BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- Vuvuzelas, the debut of the first-ever 'Rowdy Run,' student-engagement, a 2-1 win over Cal State Fullerton, and the largest regular-season crowd in the history of CSUB Soccer; those were just a few of the highlights from Monday's action at The Main Soccer Field.
CSUB Athletics, thanks to help from the Associated Students Inc., Office of Student Affairs along with other core members of the CSUB campus, were able to execute this one-of-a-kind event centered around the men's and women's soccer doubleheader Monday evening. The event, which coincided with CSUB's first day of classes, engaged the students by creating an 'ultimate fan table' where face painting, free T shirts and other fan items were available. While the first 500 fans through the gates received vuvuzela horns that added to an electric and noisy atmosphere. Fans were also treated to performances by CSUB's dance team 'The 'Runner Girls', halftime contests and more.
In total, 1,325 fans were in attendance for the men's game setting a new regular season record, while 605 were on hand for the CSUB women's game, also a regular season record.
Between games, CSUB started a new tradition, partnering with the Office of Student Affairs and Vice President Dr. Thomas Wallace to create the 'Rowdy Run.' Led by CSUB's Roadrunner mascot Rowdy, members of the freshman class were joined by administrators and ran onto the field through a tunnel created by current students and student-athletes. CSUB cheerleaders and member of the 'Runner Girls dance team also contributed to the marketing efforts on campus and on game day.
"There was a lot of effort put into Monday's events, we wanted to create a special atmosphere and cater towards students on the first day of classes," said Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Game Management Keith Ford. "We set two attendance records for soccer, on a night when we were up against football on TV. It's a testament that our fans are buying in and supporting our programs at CSUB."
CSUB men's soccer used the record crowd to their advantage winning 2-1 over Cal State Fullerton while the women's team struggled with an unlucky bounce and a few missed opportunities in their 1-0 loss to UC Santa Barbara.
This is the second straight season CSUB has broken an attendance record in soccer, the most recent coming in November of 2011, when the Roadrunners hosted the first round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament in front of a sell-out crowd of 2,300 fans.