Have you been praying to the gods of television to hurry up and air the “Game of Thrones” premiere? Well, thanks to the University Program Board (UPB) and HBO College, those prayers have been answered.
At 8 p.m. March 24, a full two weeks before it is set to air on television, students are invited to attend an early screening of the first episode of season four of “Game of Thrones” in the Braden Auditorium.
The event is free. Sound too good to be true? The only catch is that you have to call Braden Auditorium in order to make your reservation.
Lindsey Rietschel, student and HBO college campus agent, says there are still plenty of tickets left, but once all the seats have been reserved, the event will be sold out.
Tickets to the “Game of Thrones” screening can be reserved by contacting the Braden Auditorium box office.
ISU was selected by HBO as one of only a few colleges to host a prescreening of the premiere.
While Rietschel stated that she is “not sure what went behind HBO selecting ISU as one of the schools to host a prescreening,” she said she knew when she was approached by HBO that this was going to be big.
Because of this, she wanted to reach out to UPB to help get the word out to students.
Those planning on attending the screening have quite an interactive evening to look forward to.
“Before the event, there will be a live Twitter feed featuring the ‘#HBOCollege’ hashtag,” Rietschel said. “There is also the possibility that the @gameofthrones official Twitter will be interacting with students. We’re known to ‘swag’ students with HBO merchandise who mention us using the #HBOCollege hashtag on Twitter.”
Fans are being encouraged to dress-up for the costume contest that will be held for the event. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed attendees.
Barb Dallinger, associate director of events for the Bone Student Center, is also energized about the screening.
“I think the best part of this event is getting our students access to the series premiere before it goes out to the general public. That’s exciting stuff,” she said.
Be sure to keep an eye out on campus for Rietschel and fellow HBO College Campus Agent and sophomore Lisa Hipelius. The two “host monthly HBO events as well as weekly tableings around campus, which consist of giving away prizes,” Rietschel said.
To remain up to date on HBO events on campus, follow @l_rietschel or @xolisamarie23 on Twitter.