War Memorial Gym Reports Record-Breaking Attendance

Students fill War Memorial Gym
Students from now-rivals ITT Tech and USF somewhat filled the bleachers of War Memorial Gym to watch a heated match-up between their respective teams. (Melissa Stihl | Foghorn)

Students packed into War Memorial Gym last Thursday in record fashion to see their USF Dons take on ITT Tech in a heated match-up that will most likely remain memorable in Dons history.

All five students in attendance caused a raucous atmosphere on the Hilltop as three of them were head to toe in green and gold and the other two risked their safety by wearing their Tech shirts amid the hostile crowd.
“It was intense,” said Ava Brown, one of the ITT Tech fans who made the trip to see her team.

“Our school doesn’t even have sports,” she said. “I wasn’t prepared for the heated battle that ensued.”

But not everyone was able to see the epic struggle on the court as many students were left out in the cold…literally.
“It was freezing out there!” said Karisa Miner who doesn’t go to ITT Tech or USF but said she heard people talking about the game around the UCSB campus. “I heard this was the game to see, but the security said they weren’t letting anyone else in,” she complained.

Apparently, USF’s event staff and security were not prepared for such a large crowd and had to turn away people at the door once the fifth person came in.

“We weren’t prepared for such a large crowd,” said Brian Pumpernickel, USF’s head of Event Staff. “We had to call San Francisco State and ask them to send some backup to help us out,” he said. “I had my eye on the Tech kids because they were getting out of hand when ITT started making a late comeback. We needed more security to calm the angry USF students down.”

USF was dominating the entire game up until the last seven minutes, during which ITT Tech made a furious comeback and tied the game. One ITT Tech student, Sheila Timmer, dubbed the stunning comeback “Digital Dominance.” With three seconds left, the game was stopped as the angry USF crowd started throwing what appeared to be Crossroads pizza on the court.

“I tried to stop them, but there too many to keep under control,” said Al Waters, a security guard who came from SF State to help out. “People don’t come to our games because we’re terrible,” he said. “Also, our university does a good job of not advertising the sporting events so people don’t show up. I think USF can learn a thing or two from our zero attendance policy.”

Once the crowd was settled down the game resumed, and USF was able to score just as time expired to pull out the 14-12 thriller.

The USF fans in the crowd rushed the court to celebrate, running over Waters on their way to the hardwood. But something unusual happened once they got there.

“Nobody knew what to do,” said Timmer who actually pushed the security guard over on his way to the court. “We’re not used to this whole winning business. We should have practiced before hand, but it was so unexpected.”

Students and the USF Dons stood around looking at each other on the court for a few awkward minutes before heading for the exits.

“It was a cool win,” said power forward Milton Meyers. “It proves we can compete with the best. I was so excited to see so many people at the game. Setting an attendance record is a big deal. Hopefully next time we win we will know what to do.”

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