Best Student Sections (cont.)
Posted: Tuesday February 14, 2006 4:49PM; Updated: Friday March 10, 2006 1:51PM
Our house: It's hard to beat the Huskies at Hec Edmundson Pavilion where the opposing team has 500 Dawg Pack members seated directly behind its bench, and spanning the length of the court. Pack members have irked opposing teams so much that Washington State head coach Dick Bennett flipped them the bird during a game last season after they started chanting "bor-ing" in reference to the Cougars offense. Oregon coach Ernie Kent asked the Pac-10 to consider moving the Pack. He was denied, and in return he received a bouquet of purple and gold flowers.
Signs of madness: The poster-board-sized "Welcome to Romarville" sign arrives in a plastic sleeve and leaves in similar fashion. The chants, "Bag our groceries (clap-clap, clap-clap-clap)," "Flip my burgers" or "UW rejects," can be heard throughout the arena. When Arizona visited last season, a student got Channing Frye's phone number and wrote it on a poster.
Dress for success: Purple is an absolute must. If someone isn't dressed in the appropriate color, a fellow Dawg Packer will get that person clad correctly. May students wear a purple tee with the words "Dawg Pack" and a Husky logo or UW jersey.
The ticket: How do you get students to support the dismal Washington football program? Tell them once they buy their football tickets they have priority for basketball. The Dawg Pack pass (to all men's and women's games) has nearly tripled in face value since the 2003-04 season. The pass is only good for admittance into the arena. The Dawg Pack holds just 500 and the seats are first-come first-serve. And no, rain will not deter fans from waiting outside all day for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
Overtime: While waiting in line prior to the opening of the arena's doors, the mass of students is known to break out into a rendition of Bonnie Tyler's hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart." Thirty minutes before game time, students' superstitions are cued. Out come the Blueberry Pop Tarts and on go the headbands. Mrs. Gasser, the mother of junior forward Hans Gasser, passes out bags of her homemade snicker doodles.
-- Adam Landres-Schnur
Our house: The RAC, one of the steepest arenas in the Big East, boasts a student section that towers over the west baseline, giving players the feeling that fans are right on top of them. If you're an opponent, expect to shoot into a tidal wave of red. It's no surprise that RU is 58-22 at home during the last five seasons.
Signs of madness: From an opponent's mother's first name to "traitor" at Louisville guard Taquan Dean, every chant is amplified to deafening by the RAC's acoustics.
Dress for success: Come on, they are the Scarlet Knights. What would you expect them to wear? White and black are also options. Students aren't afraid to show their appreciation of our players, sporting T-shirts of "I Douby-lieve" for junior shooting guard Quincy Douby and "Stradt-is-faction" for fan favorite Dan Waterstradt.
The ticket: The RAC holds only 8,000, so getting a ticket to a Big East game is difficult. There's usually a pick-up date for a package of tickets, and students must wait on line, so make sure you bring some homework or copies of the Rutgers Daily Targum to read while you wait.
Overtime: Don't lose the game if you're the opposition, otherwise you'll get an earful of car keys jingling as the game draws to a close. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said before the season at Big East Media Day, "If you ask all the coaches where you want to play, Rutgers would not be on the list."
-- David GurneyOur house: Students are concentrated in two spots in Allen Fieldhouse -- in a courtside section behind the south basket, and in the north fifth of the stadium, from the floor to the rafters.
Signs of madness: Nothing can beat the Rock Chalk Chant. As a game winds down to victory, every person -- not just the students -- lets out the ROCK, CHALK, JAY-HAWK, K-YOUUUU that makes your spine tingle. For Missouri games during the last two years, a KU student has dressed up in a Tiger costume and carried a sign that says "I eat poop." Juvenile, yes. But still a favorite.
Dress for success: Picking a color for KU has been a challenge. Some students wore red, others navy, and others a different shade of blue. The University came to the rescue and dropped almost $90,000 to, among other things, identify the official "Kansas Blue."
The ticket: Nearly 7,000 students want to buy student tickets, but there are only about 4,500 seats per game. Camping out, ticket redemption and no-shows help.
Overtime: Students bring in copies of The University Daily Kansan, and tears them into confetti to throw in the air during player introductions and when KU scores its first points. More than 40,000 pieces of paper find their way onto the floor of the student section, leading to hours of clean up once the game is over.
-- Jonathan Kealing
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