Full house expected for Gonzaga's Kraziness in the Kennel

<p><p>One of the Kraziest parts of Gonzaga’s annual Kraziness in the Kennel is that 6,000, and occasionally a few hundred more standing in concourses, typically pack the McCarthey Athletic Center to get their first look at the team.</p></p><p><p>After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19 protocols, a full house is expected Saturday at 1 p.m. for the 2021 version of Kraziness in the Kennel. It’ll mark the first time the Kennel has been full of fans since the Zags downed Saint Mary’s 86-76 on Senior Night on Feb. 29, 2020.</p></p><p><p>Gonzaga went on to win the West Coast Conference Tournament in Las Vegas and was poised to be a No. 1 seed playing at the Spokane Arena before the 2020 NCAA Tournament was scrapped by the COVID-19 pandemic.</p></p><p><p>The Zags played inside a largely empty Kennel last season until the final four regular-season games when players’ families were permitted to attend. Even at Lucas Oil Stadium, the 70,000-seat home of the Indianapolis Colts and the Final Four last April, attendance was limited to approximately 8,000 for GU’s overtime win against UCLA and national championship loss to Baylor.</p></p><p><p>Fans demonstrated how eager they are to return to the McCarthey Athletic Center by snapping up all of the free tickets within 2-3 hours of them becoming available Monday on the school’s athletic department website.</p></p><p><p>For numerous Zags, including sophomore Julian Strawther, senior Andrew Nembhard and a four-player freshman class led by top-rated recruit Chet Holmgren, Saturday will be their first time playing inside a packed Kennel.</p></p><p><p>Strawther, Holmgren, guard Dominick Harris, who is battling a lower-right leg injury, and forward Ben Gregg have been spectators on recruiting visits inside a full Kennel. Nembhard, a key contributor to Gonzaga’s 31-1 record last season, played his first two years at Florida before transferring to GU.</p></p><p><p>The Kraziness schedule of events is expected to include elaborate player introductions, a 3-point shooting contest and a dunk competition, followed by a scrimmage typically in the 15- to 20-minute range.</p></p><p><p>Fans 12 and older must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event. Masks will be required inside the Kennel for fans over the age of 5.</p></p><p><p>Kraziness in the Kennel will be streamed live at GoZags.com. KHQ and SWX will air a replay at 4 p.m. Saturday.</p></p>