BYU basketball starts its season Friday night at the Marriott Center against University of Texas at Tyler. It's only exhibition play at this point, but they tip off the regular season Nov. 5 at home against Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m.
Here are a few tips to make going to the BYU home basketball games at the Marriott Center more enjoyable.
Parking is tough, but available
Despite capacity at the Marriott Center being 19,600, for most BYU men's basketball games it is not full. That means there is places to park.
Unfortunately, many of the parking lots directly around the Marriott Center are reserved for those with a parking pass. However, you can always park across Canyon Road from LaVell Edwards Stadium and the walk up University Parkway. Also, the neighborhood directly north of the Marriott Center has free parking.
BYU fans are notorious for showing up late – ever heard of Mormon Standard Time? But you should get to the BYU basketball game in time for the introduction of the starting lineups.
First, they introduce the visiting team, which is situated directly in front of the BYU student section, the ROC. After each visiting player is introduced the ROC welcomes then with a, “Hi Robert … Hi John ... Hi Joe.”
Following the visitors’ introductions, the real show begins. The lights go out and the volume gets cranked up. Fans go nuts as the home team is introduced and the game draws near.
Also, for more high-profile games, they hand out glowing sticks that have a great effect during introductions.
Plenty of places to eat
Like LaVell Edwards Stadium, the Marriott Center has a variety of things to eat, many of which migrated from the football stadium.
Check out our slideshow on foods found at LaVell Edwards Stadium for an idea on what to get at the Marriott Center.
I suggest the BratTail. Don't knock it till you try it.
Grab a drink, you'll need it
While you're getting food, be sure to stop by any of the traditional concession stands and get a drink in a souvenir cup. These cups are refillable anytime during the game you purchased it at. And since you got to the Marriott Center early, you should be able to down a free cup of your favorite soda before the game even starts.
Plus, the cup is great to collect and then use when you have friends over to watch away games.
Stay until the end
I don't know if there is an invisible sign that flashes late in a BYU basketball game, or not, but if the game is not close, a good chunk of BYU “fans” will all simultaneously get up and leave with five minutes left in the game.
This is a mistake.
At the first dead-ball whistle with less than four minutes left in the game, the Marriott Center comes to life again. The lights go out once more and the ROC goes crazy under a giant banner that covers nearly all of the student section. It's a great atmosphere that sadly some fans miss.