Around 400 people showed to watch BYU’s game against Utah State University in the Crossroads on the second floor of the Hyrum Manwaring Center Oct. 4.
Steve Davis, the director of the Alumni Office, said part of the reason they started showing the games was because BYU games were not shown on most local cable packages.
“A big part of it is to sport our sister school,” Davis said. “There are a lot of BYU fans in the area.”
Davis said the games provide a chance for Cougars fans to get together and have a good time.
“It’s just an opportunity to get our students and our alumni together and cheer for a common cause,” Davis said.
Davis said the Alumni Office cosponsors the showing of the games with Student Activities.
“They’re trying to make the MC the hub of campus,” said Tyrell Sainsbury, a senior studying exercise physiology and also host of the event. “They’re trying to make it a friendly atmosphere where people want to come.”
During the games, the Crossroads offers 14” pizzas for $5 and fountain drinks for 50 cents. They also sell pizza slices for 99 cents through halftime.
Davis said the deals offered by the Crossroads make a big difference in the event and get more students to come.
“We have about 400 people here,” Davis said. “They probably wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for this.”
Davis said the biggest turnout they’ve had was BYU’s loss to the University of Utah Sept. 21.
Sainsbury said similar events have been held in the MC during other sports seasons.
“March Madness usually draws a pretty big crowd,” Sainsbury said.
Davis said one of the biggest events the Alumni Office has sponsored was BYU’s Sweet 16 game in the 2011 NCAA Basketball tournament.
It was star Jimmer Fredette’s last game before entering the NBA draft.
Davis said events like this give BYU-I more unity with BYU.
“[BYU-I students] have great benefit from being able to share that name,” Davis said.
BYU’s next football game is Oct. 12 against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and will be shown at The Crossroads.