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6 Tips To Navigate A Crowded Concourse

As we make our way through the second day of THON weekend, the BJC is slowly starting to fill up. Despite massive lines outside Gate A, a steady stream of spectators are entering the Bryce Jordan Center. That means that the concourse is going to start getting crowded. And while a fuller concourse means more volunteers, family members, and friends are coming to support the cause, it can make walking around said concourse a little tricky. To help you get from point A to point B in the BJC, here are a few tips for how to walk through the concourse.

1.Walk in single file

Obviously, the easiest way to walk through a crowd of people is to be alone. That way, you can weave through the crowd quickly and effectively. But at THON, that’s not really an option. Most of the time, you’re taking a lap or grabbing a bite to eat with a friend or two. So, if you see a group of people in the concourse, throw it back to second grade and go single file. It’s more efficient, trust me.

2. If you want to stop walking, pull over

The worst traffic jams in the BJC during THON weekend are caused by groups of people chatting in the middle of the concourse. THON brings people together, and that’s great — just not smack dab in the middle of the only pathway in the entire concourse. If you spot a long lost friend in the BJC, do everyone around you a favor and move to the side.

3. Make lines, not clumps

This is similar to the single file tip. If you’re waiting in line for food or the water fountain (bless your heart), try to stand in a line. Clumps of people just take up more room, and in a crowded space like to concourse, that is not a good thing.

4. Know where you’re going

Even if you’re just taking a lap to stretch your legs, walking with a destination in mind is key. Wandering through a crowded concourse is awful both to experience and encounter. If you’re searching for your org, you can probably find their section here.

5. Keep up a constant pace

If you need to take it slow, by all means do so — after all, you’ve probably been on your feet for awhile. But don’t stop and go while you’re walking to the bathroom. It’s painful both for your body and the people walking around you.

6. Be courteous

A smile and some “please”s and “thank you”s go a long way on the concourse. After all, this weekend is a celebration of everything we’ve done for the cure this year. So even if the concourse is a little cramped today, just remember why we’re all here!

Keep on dancing, Penn State.

About the Author

Anna Foley

Anna is a senior majoring in Communication Arts & Sciences and Spanish with a minor in Theatre. Yes, she went to Spain. Follow her half-funny thoughts @exfoleyator and send her chain emails at [email protected]


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