A Tent City Primer

It’s that time of year again Zags! That time when we all willingly leave the comfort of our rooms to go sleep in tents in weather that is clearly too cold, just to establish seats for a single basketball game. Some would call us crazy, yet we are nationally recognized for being dedicated fans and willing to sleep out to see our beloved Bulldogs in their biggest games! It’s just one part of what makes us THE BEST STUDENT SECTION IN THE COUNTRY!

So, by now you all have probably heard that the game against Southern Methodist on Monday, November 17 is a tenting game. With the switch to digital tenting (confused? I’ll explain), and because there is a new freshman class coming in to participate in their very first Tent City, we’ve made a primer for how Tent City will work, as well as a couple of logistics for the game itself.

Step 1: So, you got a basketball ticket…

Congrats! The first and easiest step is complete.

Step 2: Create your tenting roster.

If you are tenting, you are going to need two things: first, a tent. This part is pretty explanatory. Second, a roster. This will be your tenting group. One tent can have a maximum of SIX people on the roster. This means that your group can be no larger than six people, no exceptions.

To create your roster, there are a few things you need to do. Once you have your tenting group, fill out the paper roster that you will be receiving in a Class Rep email TONIGHT. All members of your tenting group will need to have this form, as you will trade it for a tenting number at Tent Distribution. Follow the instructions, fill it out and you’ll be ready to go!

Step 3: Get ready to RUN

At 12:15 pm on Sunday, November 16, there will be a location tweeted by @kcboard – the first person there gets Tent #1, the second gets #2, and so on. This means that you need to follow @kcboard on Twitter to get the update – it will not be posted to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Yik Yak, whatever – only Twitter. Be aware that there will be numerous fake locations, as well as people running early – if you think you’re better off following them go ahead, but nobody will know where to go until it is tweeted at 12:15.

Once the location is tweeted, run. Run fast. Run as fast as you can. Spread the members of your tenting group out across campus to increase coverage and your chances of having someone near the location. Then run. Get there, hop in line, and grab your tent number. Keep in contact with other members of your tent to make sure you don’t accidentally get two tents. Celebrate, scream, call your mom and take some pictures if you want – we’re notorious for Tent City, so embrace it.

Step 4: Life is In-Tents!

So, by this time you have a ticket, a group, and a tent number…. Now all that’s left to do is live in your tent for a day!

Here’s a general schedule of times for the span of Tent City:

1:00-2:00 pm on Sunday: Tent set up. Come out and set up your tents on Foley Field. NO, TENT CITY IS NOT INSIDE. We don’t know where this rumor came from. Tenting is outside. Tenting is meant to be outside. Tent City is on Foley Field, that’s that.

4:30-5:30 pm on Monday: Tent tear-down. This is the time to remove your tent from Foley Field, go onside, warm up, change for the Kennel, eat, etc.

Between these two times, at least one person needs to be in your with WITH their Gonzaga ID card. There will be random tent checks to make sure this is being followed. If nobody is in your tent, you will be given a ten minute grace period – if at that point your tent is still empty, it will be pulled and you will lose your spot. If there is a point where you do not need to be present in your tent, you will be told this directly. This means that Sunday night, overnight, and during the day Monday, at least one person needs to be present in your tent at all times.

Also, during Tent City we will be coming around to do tutorials on how the digital tent process will be working in the future. This information will be important, so you do not want to miss it!

At 5:30, one person from every tent group will need to be in the line to enter the Kennel. It will be organized by tent number, so just line up in the appropriate spot.

At 6:00, all members of the tent group need to be in line. Wristbands will be distributed at this point with tent numbers written on them – these will be your method of entry into the Kennel, along with your student ID. No wristband, you won’t be able to enter until the rest of the Tent City line has entered.

Finally, at 6:30, doors open. Tent groups will enter in groups, to avoid crowding and mayhem. Then, once inside, claim your seat and get set… The show is about to begin.

Step 5: Regroup, Recover and Repeat

You’ve been living your life around this moment for the last few days, and now it’s over… So what is there to do? Well….. Get some sleep. Eat. Warm up and take a nice hot shower. Then, when you’re finaly feeling all relaxed, just remember…. There’s another game on Wednesday, November 19. Life in the Kennel requires a lot, but as Zags, we’re definitely up to the challenge.

It’s a lot to take in, but these days are going to fly by, and will be something you look back on with very fond memories years down the road. Good luck this weekend, and here’s our wish for you – may the tweet be ever in your favor!

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