By Shelby Baker
Fans and family crowded into the Kitty Magee Arena last Wednesday to watch the Pioneers take on Midwestern State. The game however, wasn’t the only attraction of the night. Pack the House II, the sequel to last year’s record-breaking attendance of 1,370 fans, held the main incentive.
Lured in by the promise of scholarship drawings, free T-shirts, contests and more activities, more than 1,000 people packed into the gymnasium to try their luck in drawings and watch the basketball game.
“My family came to Pack the House and enjoyed it,” freshman Sara Smith said. “During halftime, Schlotzky’s had a little goal set up, and those who scored got a free sandwich. Half my family walked away with one and had a lot of fun.”
The first 250 people in the door received free T-shirts and according to Smith, the crowd was so large some people didn’t have to pay the admission fee. Though last year’s attendance record was not broken, the game set the season’s highest attendance record thus far.
Pack the House II was put on by both the athletics and housing departments and was intended to help TWU pick up a Lone Star Conference win. Though the event was a success with the high attendance, TWU suffered a defeat at the hands of MSU 67-53.
“We battled and played hard but we had some mental lapses that we can’t have,” TWU head coach Beth Jillson stated in the TWU press release.
The Pioneers will be playing Tarleton State in Stephenville at 6 p.m. Wednesday in a Lone Star Conference match-up.