Tickets to the Kansas-Missouri football game are a hot commodity, and Kansas University students camped out Sunday to ensure they get the best seats available.
About 15 students set up tents and folding chairs Sunday in preparation for a long day and night of waiting to pick up tickets to the Nov. 24 Border Showdown, which become available at 9 a.m. today. While the game is sold out, KU pre-sold 8,000 tickets to students as part of a season ticket package, a university official said; the student ticket-holders today will be vying to get seats closest to the action.
Katie Huber, a sophomore from St. Louis, and Lauren Hickman, a sophomore from Riverside, Mo., were first in line. Though they arrived at 10 a.m. Sunday, a friend had staked out the spot at 1:30 a.m. Their motivation was simple: "We want to be in the front row," Hickman said.
They planned to combat boredom by bringing along homework and even a movie projector to show a film on the side of Allen Fieldhouse.
"We'll probably be here all night," Huber said. "We have some food, but we'll be doing a lot of delivery."
"I planned this before the season started," said Dominic Buli, a sophomore from Overland Park, who had been in line since 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning. He brought a laptop computer to watch Sunday night's KU men's basketball game, as well as some magazines to pass the time.
He wasn't worried about staying all night.
"I camped out last week for the Nebraska game and that was 10 times colder than this," he said.