ESPN’s College GameDay is returning to Eugene for the fifth year in a row. To properly celebrate the moment, many Duck fans camp out the night before to ensure a good spot to watch Lee Corso’s antics. For those who have never attended GameDay before, here is an import checklist to follow:
— Before you make your way to stand in line, make sure to eat a big dinner. Once you get in line you won’t get another chance for food, so plan accordingly. Try to stick to protein and greens to fuel you through the night. Snacks are also a smart idea, so stuff those pockets. You’ll be thankful for those cookies at 1 a.m.
— Use the restroom before you go. You won’t get another chance once you stake your spot in line, so don’t risk it. Avoid too many liquids and prepare yourself for the long haul.
— It’s going to be cold Friday night, so dress warmly. Layering is a smart idea as you can always strip down. Heavy jackets, sweatshirts and jeans are all musts. Throw on a beanie too and you are set to make it through the night. The truly prepared will wear their long johns and be toasty all night.
— You’re in Oregon, so prepare for rain. Even though the weather report calls for clear skies, use your better judgment and bring emergency rain gear. We all know it never rains in Autzen, but on Friday night, you won’t be there quite yet. You are going to be waiting in line out in the elements so rain jackets are a must.
— One of the best GameDay traditions is the often ridiculous, yet creative, signs people bring. Join the crowd and hold up that custom sign for the world to see. Be smart about what material you use to make it, as anything too flimsy won’t make it through the night. Attaching your masterpiece to a stick is also a good idea as then you can raise it up for the world to see. Remember, when making your sign, the funnier the better. But be warned, anything vulgar will get confiscated at the gate. So keep it PG because you don’t want all that hard work to go to waste.
— Go with friends because it can get lonely at 3 a.m. Your buddies will help get you through the night and convince you to stick it out during your moments of weakness. Plus misery loves company and you are guaranteed to be miserable at some point Friday or the wee hours of Saturday morning.
— Limber up before heading out. Stretching is an important and often overlooked task. You need to prepare yourself for standing in line for hours upon hours, so get those thighs ready. Squats, calf raises and some light jogging are all good ideas. A cramp is the last thing anyone needs.
— The single most important item on this check list is sleep. Skip partying Thursday night and instead turn in early to ensure you are well rested for Friday. There is no such thing as sleeping too early the night before.
Follow this checklist and you will be ready to survive College GameDay. Who knows, you may even get that wonderful glimpse of Kirk Herbstreit.