April 19, 2011
The first-year student spirit campaign by UCSB Athletics recently surpassed the 6,000-member mark. At last count, 6,171 have registered to become members of the Unleash the Locos program to maximize student attendance, spirit and support at Gaucho athletic events.
This year the Unleash the Locos package included a free season themed t-shirt, backpack and a series of free giveaways at over 20 soccer and basketball games. In addition to the signups, students helped set another attendance record for college soccer when over 15,000 fans packed into Harder Stadium to watch the Gauchos defeat UCLA 2-0 on Oct. 15, 2011. It was the largest crowd to every attend a college soccer match on a campus site. While school was in session, UCSB averaged over 3,100 students for each regular season home soccer match, which leads nation. In comparison, UCLA averaged an estimated 3,200 student attendance for home football games. This year over 800 students also attended each men's basketball game at the Thunderdome, an increase of almost 200 per game from last season. The Big West Tournament champion men's basketball team returned for the second straight season to the NCAA Tournament.
This spring students have access to free tickets for softball and baseball games. For baseball a special Locos Landing section has been created near the Gauchos dugout for students. Projections have over 40,000 students attending athletics events on campus this year setting an all-time high for UCSB students attending athletics events in an academic year.
Registration for next years program is ongoing. For more information on the Unleash the Loco visit www.unleashtheloco.com or ucsbgauchos.com
How much does it cost me to attend Gaucho athletic events? All regular season home events for UCSB 20 intercollegiate sports are FREE for students to attend with a valid UCSB ID card.
Make History. Vote yes for the DARE Referendum! UCSB Athletics is encouraging students to vote in support of the DARE referendum this week to ensure the continued access to free tickets for students and vital facilities upgrades and enhancements which will address sustainability deficiencies and build a campus worthy of champions.