College football: USU students camp out early for front-row seats to BYU game
Logan • How does it sound to sit in a tent in sub-40-degree Logan weather waiting for a siren to wake you up before the dawn?
If it sounds fun, you might've had a chance to sit in the front row of the Utah State student section at Romney Stadium on Friday night.
More than 2,000 students camped out on the campus quad for a shot at a wristband, the early entry pass into the Aggies' sold-out home game against BYU, although temperatures sunk and students had to be alert for a siren that announced the school was handing out wristbands.
Matt Dixon, 25, and Keyanee Faught, 22, were among the first to set up camp. In their tent, they had a power generator and a TV to help them muddle through the night.
Faught said they arrived at 4 p.m., and by 6:30, the quad was filling up. The students waited until about 4 a.m. for the wristbands.
"Everybody has to get out of there right away," Dixon said. "It's like herding cattle it's what they do up in Aggie Country."
From there, the waiting process was not over. Students lined up outside the stadium until 4 p.m. a half-hour earlier than the normal entry time when they were allowed in to the stands. From there, it was a cascade of bodies down to the front of Romney.
Typically, the Utah State student ticketing process is a mere scan-and-enter arrangement, Aggies athletics officials said. BYU is one of the few games that merits "camp-out" status. Utah State seats more than 6,000 students for every home game.
Up since 2:30 a.m., Faught was adamant: He would do it again for his front-row seat.
"I'm about to see Utah State beat down the Cougars," Faught said before the game. "I got adrenaline rushing through me right now."