For the first time in the trophy's history, fans can influence the outcome of the Dam Cup rivalry between Eastern Washington and Portland State by visiting the new Dam Cup Fan Challenge site, DamCup.com.
"The Dam Cup is a relatively young rivalry between ourselves and Portland State," Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs Ken Halpin said. "This new site is a fun, positive way to get our fans involved with the rivalry, engaging them through social media while giving them a site that keeps them involved with the outcome of the rivalry."
Since the rivalry's inception prior to the 2010-11 academic year, the outcome has been based on which school's sports teams were victorious on the field and on the court. Starting this year, fans of the Eagles and the Vikings now have the ability to earn points for their schools through social media, following the teams on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube while also using their respective hashtags when posting.
Each game played in the five sports between the two schools has a point value. The annual football game is worth four points, the women's soccer match is worth one point, each women's volleyball match is worth two points for a total of four points possible, and each men's and women's basketball game is worth two points for a total of four points possible in each sport. The total points possible are 19 which means that to win the cup a school would need to win at least 10 points.
The winner of the Dam Cup Fan Challenge will collect two points to add to their respective team's total for the year.
Portland State won the
trophy in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons while Eastern claimed
the trophy in 2012-13.