By Mac Cerullo, Sports Editor
Frigid cold temperatures and a long, dark night have never deterred the most hardcore Husky supporters from camping out to get the best seats at Gampel Pavilion. Tonight is no exception. Students will be welcomed back to campus tomorrow with one of the biggest games on the schedule, No. 7 Villanova vs. No. 10 UConn at Gampel Pavilion, and some of those who are back on campus a day early had set up shop outside to brave the cold for the first big game of the new semester.
While students camping out for good seats at a basketball game isn’t unusual, the scene that unfolded at tonight’s campout was something you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else. The fans took advantage of a large snowbank outside of Gampel, smoothed it out and turned it into a big projector screen, which they were able to use to watch “The Town” as they passed the time out in the freezing cold.
About 13 or 14 people were watching when I stopped by. The movie could be heard well down the street thanks to an amp they had rigged to the projector, and the fans seemed comfortable despite the cold. In addition to the movie, the fans also had pizza, chairs, and even a space heater to go along with six tents.
Kyle Campbell, a junior who has been camping out since last year’s Texas game, described the experience as something every Husky fan should try at least once, and that “the key is being prepared.” Wearing a lot of layers, he said, helps offset the cold and make the night more enjoyable.
There was some question as to whether or not campus police would allow the fans to spend the night out of their own safety (it is supposed to drop below zero early tomorrow morning) but as I left the camp, more fans began to show up. If the turnout was any indication, tomorrow’s crowd at Gampel by game time should be huge. A perfect start to what should be an exciting semester of basketball on campus.