by: Beth Hillyer
(HALAWA) KHNL - It was a game, sports fans across the state have been waiting for all week.
The Warriors faced Oregon State in the final game of the regular season.
In a nail biter Oregon State narrowly edged Hawaii.
There was a solemn mood to Senior Night as many of the players wish it had gone the other way.
But the fans got their money's worth as the game remained close.
Some ticket holders left their homes around noon to get to the stadium by 2:30. That's about the time the lots filled up.
Jeremiah Mata rolled in, "It took about two hours from Kalihi. The traffic was back to the freeway."
Here's how the H-1 freeway looked as crowds made their way to the stadium. One car overheated in the parking lot.
Lea Carpio arrived around 3 pm, "We came from Nuuanu and it took an hour and a half. Then we were stuck in traffic, but it's all good to see the warriors win"
Once inside, traffic jams continue as drivers select choice spots. With king-sized pork chops on the grill, these long-time fans savored the moment.
Richard Ige is proud he would never be considered a fair weather fan. "I'm a season ticket holder and have been coming here for eight years."
Ige says, "I think they lose out, it's good to watch it at the stadium."
A big group from Waimanalo huddled around their tailgate party.
Waimanalo Warrior Fan Kenneth Ho says, "This is the big one baby, better believe it. Gonna smoke these guys."
Fans thank the players for the thrilling season. Tonight is Senior Night.