Students camp out in front of Cintas for Temple tickets

Group braves freezing temperatures in tents but plugs into electrical outlet for heat, DVD player and Xbox while they wait | January 19, 2005

For seven Xavier students, just any seat for a basketball game will not do. They need them in the front row of the student section, and they’ll do whatever they have to do to get them.

The proof was pitched outside the ticket office this past week. Despite near-zero temperatures, the students pitched three tents Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and camped out until tickets for this weekend’s home game against Temple University became available at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.

For two and a half days, the seven rotated in and out of the tents—a plan to avoid frostbite and missing class. But, they say, it was worth it when they got the tickets they wanted.

“It’s more fun in those seats,” says Charlie Gabis. Plus the game is being broadcast on ESPN, he says, and front row seats may lead to some TV time.

As for the accommodations, the tents weren’t as nice as their dorm rooms, but it wasn’t as rough as it seems. An electrical outlet near the ticket office allowed them to operate space heaters, an Xbox and a DVD player inside the tents.

“At times the tent got too warm because we insulated the top of the tent with blankets,” says Nilay Chuksi.