Best Damn Student Sections Period
Today we count down from 10 to 6
Posted: Tuesday February 14, 2006 4:49PM; Updated: Friday March 10, 2006 1:51PM
Other than a cappella singing groups, there is nothing as unique to the college experience as student sections. And while post-grads shudder at the thought of sitting through a rendition of "Blue Moon" by the Whiffenpoofs or the Beelzebubs, memories of days spent bouncing in the student section cause pangs of nostalgia deep within their core.
On college campuses, football may be king but basketball student sections rule. With space limited, Darwin's Survival of the Fittest theorem dictates that only those who can survive in a tent on pizza without showering evolve into unique species identifiable by their distinct color, language and movements. So without further adieu, we present the Top 10 College Basketball Student Sections -- we'll countdown from No. 10 to No. 6 today, and finish with the Top 5 on Wednesday). Did your school's student section survive the cut or was it overtaken by a more powerful beast?
10. North Carolina
Our house: The Dean Smith Center -- a.k.a The Dean Dome. Average attendance: 19,439. A block of student seats is directly behind the baseline closest to the UNC bench.
Signs of madness: No signs are allowed in the arena, but a favorite seen outside is "BREATHE IF YOU HATE DOOK." A prime example of how loyally obnoxious we can be was the classic student holding up a green card behind the basket while N.C. State's Gavin Grant shot free throws. We handed out copies of poetry that JJ Redick wrote. It included something along the lines of "flying like a Condor..." so while Redick shot free throws, we waved our arms and chanted, "CONDOR!" He actually missed.
Dress for success: Diehard UNC fans paint their entire bodies light blue. There are two contents for students willing to go as far as possible to get tickets to the Duke game. This year's included a senior who wore a pink tutu and painted-on Redick jersey. He got down on all fours and ate dog food topped with worms and live crickets. He didn't win, though. That honor went to two juniors who did a striptease, shaved each other's chests and consumed a peanut butter, jelly and chest hair sandwich.
The ticket: The Rams Club requires members to donate at least $100,000 over five years just for a chance to be eligible for lower level season tickets. Carolina Fever costs $15 a year to join. Members sit in a designated area. Between 2,500 and 6,000 student tickets are available for distribution, depending on who the Tar Heels are playing.
Overtime: "Late Night With Roy" is one of the most anticipated events. It's UNC's Midnight Madness. There's a volleyball game that evening in the Smith Center and the men's basketball team puts on hilarious skits before opening their season with the first practice.
-- Nicki Jhabvala
Our house: McCarthey Athletic Center opened last year. Of the 6,000 seats, 1,200 are reserved for students. They take up the side opposite the teams. The entire length of the lower level is a sea of navy blue right up to courtside.
Signs of madness: "Support the 'Stache" refers to Adam Morrison's infamous mustache. One chant we hold true to is "This is our house!" Members of the Kennel Club research players from the other team to come up with more original chants. They look up police records, GPAs, etc. There's always one song that gets students fired up. In unison, they jump up and down and sing. Then the cheering, screaming and arm-flailing commences.
Dress for success: Kennel Club members wear their shirts to the game. Last year, it was a sea of red. This year, navy blue. Many fans are "supporting the 'stache" by wearing fake mustaches.
The ticket: Ticket distribution is held a week in advance of games, and for many students, it is an all-day event. For hours, they wait in line with their textbooks, DVD players, chairs, blankets, board games, you name it, just to get one of the 1,200 available seats.
-- Amanda Fuerte