Crawfish boil draws record crowd to Don Sanders

Photo courtesy of Daniel Robinson

Any game involving the top team in the country, no matter what sport, is always a big deal. The Sam Houston Bearkats hosted No. 1 University of Texas Longhorns in baseball on Tuesday as one of their non-conference games. Prior to the game, the Department of Student Activities, The Office of Alumni Relations and Athletics held a crawfish boil from 4:00- 6:00 p.m. at Don Sanders Stadium.

Before that, the students feasted on the cook-out outside. Organizers from the school and local business flocked to the Don Sanders Stadium to celebrate the upcoming game. Montgomery Road was cut off, letting the tents take up the space. From the Sam Houston State University Criminal Justice department to the local HEB, festivities were far and wide. Barbecue and drinks were shared along with the main event: the crawfish.

Free crawfish was given to students who had an active bearkat one card and was sold for $25 to members of faculty, staff and alumni from the university.

“A lot of students came to show support for the team, obviously we’re playing UT, one of the big schools so we have a lot of spirit and we want to win,” freshman Omar Elasmar said.

Students did arrive, lining the sidewalk past the Bearkat Village Apartments. Some students passed the time by playing sports alongside the line, while others stuck to their phones. As students ate, a live band showed off their sound. The Stringbenders, a country and rock band from Houston, provided the soundtrack for the event.

The Sam Houston Bearkats would lose the game 10-2. While the Bearkats did not beat UT, their pre-game show drew many to the game with Don Sanders Stadium having a record breaking 2,928 crowd attend the game.

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