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Two Gonzaga basketball fans receive court-side tickets from donorKXLY 4's Kyle Simchuk reports.
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Two Gonzaga basketball fans receive court-side tickets from donor

It was a knock on the door... that a gonzaga fan didn't see coming.

After spending the last 3 years trying to get tickets to a homegame,,, 78 year old richard schaffer learned there would be seat for him tonight... inside the kennel.

And all thanks to a generous donor who was touched by a post on facebook.

Schaffer lost his wife a few years ago, and ever since, his neighbor has walked across the street, bringing some gameday company with her.

In a story you'll only see on kxly, kyle simchuk was there for the big surprise... kyle... an anonymous donor gave up their tickets tonight... and they aren't just any seats.

Lets just say schaffer and his neighbor might feel the sweat off some of these players.

The two are inside for tonight's game... somethign they never thought would be possible.

It's a gameday ritual, several years in the making.

13:21:16 "i started watching them many years ago, and i'm hooked on them now."

:03minutes before tip off, richard schaffer -- or skeeter as his neighbors call him -- moves this recliner a little closer to his own.... 13:27:54"and then we sit here and shout together.

Yes, we scream at the tv."

:03jeannine burns has walked across the street for each zag game... ever since skeeter lost his wife.

13:22:17 "it was tough, but we go on with our lives.

She's in a better place."

:05he lives alone... with no family in spokane.

Jeannine is happy to share her company.

13:29:20 30-33 jeannine burns / skeeter's neighbor "he truly is the best neighbor you can have."

:03but in these comfy recliners... the two have always wondered what the crowd would be like in person.

So jeannine posted to facebook.... 13:31:52"just give me a clue of how i can get a ticket."

:03little did she know, that post would yield more than a clue.

13:24:22 45-48 rick clark - organized ticket surprise "and we all know in spokane, it's really hard to get tickets."

:03 rick clark heard jeannine's story... and went out on a limb.

13:24:52"i've seen crazier things happen with social media in spokane and within the first 24-hours we had a couple people step forward."

:07an anonymous person-- touched by jennine's story-- decided to donate his tickets.

It was time to surprise skeeter.

13:19:06 "here he is, he's looking at us."

:02he knew something was up when he saw our news car.

13:19:19"hi, skeeter!

How are you?

I'm rick clark, i'm a student at gonzaga university."

:05at first, skeeter thought he was just getting some zag gear... then he realized what this was all about.

13:20:08 we've got two tickets for you.

Oh really?

For you and jeanine to go watch.

Oh great.

How does that sound?

Wonderful."

:06and not just any tickets.... courtside seats.

13:22:26"i'm excited too.

That's about all i can add.

I can't belive it."

:04 so right now jeannine and skeeter are inside the kennel, we've asked them to take some photos of their special night, we'll share them with you tonight on nightside.

Reporting live outside the kennel, kyle simchuk kxly four news.




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