Grad students set attendance record at annual campout for tickets

PHOTOS: Grad Student Campout 2010

This weekend, the back section of the Blue Zone parking lot on Duke’s west campus is packed with vehicles, but not the SUV’s and compacts of Duke undergraduates that you usually see.  Instead, dozens of RV’s and U-Hauls are lined up with music blaring, grills fired up and tents dotting the area.  It’s the annual grad student campout and a record 2,600 graduate and professional Duke students are “in line” hoping to claim one of 700 season-tickets up for grabs in the ticket lottery.

To earn a spot in the lottery, grad students have to make regular attendance checks throughout the campout, which lasts from Friday evening through Sunday morning.  Although the grad students definitely sacrifice some sleep over the course of the weekend, hanging around the campout isn’t too hard because the event is the biggest social event of the year for the grad student community.  Basically, the campout is a lively tailgate that lasts for 36 hours over two nights.

On Saturday evening, Coach K and our players stopped by the campout to check out the scene and show our appreciation to our dedicated fans.  The players introduced themselves, captains Kyle and Nolan said a few words and Coach K spoke about this year’s team.  The national and world champion coach praised last year’s unity in Cameron and emphasized that this year’s team isn’t looking to repeat or defend anything.  Rather, beginning October 15th, the pursuit of a national championship for this year’s group would be on (in full force).

Our players enjoyed their trip to the campout, as evidenced by several tweets sent out on their way back to Cameron:

@ndotsmitty: I had a good time at the graduate student campout!!! Can’t wait for season! They hype!! … Duke Grad students are the best period! Will have Cameron rockin this year!

@MCPlums21: I love our fans! Shout out to all our duke grads!! Love the crazies

@ryankelly34: Just leaving the grad student campout…unbelievable support from the fans!

It was pretty inspiring for our guys to see over 2,600 people basically throwing a party for the opportunity to see us live in Cameron for games which are still a couple weeks away.  As Coach K mentioned to the grad students, no school has a relationship with their Sixth Man quite like we do and we love having the Crazies on our squad.

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