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Hundreds of ASU students camping out ahead of rivalry football game

Camp Fargo at the ASU campus. (Twitter Photo/@FootballASU)

PHOENIX — Part of the Arizona State University campus looked more like a campground Friday ahead of the team’s rivalry football game against the University of Arizona.

A record 350-plus campgrounds were set up around Wells Fargo Arena as of Friday morning in what’s been termed Camp Fargo. The number tops last year’s figure of 250 campgrounds before the big game against Notre Dame.

Some students, such as Autumn Minarchin, said they weren’t getting much sleep ahead of a full day of classes.

“I love ASU and camping out and not getting any sleep,” she said. “Yeah, it sucks, but I love it — being out here and doing this with all my friends. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

“I’ve been up since 2 a.m. [Thursday morning],” another student, Michael Salorio, said. “I have class at noon. I only have one class [Friday], luckily.”

The campground has become a tradition of sorts for ASU students despite the school saying they do not need to sleep near the stadium to access the student section.

The ASU Sun Devils will take on the rival UA Wildcats on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.