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Fans will get chance to purchase Izzone tickets

October 18, 2000

If you have a tarp, $132 and a whole lot of determination, by Sunday you could also have a ticket to sit in the largest student basketball fan section in the nation.

On Saturday morning, MSU students who dream of watching sophomore guard Jason Richardson dunk and senior guard Charlie Bell speed down the court from the Izzone can begin roughing it out to claim tickets, Izzone co-director Brad Johanson said.

The 250-odd remaining tickets - a $132 package that includes courtside seating at all 12 home games, a T-shirt, traveling options and other perks - go on sale at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Student Alumni Foundation on the third floor of the Union.

But to secure a ticket, cancel those plans to go to Ann Arbor this weekend, and get prepared to spend a few days camping, Johanson said.

“I think it will make it a tough decision,” he said. “(The directors) had to get rid of our Michigan tickets to do it and last year it was during Homecoming weekend at home. They were willing to give that up to camp out.”

Finance junior Adam Wilson sold his front row tickets to the Michigan game Saturday to spend the weekend sleeping on the ground in front of the Union. But he said it will be worth it.

“It’s gonna be a long time sitting out there,” he said. “And I don’t know what we’re gonna do if it rains. But that’s not gonna stop me from getting these tickets.”

Students can begin lining up anytime Saturday at the southeast corner of the Union and can bring tarps, sleeping bags, food and coolers, he said.

The only difference from last year? No one is allowed to bring a tent.

“That really sucks, but DPS (MSU police) said no tents,” Johanson said. “Last year some people got a little frustrated when it got cold, but for the most part though, they said they had a really good time.”

Students will receive a numbered wristband when they arrive to the line.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday, the directors will have random roll calls.

If any student is not in line during a roll call, they will be crossed off the list, with no exceptions, Johanson said.

Last year more than 350 people waited in line for up to 42 hours for 253 tickets. This year the turnout should be similar, if not bigger, Johanson said.

Special education junior Steve Young was number 263 in line last year, and enough people missed their roll call that he ended up with a ticket.

“It was a blast,” he said. “We ended up tenting with people we didn’t know, and we were freezing. But it was an experience you’re not gonna forget - how Tom Izzo came out four times, and talked with us and hung out. It was so much fun.”

However, students hoping to come earlier than Saturday to ensure a spot should be warned.

“Someone will definitely be out there turning people away if they come before Saturday,” Johanson said. “And then they might not be able to get tickets at all.”

Some food will be provided for campers, including burgers Saturday and doughnuts Sunday.

And if you’re hoping to still catch the football game, you never know who could decide to bring extension cords and portable televisions, Johanson said.

“I can’t promise anything, but I know I don’t want to miss the game,” he said. “We’ll find a way.”

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