Students can’t wait to enter the GCU Arena for Midnight Madness when the full Havcos experience returns.
It’s called “Camp Elliott” and was named after the first GCU camper, Daniel Elliott, after the GCU Arena was built years ago. On Tuesday morning, the students began setting up tents in the field in front of the arena.
This is the return of the entire Havocs experience after last year’s COVID-19 basketball season limited the number of students who could get in.
This is the first time men’s coach Bryce Drew and women’s coach Molly Miller have seen the full impact of the energy that the 4,000+ student groups bring to the Games.
Doors open at 11:15 a.m. on Friday evening and teams are introduced at midnight as they practice in front of a crowded arena with screaming students.
Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the women’s volleyball team randomly distribute pizza, water and donuts to the campers.
The order of tent arrivals is the order in which the group arrives at Midnight Madness. There has been some catching up to do since it was canceled last year.
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