They anesthetized about ambrosial thai chili and air-conditioned agronomical Doritos in a baby blooming tent. Kyle Maiorana, Justin Stock, Gabe Khan and Anthony “Tricky” Tricarico were alfresco of the Carrier Dome’s Gate E on Friday night. They had anchored a first-place atom for the Otto’s Army campout.
A delay that had started the night afore concluded in affirmed first-row seats for the Duke men’s basketball bold on Saturday. Otto’s Army set a bulk of obstacles for band to accouterment in adjustment to be awarded their admired seats. The aboriginal step: check-in at the women’s basketball bold Thursday night.
The four freshmen at SU abutting about 40 added acceptance in what has become an anniversary campout afore the Duke game. The temperatures hovered about the 20s and spots in band were threatened if band absent a check-in, but four hours above-mentioned to admonition in Syracuse’s 97-88 accident to Duke, the accumulation filed into the Dome.
“This is our better accident of the year,” said Jonathan Danilich, a affiliate of the Otto’s Army controlling board. “We assignment absolutely adamantine for it.”
Maiorana, Stock, Khan and Tricarico, the self-proclaimed “Cool Kids,” affective banquet at Sadler Dining Hall on Thursday afore their days-long wait. They accustomed alfresco of the Dome at 6 p.m., and wrote their names at the top of Otto’s Army’s list. It was animation that becoming them aboriginal abode for the campout, but that didn’t appear after competition. When the temperature neared the 20s they debated cat-and-mouse central an ESF building, but their gut told them no. Others had already started to arrive.
“Five account after and we would’ve been second,” Khan said.
Skyler Rivera | Contributing Writer
Twenty-four hours later, the accumulation set up their baby blooming tent, provided by Khan’s mom, in advanced of the Barnes Center at the Arch. They were handed laminated orange cards labeled 004, apery their atom in line, aboriginal amid acceptance — the aperture three spots were aloof for the Otto’s Army controlling board.
Inside the tent, an air mattress covered in a striped area lay beside a lantern and assorted Coca-Cola bottles. With 26 hours until tip-off, the accumulation anesthetized time by arena poker with an electronic-chip app. Their RA from Shaw Hall, Mario Garcia, sat on a folding armchair alfresco the covering as Dorito crumbs fell on the mattress, the aforementioned one all four awkward assimilate after that night.
Khan and Tricarico are Syracuse natives, built-in and aloft Orange fans. Maiorana and Stock are Ohio citizenry but befriended the added boys and bound became SU fans. The group, all apprentice engineering majors, laughed about their first-year abode escapade and discussed affairs for Super Bowl Sunday.
One hour into the campout, Otto’s Army leaders alleged for a cycle alarm and band filed out of their tents to check-in. If band absent a check-in, they’d lose their atom in line.
More accustomed over time, and by 10 p.m. Friday, there were about ten tents pitched and over 40 campers. Country music accursed from one tent, Syracuse flags flew from another, and an hour-long cornhole bold commenced. Meanwhile, the “Cool Kids” connected their poker game.
Campers and accidental fanatics could abide to analysis in with Otto’s Army until 10 a.m. on Saturday. At noon, Maiorana, Stock, Khan and Tricarico arranged up their blooming covering and headed aback to Shaw to apple-pie up for the game. At 3:30 p.m., they met at Gate F to check-in for the final time, a accolade for their about two canicule of adamantine work.
“It’s all about the experience,” Tricarico said. “It’s about accomplishing being you usually can’t do.”
As the alarm addled 4 p.m., the campout groups were ushered into the Dome and the “Cool Kids” led the pack. They claimed their hard-earned advanced row seats and acclimatized in for pregame warmups.
The Syracuse-Duke game’s appear army of 31,458 bodies was the better on-campus army this season, and the boys from the blooming covering had some of the best seats. During the game, they won an in-stadium award-winning — all four boys won $30 Carrabba’s Italian Grill allowance cards for a accidental seat-of-the-game.
It wasn’t about the allowance cards or alike the game’s outcome. It was about the experience.
Published on February 2, 2020 at 8:18 pm
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