Free of Charge: Fans Cheer on Nevada Men's Basketball Team

RENO, NV - For the first time this year, Nevada basketball fans got to watch a Wolf Pack tip-off.

Fans were also able to get into Tuesday's game for free.

The first official game isn't until this Friday, but fans packed the seats for Tuesday's exhibition game.

Seats quickly filled up inside the Lawlor Event Center Tuesday night because fans didn't have to pay anything to get in.

"We're trying to engage the community, we've got a good team this year," says Mike Samuels with Nevada's Athletic Department.

The free tickets meant some fans got to have front row seats.

"It's actually great, I don't think we can get these seats otherwise," says Curtis Beach.

Nevada's athletic department hopes seats sell pretty fast this year, after the men's team was chosen in preseason to win the conference.

Some Wolf Pack fans showed up almost an hour before the game started.

"This year, it's an intense fan base that Nevada has. I just love showing up to the games because everyone just goes crazy chanting and jumping up and down, and it's just lots of energy," says Shawn Leedy.

"I have always just enjoyed basketball and I like supporting my school," says Nevada fan Eric Wilkinson.

The exhibition game tipped off with students from Double Diamond Elementary School singing the national anthem.

Just minutes later, the Wolf Pack men's basketball team was scoring points.

Deniece Campbell has worked at Wolf Pack sporting events for the past ten years.

She's excited fans got to see this game for free.

"It's not about making the money, it's about supporting the school," says Campbell.

The women's basketball teams plays tomorrow night, and tickets to those game are free as well.


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