up in Reese Court. School leaders opened it up for the first time so people would not leave.
“We would have come anyway. It’s great to come in and warm up and get some hot chocolate,” said South Dakota State fan Susan Minarik.
Kitchen staff also sold hot foods and drinks.
The gym stayed open so that people who did not want to brave the cold could listen to the live broadcast during the game.
“Half time is pretty long. Come in here, warm up real quick, get some chili,” said Eagle’s fan Jacob Wells.
Fans said it did not matter whether they cheered on the Eagles from inside or outside on Saturday as long as their team won.
A lot of people took advantage of Reese Court, but not for long as many headed right back outside to watch the rest of the game.
Eastern Washington University beat South Dakota State 41 to 17.