June 23rd, 2010
11:41 AM ET
A true Twihard knows that seeing “Eclipse” at midnight on the day it’s released after having a marathon session of the first two films in the saga just isn’t enough.
No, one has to travel to Los Angeles and camp out for days in Nokia Plaza for Thursday's premiere to really show “Twilight” devotion.
And so camp out they have. As CNN iReporter Julie Ellerton noted, people came from across the U.S. to pitch tents as early as Monday at 6 a.m. so they could get a prime R.Patz/K.Stew/T.Lautner viewing spot when the cast walks down the red carpet on June 24. So many have descended upon downtown L.A. that another iReporter, Justin Dickerson, mistook the hordes of campers for Lakers fans.
But of course, there are rules: Nokia officials require that all the campers keep wristbands on at all times until after the premiere is over, and there's no cooking on site. An estimated 9,000 wristbands are being handed out on a first come, first serve basis that will determine the fan's placement in the viewing area on Thursday.
But how are they getting dressed every day? We've camped out overnight for concert tickets and understand that in such situations, getting front-row seats precedes cleanliness, but for four days? Hopefully vampires like ‘em smelly.
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