SPOKANE, Wash-- On average 1200 bodies fill the student section for Gonzaga games, but on January 2nd only 90 tickets were sold.
Juniors Eric Kohin and Austin Hunter drove across the state during winter break to camp out for what they expected might be the biggest game of the year. The dedicated fans had no problem getting the first spot in line, their tent was the only one in the parking lot.
Hunter said he expected a small crowd as soon as he saw the game was scheduled during the university’s winter break.
"I saw it and I immedietly said some 4-letter words that probably aren't allowed for TV," he said.
Gonzaga Athletics Director Mike Roth also said it was unfortunate that much of the kennel club was gone for the game.
"It is disappointing that we have this situation where we have games,” he said. “In this case a marquee game without our students here."
A West Coast Conference spokesman said the leage understands that the teams want to play in front of their students but several factors go into creating a schedule including the dates and availability on national television.
Hunter and Kohin planned to go extra crazy in the kennel.
“I feel like we're going to have to do a lot of chants. Maybe a lot of 'on your feet' to get the older people going crazy. Just a lot of yelling, that's all I know,” said Hunter
Although many of the students were gone, the extra student tickets were sold to Bulldog Club members