ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Both players and the head coach of University of New Mexico’s football team want to thank the few mega fans who braved Saturday’s nasty storm to watch a Lobo win.
When the home game against Nevada kicked off, everything was fine and dry. But by the half, the sky opened.
“We came off that field at half time and I heard a boom,” Coach Bob Davie said.
“It’s just completely storming, you know, to the point that…looks like our field is flooding,” Safety Daniel Henry said.
Fans were evacuated for lightning and the game didn’t resume until nearly two hours later around midnight.
“We saw our band and maybe 100 fans left in the stands,” Henry said.
“Having fans leave the stadium sucks even more because now nobody’s there to watch us. We feel like nobody cares,” Safety Ryan Santos said.
When the game wrapped up with a win of 35 to 26 around 1 a.m., only the most loyal were there to witness it.
That’s when a photo was snapped by Albuquerque Journal Photojournalist Roberto Rosales. It shows a man sitting alone near the edge of University Stadium. He’s keeping warm and dry under a poncho, sweatshirt and ball cap.
“I’m glad he was there,” Henry said.
Henry has now taken to Twitter in hopes of getting the identity of the man so he can send the guy tickets to the remaining Lobo games, including a bowl game, if it happens.
“I made it my profile pic on Twitter,” Henry said. “He’s like my hero right now. He’s definitely the loyal Lobo we talk about.”
Santos added that the man deserves a jersey at least.
The players aren’t the only ones to weigh in, either. On Tuesday, Davie said he also wants to thank the man and all those who braved the storm.
“If you were in that stadium at 1:10 a.m. on 11/5/16 my email is firstname.lastname@example.org,” Davie said. He wants the fans to email him with their address and the reason why they felt compelled to stay.
“I will definitely commemorate the occasion,” Davie said, suggesting he might send the fans custom t-shirts.
Davie said he has also reached out to the band, who stayed until the very end as well.