Students jam Siegel Center for VCU watch party

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – VCU students have jammed the Siegel Center to watch the Rams take on Butler.

The university is hosting a viewing party for up to 3500 students, faculty, and staff. It was not immediately clear how many people attended, but the crowd was able to fill the east end zone of the arena.

Almost everybody arrived wearing a VCU black or gold t-shirt. They also received a free shirt upon entering, courtesy of the school.

Watching the game on a projection screen, students said it felt like being at a rock concert.

"I think it's the best thing to ever happen in school. I'm so honored to be here," said freshman Abby Weddell, who added, "I think we're gonna win. No doubt about it."

"I think it's tight man, I think it's live, and I'm loving it," said student Ryan Edwards.

Mimi Baker said, "We're gonna win, baby! Number one, baby! NUMBER ONE!"

Students said, win or lose, they planned to venture to Monroe Park after the game. Various law enforcement officers were on hand to ensure a safe and orderly crowd.

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