Campus Campout

By Steven Luke
|  Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011  |  Updated 5:15 PM PDT
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Students started lining up outside San Diego State University's Viejas Arena on Wednesday more than 70 hours before the nationally televised basketball game tips off Saturday morning.

The students want to make sure they're in the building for what's widely considered the biggest hoops game in school history.

"I thought to myself, if I don't do this, if I don't camp out, I'll regret it until the day I die," said freshman Bill Johnson.

2500 student tickets will be released Friday at 4 p.m., which means until then the students will be eating, sleeping, and studying from the front of Viejas Arena.

Students say they're still able to make it to class by working in shifts with friends and classmates.

"So pretty much the way we're doing it is if you're not in class you should be sitting out here helping to save a spot.  If you're in class or have a meeting or work you can go and do that," said SDSU senior Abigail Goode.

A second line was forming around the corner at an admission gate where students want to be first in line to enter Viejas Arena when doors open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

"What we're doing is we have half our group over there and I'm over here" said Gina Abbamonte, a senior. "We're all just going to shuffle so they can get their tickets and I can hold the spot here. We have a system."   

The student tickets are general admission, so it's first come, first serve in terms of the better seats.

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