WACO, Texas (KWTX) Hundreds of Baylor students are showing their support for the No. 1 ranked Baylor men's basketball team by having a lock in at the Ferrell Center ahead of the biggest game in school history against number No. 3 Kansas on Saturday.
“It is absolutely crazy to see these Baylor Bears and what they have been accomplishing so far,” said Bryce McWhirter, a junior at Baylor. “It is just super awesome to be a part of this experience for the College Gameday. Not many colleges get to have two College Gameday’s, one in football, one in basketball. In the same year.”
Because of their willingness to camp out on the floor of the concourse, the students will have front row seats to ESPN's College Gameday as well as first access to seats in the student section.
“So doors opened at five. Within the first 30 minutes, we've already hit the 500 student mark so they are flowing in fast,” said Dakota Farquhar-Caddell, Associate Director of Student Activities for Baylor.
“They have time tonight if they want to go to the baseball game, it they want to go to All University Sing, they have a process where they check out and check back in so they can go to other university sponsored events. And then the doors officially shut at 3 am. So we won't let any more people come in at 3 a.m. And hopefully they get a little bit of sleep. We're showing a movie inside. We're having a couple special guest come out and give pizza and cookies. But we have a couple hours for sleep so that they are ready for the game.”
Any student not camping out should be up and ready to try and grab a ticket. Because no students could reserve a ticket online ahead of time and student tickets will be limited when doors open again at 8:30 a.m. If you're thinking about buying a ticket online, general admission tickets are going for an average of $150 a piece, and court side seats are being listed for as much as $2,000 on resale sites.
“They wanted me to get them tickets but I was like ‘mom I can't’”, laughed Antoine Mcavee, a sophomore at Baylor and Kansas City native. “I can't get them but I told them I was going back and forth. She told me to go for KU, but my 6-year-old brother told me to go for Baylor, he's throwing up the Sic ‘Em.”