“GOAL!” Students roar as they jump out of their seats when a Korean player scored against Germany in the last few minutes of the game.
June 14 was the start of the 2018 World Cup games where national soccer teams began fighting to see who will be champion of the world.
The Manwaring Center has broadcasted all the games for students to sit down and have some fun after or before classes.
Even though some apartment complexes have cable, several students prefer watching it in The Crossroads.
“The first game of the team I currently support- we watched it in our apartment and it was great, the only difference was if you watch it at the MC, is the atmosphere,” said Kagiso Dikane, a freshman studying business management. “People have the same mindset as you. It creates an environment which is very welcoming for people who don’t even watch soccer to actually adjust and find themselves within the engagement. One celebrates with people who you haven’t met before.”
Armando Guerrero Avitia, a junior studying advance vehicle systems, said students can feel the passion of everyone. During the games, students interact with people they’ve never met before.
More than 15 percent of the students are from different ethnicities, according to the Ethnicity of BYU-Idaho Students Winter 2018 statistics.
“For my culture (Mexico), it one of the most famous sports,” said Paulina Martinez, a junior studying business management. “Soccer for my country is like the Super Bowl for the U.S.”
Martinez explains what some Mexicans do after every match whether they win or lose.
“One of the things that is super popular in Mexico is after every match if we win or lose, we go to The Angel of Independence to celebrate,” Martinez said. “We love to party.”
In Portugal, similar things are done when watching a soccer match.
“When there is a big game, we all just go downtown where there is a big screen and just watch it together,” said Cassandra Demelo, a sophomore majoring in communication. “It is super crazy, people that you don’t know end up hugging you. In my city, we have this big avenue and everyone will have their cars and honk around and people would have a big party.”
There are some students who cheer for countries where they served their missions.
Dylan Breneman, a sophomore studying elementary education who was not born in Mexico but served his mission there, roots for them.
“Just being in that country gave me something to connect with other people,” Breneman said. “For example, students here on campus that are Mexicans, I can identify myself and have something to talk about. I can have a conversation with them. Mexico is my second home because of my mission.”
No matter what teams students cheer for, they all gather together to celebrate their cultures and ethnicity. The games will continue to be broadcast at The Crossroads until the finale of the World Cup.