When To Arrive At The BJC In Order To See The Final Four
THON Weekend is the culmination of a yearlong effort by student volunteers in the fight against childhood cancer. Likewise, the Final Four is the culmination of Penn State’s 46 hour Dance Marathon. This period, from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, is far and above the most anticipated portion of THON weekend. However, if you’re planning to be inside the Bryce Jordan Center for the Final Four — including Family Hour and the total reveal — you better plan on being inside long before noon.
The BJC has a capacity of roughly 15,250 spectators. If, at any point in the weekend, the number of people inside the venue meets this limit, the doors are closed and no new visitors are allowed entry into the BJC. At that point, those still wishing to get into THON can pick up a wrist band and try their chances at the virtual line. If the past is any indicator, the next time THON hits capacity this weekend the doors will not open again for anyone, including those in the digital line.
Although nobody — seriously, nobody — can predict with certainty what time the BJC will fill up and close its doors for the the final four hours of THON 2018, we do know that the past two years have hit capacity between 4:50 a.m. (THON 2016) and 5:36 a.m. (THON 2017). If earlier events this weekend serve as an example, you’ll want to be inside the BJC before sunrise Sunday morning if you’re hoping to see the the Final Four in person.
All that considered, our official prediction: The BJC will hit capacity at 5:10 a.m. Sunday morning.**
**Disclaimer: This article has already noted the impossibility of predicting what time the BJC will hit capacity in anticipation of the Final Four for THON 2018. Rather, the author, who has been to many a THON, simply aims to provide historical context to the times that THON has hit final capacity in recent years. Furthermore, Onward State assumes no liability if the above prediction is drastically off from the actual time the BJC closes its doors this weekend and you are stuck either waiting in the cold or way too tired.