The fan base for the Creighton Bluejays Men's Basketball team is on the rise. And with a continued win streak, it is no wonder why.
Making waves during their first year in the Big East, the team continues to impress Sunday inside the CenturyLink Center.
Louise Franco sits in the stands. She has been cheering on the Creighton Bluejays for years. A season ticket holder for the last 35 years, in her opinion, no other basketball team exists. She only has eyes for the Bluejays.
"That is the only kind of fan there is," she boasts proudly.
She is just one of the thousands of people that fill the stands inside the CenturyLink Center.
"Being from Omaha, it is Omaha's team," said Joe Menaugh, as he cradles his young daughter Micah. The toddler is decked out in true Creighton blue firmly holding on to her father's ticket.
Micah is just one of the many children attending the game that will be and was raised on Bluejay basketball.
When WOWT approached a group of riled up 12 year-old's and asked how long they had been fans, Michael Moilan shouted in excitement, "Since I was born." His buddies all nodding in agreement behind him ready for the second half of the game to begin.
Thirteen year-old Maddy Mannen is in the same boat. A life long fan who loves the game and especially the players.
"Most of them are pretty handsome," said Mannen.
Hundreds of people file in and out of the souvenir shop. One being Chad Diaz, 12, who comes out proudly holding a Doug McDermott bobble head. This preteen said he is excited to add it to his bobble head collection.
Inside it is a frenzy. With the team doing so well, it is no surprise many are jumping on the bandwagon. The Bluejays are ranked 11th overall in the country and leading the Big East.
And with every basket, the bandwagon grows; more crazed fans and one excited mascot.
Franco said she couldn't be happier. She admits when she first started attending games years ago, she sat in the nose bleed. Now she is only about 40 feet from the court, but still that distance isn't good enough.
"Now when I am on the bench down there, that is when I will have made it," said Franco.
Only when she is close enough to high five the team after they win, will she be truly happy; even if that win is only by one point like tonight.
The Bluejays pulled it out 72 to 71 against Seton Hall.