Portland State football coach Bruce Barnum is bribing fans to attend the team’s home opener.
During an appearance on a local podcast, the 57-year-old coach extended an offer to buy a beer for anyone who shows up to watch the Vikings play Western Oregon on Saturday.
Both No. 3 Oregon and Oregon State will be hosting matchups in Week 3, which will make it more difficult for FCS Portland State to draw a crowd. In an attempt to attract more locals and beer snobs, Barnum extended the offer on the John Canzano BFT Podcast.
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“I’ve got to get people to see my kids,” Barnum told Canzano on the podcast. “I’ve got a deal for you: Anybody who heard me on your show . . . just say, ‘I heard Barney on the BFT’ at the Barney Beer Garden and I’ll buy you a beer.”
To sweeten the deal, the coach didn’t put a limit on the amount of beers he would purchase. When asked about how many beverages he would cover, Barnum simply replied, “All of them.”
Portland State is scheduled to play at 2:05 p.m. PT Saturday. The in-state battle between the Vikings and Wolves will take place in Hillsboro Stadium, where ticket prices range from $3.50 to $25. The stadium seats 7,200.
Depending on how many thirsty fans show up to the game, Barnum’s bar tab has the potential to fly exceedingly high.