Bob Yakos Wins Last Fan Sitting Contest
Jan. 8, 2009
Wake Forest University today awarded the first four seats in the second year of the Football Seat Rights program to Bob Yakos, the winner of the Last Fan Sitting Contest which concluded Thursday morning at BB&T Field.
Yakos, a 40-year old physician's assistant who lives in Clemmons, was declared the last fan sitting after spending 74.5 hours braving the elements at BB&T Field. From the original group of 23 contestants who started at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, there were nine still in the stadium when the contest concluded at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Those nine were then asked a series of Wake Forest football trivia questions to determine the winner.
Yakos receives Football Seat Rights and Wake Forest season tickets for 15 years. The first prize is valued at $22,000. Yakos chose his four seats in Section 7 of BB&T Field, close to the location of the season tickets he has purchased for the last several years. The other eight finalists received football season tickets for the 2009 season.
Contestants were allowed to bring one bag of no more than 20 pounds. Most brought along sleeping bags and extra clothes. They were entitled to a 10-minute break every two hours and a 15-minute break every six hours. During the contest, the competitors were exposed to wind, rain and temperatures that dropped into the 30s at night. During times of rain, the contest was moved to the outdoor seats in front of the Club Level of Deacon Tower so that the competitors were not directly exposed to the rain.
"I didn't really have a strategy other than trying to stay warm and dry," said Yakos. The father of three young boys, Yakos will utilize his season tickets to attend Wake Forest games with his entire family.
Unlike the cut-throat atmosphere of TV reality shows, the 10 who lasted the longest developed a bond as they shared their affection for Wake Forest.
"We had a good time," said Yakos. "We had a lot of excellent conversations and we were all supportive of each other. The Wake Forest bond brought us together and made the experience enjoyable."
A native of Cooperstown, New York, Yakos is a graduate of the physician's assistant program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He credited a friend, Jimmy Allred, who lent him his Gore-Tex fishing gear for the contest.
"The first night was by far the worst," said Yakos. "I think everybody out here considered leaving at some point that night." Of the 23 competitors who started the competition, just 10 were left after the first 24 hours.
The trivia questions were posed to the competitors in groups of five questions. Four contestants remained in the third round of questioning as Yakos was joined by Andrew Boyd, Brett Eagle and Danny Coomer.
The rest of the final nine contestants included Joe Parry, Mark and Cameron Adams, Jim Rhodes and Kim Phillips. Austin Dunning was one of the group of 10 who made it through the first 24 hours but he withdrew from the contest Wednesday evening.
Yakos answered four of the five trivia questions correctly in the third round. He knew that quarterbacks coach Tom Elrod is the only Wake Forest graduate on the staff, that offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke majored in economics at the Air Force Academy, that the Bobcat is the mascot for Ohio University, head coach Jim Grobe's previous coaching stop, and that assistant coach Tim Billings once coached Randy Moss at Marshall University.