THE START OF GU BASKETBALL BRINGS WITH IT A NUMBER
OF CRAZY FAN TRADITIONS, AS STUDENTS SUPPORT THEIR
FROM CAMPING OUTSIDE.
TO ZOMBIE NATION.
ALL IN AN EFFORT TO BE THE LOUDEST AND MOST INTIMIDATING
STUDENT SECTION IN THE COUNTRY.
KXLY 4'S CAROLINE ROURKE IS ONE OF SEVERAL GONZAGA
ALUMS ON OUR STAFF, NOW COVERING THE TEAM .
SHE'S WORKING FOR YOU WITH THE TRUE ZAG FAN PERSPECTIVE.
UTAH VALLEY? THIS ISN'T EVEN THAT BIG OF A GAME.
BEING A BASKETBALL FAN AT GONZAGA UNIVERSITY IS A
SERIOUS TIME COMMITMENT.
"i've been out here just a couple hours, i know people
up at the front, we're looking at 7 am, my friend
got out here at ten after class, so we did go to class,
don't worry mom and dad."
FIRST YOU WAIT A LEAST AN HOUR OR TWO TO GET TICKETS.
THEN YOU'VE GOT TO GET IN LINE TO GET THE BEST SEATS
MCcARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER HAS TO OFFER.
"time management's key.
i'm doing my homework now for consitutional law"
BUT IN THE END.
IT'S TOTALLY WORTH IT.
"the minute that those doors open and the kennel is
alive, it's one of the best feelings to have as a
college student and one of the best parts about being
a zag is the community we have in that building."
A CHANGE OF SCENERY CAN BE HELPFUL.
"i can do homework in a tent as well as I can do it
at a desk, so might as well and try to get our spot
THE START OF THE CONFERENCE SEASON BRINGS WITH IT
A NUMBER OF GONZAGA TRADITIONS.
INCLUDING TENT CITY.
ON SUNDAY, STUDENTS WILL RACE THROUGHOUT CAMPUS TO
SNAG THE COVETED TENT NUMBER ONE.
AND WITH IT A PRIME SEAT INSIDE THE KENNEL.
IF THE CROWD FOR TONIGHT'S GAME IS ANY SIGN OF CROWDS
TO COME, TENT SEEKERS WILL HAVE SOME COMPETITION.
"for a game that's maybe not like espn top 20 status.
this is pretty impressive and cross your fingers for
how early we're going to get out here for some of
those bigger games."
IN THE PAST FEW YEAR, ADDITIONAL RULES HAVE BEEN PLACED
BY ADMINISTRATION AND CAMPUS SECURITY.
THE CHANGES WERE INITIALLY MET WITH SOME DISMAY, BUT
STUDENTS HAVE ADJUSTED AND THE TRADITION LIVES ON.
"last year there was a lot of hype and it kind of.
it was a rollercoaster ride."
BUT THIS YEAR?
"this is the year.
i have a feeling."
TO MAKE TENTING EVEN CRAZIER AT LEAST ONE STUDENT
HAS TO BE IN EACH TENT AT ALL TIMES.
TO SECURE THOSE FRONT ROW SEATS.
AND WE KNOW THAT NEITHER RAIN NOR SNOW.
WILL STOP THE FANS.
AS A VETERAN OF TENT CITY MYSELF.
I CAN TELL YOU THAT THESE GUYS ARE OUT HERE THROUGH
WIND AND SNOW THROUGH ILLNESSES AND EXAMS.
BECAUSE NOTHING BEATS BASKETBALL SEASON.
REPORTING FROM GONZAGA UNIVERSITY.
KXLY 4 NEWS.