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Your Guide To THON 2023

The time has come. THON Weekend is upon us.

Whether it’s your first THON or you just need a refresher on how this weekend will operate, we’ve got you covered. Check out our guide to answer all of your questions related to parking, bag policies, and more.


THON 2023 begins on Friday, February 17, and runs until Sunday, February 19, at the Bryce Jordan Center. To enter the event, you’ll first receive a wristband in the general spectator line between gates A and B.

Doors open at 4 p.m. and dancers stand at 6 p.m. on Friday. THON doesn’t release times for specific events, but in years past, there’s been a Friday and Saturday night concert. You’ll probably want to attend Final Four, which begins at noon on Sunday and is pretty darn emotional.

At times, the BJC hits capacity, so keep that in mind. This is more likely to happen Friday night, Saturday afternoon/evening, and late Sunday morning. You can check the status here.


BJC parking is free!

General parking can be found in the Stadium West, Jordan East, and Porter North parking lots. You can ignore the no parking signs, and there is no time limit for the weekend.

Overnight parking enforcement will be lifted downtown, too. The “no parking 2 to 6 a.m.” rule will be lifted at noon on Friday until 2 a.m. on Monday. One and two-hour restrictions will be lifted as well. You’ll still have to pay for metered parking between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., though.

Clear Bag Policy

Leave the fanny packs at home, folks.

Your items must be stored in a 12” x 6” x 12” clear tote or a gallon-sized plastic bag. Wallets and clutches that are 4.5” x 6.5” x 1″ are fine, too.

Backpacks and purses are not permitted.

COVID-19 Protocols

If you’re sick, stay home. Otherwise, there are no other hoops to jump through. Attendees are not required to wear masks or provide their vaccine status.


You can’t bring food or drinks in, but you can bring an empty reusable water bottle. Transportation-related items like skateboards are not permitted.

All liquids are banned — except sealed bubbles. That’s fine.

If you’re severely allergic to nuts, come at your own risk. The BJC sells food items that contain nuts that aren’t individually packaged. Beware.

Additionally, cameras with detachable cameras are not allowed in. Disposable cameras are fine.

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