Camping out is a time honored tradition here at UCLA. Before we get into how much fun you can have camping out, let’s go over the basics.
Who: UCLA Students that have purchased a Den Sports Pass
Why: To receive a blue priority number that allows access into the Arena Level Seating
Where: South Pauley Pavilion, along the wall to Spaulding Field
When: Anytime between 9am the day before the game through 6:30am on game day
Campout can begin as early as 9am the day before the game, but it does not need to start at that time. Campout truly begins when the first camper reports to South Pauley and writes their name on the sign in sheet.
Rally Committee and The DEN oversee the camp out process. Priority Numbers are only valid for Den Season Ticket holders.
Each Number is valid for the game, date and time indicated on the number. A student’s Number may be considered invalid if (s)he is not at Northwest Pauley Pavilion 90 minutes prior to game time, OR if (s)he is not in the correct place in line when doors open. Doors open to the first individual in line (Number #1) 60 minutes prior to game time.
During the Campout
An official campout sign-up list will be posted by The DEN at the Southwest Corner of Pauley the day before every game. You are allowed to sign up with one partner – if you do, write both names in the same row.
Once you sign in, either you or your partner must be present at South Pauley (or excused) at ALL times. The DEN will conduct random roll calls. If at any time the DEN line monitor finds you and your partner absent, both names will be crossed off the list.
You may be excused for a bathroom break of 10 minutes. However, you MUST notify the line monitor when you leave and when you return to be considered excused.
Over the course of the day and evening you and your partner may switch off being present at the camp out. This process allows students to leave for class and extracurricular activities as long as they find a partner who can be there when they cannot. One of you is expected to sleep outside until morning pass out.
Tents & Set Up: Students with tents must place those against the north Spaulding Field fence line. Students can set-up sleeping bags but no tents along the South side of Pauley Pavilion. There must be an 8 foot path down the middle of the walkway. That means students have 7 feet to set up items along the Pauley side and 10 feet to set up items on the Spaulding side.
Power: There are electrical outlets along the Spaulding field side of the walkway. Power plugs can be used on that fence line but cords cannot be pulled across the walkway to the Pauley side.
Restrooms: Restrooms will be open at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
Prohibited items: TV’s over 40”, open flames, BBQ’s, candles and space heaters will not be allowed. Alcohol will not be permitted.
Morning Pass Out
At 6:30am the morning of the game, Rally Committee will give out Numbers in order of who signed -up. One partner must be present at that time to claim the Number(s). After those present from the list have been served, remaining Numbers are given out on a first come, first served basis until 7:00am. Any remaining Numbers are made available at the afternoon pass out.
In order to receive a Number, you must present your UCLA Bruin Card. If you are getting a number for you and your partner, both names must be on the same line of the sign in sheet and you must have both Bruin Cards. Each Bruin Card will be swiped to confirm that both students have the Den Sports Pass and only have one priority number.
Note: Only the official sign-up list will be accepted. If the official list is gone or destroyed by the time Rally Committee arrives, Rally Committee and The DEN will distribute Numbers at their discretion.
What to Do at Campouts
Now that you know the rules, it’s time to brainstorm what you can do at campouts. You are not required to stay in line, instead you can move around within the campsite however you please. Do homework, watch movies, eat food, play video games or board games, make signs, or sleep! I’m sure we’ve forgotten some activities but this should keep you occupied for a bit!
Make sure to clean up after yourself in the morning. Keep our gorgeous Pauley Pavilion and its surrounding area looking as beautiful as ever.