Krzyzewskiville has nothing on Boeheimburg.
Just one day before the highly-anticipated matchup between the Syracuse Orange and Duke Blue Devils, Jim Boeheim and coaches and players stopped by the Carrier Dome to say thanks to students who had camped out for prime seats to the game. Boeheim, along with Mike Hopkins, Gerry McNamara, Baye Keita, and others passed out coffee and donuts and hung out with their most loyal supporters.
"It's what makes our program - we're proud of that and it's something you have to have to be successful," said Boeheim.
Members of â??Ottoâ??s Armyâ??, the nickname of the SU student section at home games, pitched tents and have been braving the Central New York cold and snow for nearly two weeks, all in an effort to secure the best locations for Saturdayâ??s showdown. These students already have their tickets, but want to be first in line when the Dome gates open so they can pick out the best spot to watch the game. Students have camped out in groups of four, alternating between waiting in line and attending classes.
Boeheim took at look at the tent city and asked students how they kept warm. The coach joked that he slept outside one night as a boy scout but was ready to give up by 3:00am after the temperature dropped to about 30 degrees.
Duke students are known to camp out in â??Krzyzewskivilleâ?? for tickets to Blue Devil games at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the 9,314 seat home of the famed â??Cameron Craziesâ??. However, they rarely have to do it in sub-zero temperatures. â??Boeheimburgâ?? is the name coined by SU students for the camp outside of the Carrier Dome.
The Orange tip off with the Blue Devils at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. An on-campus record 35,446 tickets have been sold for the game. It will be telecast on ESPN, following the â??College GameDayâ?? broadcast in the morning. That event still has a few tickets remaining, as of Friday morning.