Students clustered together, trying to find ways to pass the time. Some napped while others did homework or ordered pizza and played with UNC-themed poker cards while waiting for the Duke-UNC basketball game.
The line for Phase 1 student entry was randomized because of the overwhelming interest in the game and because of students’ safety, according to Carolina Athletics in an email.
Randomization discourages students from camping out to receive the best spots in line.
With this structure, students started lining up outside of the Smith Center beginning at noon. At 1 p.m., all Phase 1 ticket holders in place at that time were randomized using numbered wristbands and a random number generator.
Senior Wesley Roten, a Phase 1 ticket holder, said randomization benefited him, but he could see how it would be frustrating for some.
“We were in the front of the line, and when Roy (Williams) picked the number, only 70 people were moved in front of us ... I high-fived him and touched his championship ring,” Roten said.
Sophomore Brandon Feaster said he got his Phase 1 ticket by being one of the top 150 point holders in Carolina Fever members.
“I absolutely hate randomization. I feel like it should be like whoever wants to put the most work into it because last year we sat out here all night. We were literally one through six and ended up being in the back of the risers,” Feaster said.