this may not be much of any advice but I showed up to the Utah game last year 3+ hours in advance and was in a good spot. Showed up to Western this year with 2hrs or so before kick and ended up in a shitty spot near the tennis courts with a "green nazi" who refused to let us set up cornhole boards within 15 feet of the fringe.
mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!