Below-freezing temperatures and several inches of snow did not stop Cougar fans from camping out at Beasley Coliseum this weekend for the WSU men’s basketball game against the University of Washington on Saturday.
For the first time ever, WSU Athletics and ASWSU hosted the official “Camp Out Beasley” event which included appearances from President Elson S. Floyd, Athletic Director Bill Moos and other student-athletes.
The event began at 5 p.m. on Friday and continued until 1 p.m. on Saturday. For freshman advertising major Eric Sjogren, the chance to be involved in the experience marked an opportunity to show his appreciation for the basketball team.
“I think it shows support for the team,” Sjogren said. “It shows that even if they haven’t had the most successful season we are still here to support, especially against UW.”
Sjogren said WSU should continue this tradition in the future by implementing it with other sports. Sjogren camped out with his friend, freshman wildlife major Eric Koenig, who also wanted the tradition to be present throughout his college career.
“All of Beasley is surrounded and I think it’s a great way to show school spirit and pride in your team,” Koenig said. “You see the top schools like Duke and North Carolina that camp out for a week, and I think it is great we’re starting a new tradition.”
When Floyd made his appearance at Beasley, students gathered around to shake hands and take pictures with him.
“The president coming out here in the cold and talking with our students just shows how much he really cares about this university and our students,” freshman Logan Webbenhurst said. “It shows he is a real Coug.”
People who did not attend the event missed out on the fun, freshman psychology and sociology double major Sam Gagner said. He pointed to the place where he camped out and explained that he will never forget the spot when he passes Beasley Coliseum again.
“My friend and I were just talking about how every time we walk by Beasley or go to another game, we will say to each other ‘that is where we were last time’ and we will always remember that,” he said.
WSU forward Abe Lodwick would like to see this tradition continued because it includes more fans and can have an effect on the outcome of a game.
“I think there is definitely a correlation between camping out and coming to games and how well our basketball team does,” Lodwick said.
In the past, the already dedicated Cougar fan-base has meant a lot for WSU guard DaVonté Lacy. He believes the event shows the love the fans have for their teams.
“They are extremely passionate, die-hard Cougar fans and I love them for it,” Lacy said. “That’s a part of the reason I came here for, the fan base.”