THON Provides Logistical Updates With One Month To Go
It’s hard to believe, but THON 2016 starts a month from today.
That means it’s time to start talking BJC logistics. THON has updated a few things, including the digital line management system introduced in 2015.
This year, all spectators in the BJC will have a digitally coded bracelet, which they can pick up at the Will Call area throughout THON weekend. Spectators will only be allowed into the BJC through Gate A. They can exit through Gates A, B, or C, but will need to be scanned out by a Rules & Regulations Committee Member (a person wearing red). Once you exit the BJC, your current bracelet deactivates and you must use a new one if you wish to return to the building at any other time during the weekend.
When the BJC inevitably reaches capacity, THON will close doors to spectators and a digital queue will start based on your bracelet number. In less confusing terms, the first person not able to enter once capacity is reached will be first in the virtual line. Spectators in this situation will have 45 minutes to return to the BJC and claim their spot, and anyone who shows up after 45 minutes will be denied access. THON will provide updates regarding capacity on an hourly basis.
Spectators can register to hold a spot for initial BJC entrance instead of lining up early like past years. Registration will open on Wednesday, February 3 at 11:59 p.m., and you can find a link on THON’s website or subscribe to THON’s email list. You can register a group of up to 150 people, and once you do that you’ll be prompted to pick a day to retrieve your wristbands. Pick them up February 15-17 in the HUB. If that doesn’t work for you, email [email protected] to figure something else out.
Groups should line up for the physical line at Gate C of Beaver Stadium. Don’t show up until your group’s allotted time, or you will be asked to leave. Cutting the line is obviously against the rules, and any spectator found cutting the line are subject to removal from the line and possible pass suspension. To enter the line, you must have your DLMS bracelet on your wrist. If you’re late, you’ll still be allowed to enter the line but you will lose your registered spot and you must start at the end of the line.
Now, there’s a digital queuing process so spectators don’t have to wait on the concourse for a Pass. Guests on a Pass list must watch a video about the Pass system then complete a survey confirming their attendance. Spectators must access the floor via the Pass system, first checking in one of the digital line check-in table located at every gate in the BJC. Once you’re set up, two notifications systems will alert you when your floor pass is available.
Once spectators receive a text that a pass is ready, they have 30 minutes to report to the pass tables located at Portal 14. If a spectator takes more than 10 minutes, his/her name will be put on a ticker appearing on the bottom of the THON jumbotron. After 30 minutes, the pass is no longer available and the spectator must start over at the digital line check-in kiosk. If spectators leaves the building, their spot in the digital Pass line is forfeited.
If you remember anything, remember this: You must bring an external phone charger with you to THON, because no one is allowed to charge a phone within the Bryce Jordan Center.
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