Krzyzewskiville is closing up shop, for now.
Duke's famous tent city, Krzyzewskiville, is being shut down temporarily because of flu concerns.
Not even the best rivalry in college basketball can escape the wrath of a wicked flu season nationwide. In light of several Duke students being diagnosed with the flu recently, the university is giving students camping out in Krzyzewskiville a "grace period" to return to the dorms.
The grace period is indefinite. According to the Duke Chronicle, there are 70 tents currently in Krzyzewskiville.
Typically, Duke students camp out in tents for weeks at a time in order to secure tickets to the annual rivalry game against North Carolina. The Blue Devils will host the Tar Heels in Durham on March 3.
Under normal circumstances, student tents are occupied by 12 people. One of the 12 must be in the tent at all times during the day, with six of the 12 needing to be present at night.
In a letter to students and parents, Duke vice president for student affairs Larry Moneta said the school is taking "a cautious approach."
Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta told parents the university acted because it has “had several new cases of influenza among our student population” and has “identified some students from K-ville with the flu.”
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“The continued high-level activity of this flu season is consistent with the severe seasons of 2009 and 2014,” Moneta said. “While the virus is not more inherently infectious than average, it’s making its way to a lot more people.”
The first Duke-UNC matchup is set for next week, with the Tar Heels hosting the Blue Devils on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
Hopefully Krzyzewskiville will be back up and running soon.