Kentucky fans occupied McDonalds. Kentucky fans occupied Memorial. KSR College occupied the Vandy student section.
A stream of Kentucky fans, some clad proudly in blue and white, others more secretive with black and gold, marched toward Memorial Gymnasium this morning in an effort to “Occupy Memorial.” Before we were even close enough to smell Jay Bilas’ swagger, we were told to march ourselves over to a small tent to receive our Kentucky fan tickets. We all knew exactly what these tickets would signify: an attempt to pile all of the Kentucky supporters into the upper arena. A handful of Kentucky fans (KSR College included) who read the memo about dressing incognito bypassed the line for the UK allotment of tickets. Our struggle didn’t end there. As soon as we walked in with the 4 other Vandy fans on hand, we were told to open our jackets. Moments later a woman with a comforting smoker’s cough warned all of us incognito fans, “if you are seen wearing blue or cheering for Kentucky anywhere other than the upper arena, you WILL be ejected.” Challenge accepted.
We spent no more than 5 minutes attempting to blend in among the 15-20 non-student Vandy fans in the side section of the arena before we were
asked begged to move to to the actual student section. The reason? The student section was half full, at best, and already struggling to keep up with the newly blue-filled upper arena.
Once in the actual student section, we began to better understand the life of a Vandy student.
Less than an hour into College Game Day, we were able to move our way up into the heart of the Vandy crowd. Channeling our inner WWMKGD (What would Michael Kidd-Gilchrist do?), we decided to take our chances on being ejected and throw our caution and 3 goggles to the wind. The rest of the morning was spent chuckling at Vandy’s futile attempts to drown out the chants of “Go Big Blue” and “C-A-T-S, Cats, Cats, Cats.” The only time the Vandy fans remembered to chant was after the Kentucky fans started one.
Honestly, the Vandy fans didn’t care that we were there. In fact, they just didn’t care at all. For as hard as they tried to keep the Kentucky faithful out of the crowd for their big day, they should have been thanking us as we walked out. Without the addition of our loud cheers, energy and rumbling McDonald’s filled stomachs– that place would have been even more dead than it already was. You’re welcome, Vandy. And thanks in advance for win #25. Consider yourselves completely and utterly occupied from the inside out.
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