The University of Tennessee’s Campus Entertainment Board will host Vol Night Long Friday in the T-RECS. The event will start at 10 p.m. and last until 2 a.m., and all students and guests are welcome. Vol Night Long promotes alcohol awareness and drunk driving prevention by providing an alternative weekend experience for students.
“Vol Night Long is our way of promoting alcohol and substance-free fun. It’s a great way to hang out with friends, and the best part is that everything is free,” Edie McCants, Vol Night Long chair, said.
The event’s theme is “Take me out to the ballgame,” and a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities will be available for students to participate in. There will also be a raffle room that gives students the opportunity to win prizes from STA Travel, UT Vols, Lady Vols and Apple.
Last semester, more than 1,200 students participated in Vol Night Long in the UC. New, better attractions will ensure another large turnout this semester. McCants said the event has expanded its attractions in order to cater to the growing crowd.
“This semester (it) is completely based on what the students want; everything from the food to the games,” McCants said.
Included in the attractions upgrade is a fatal-vision goggles obstacle course that will be provided by the UTPD. In addition, students can also participate in cosmic laser tag on the intramural fields. Indoor activities range from inflatables, karaoke and old-time photos to classic courtside games like dodgeball and volleyball.
“There is definitely something for everyone,” McCants said.
David Lane, sophomore in business, said he enjoyed the event last year when he attended with friends.
“I was very impressed with the events Campus Entertainment Board had to offer,” Lane said.
Jenny Cavanaugh, CEB vice chair, said the event’s new location at the T-RECS will add a different dynamic.
“Vol Night Long has grown to be a much more popular and large-scale event. It has really grown to be a favorite for UT students,” Cavanaugh said.
Also separating this Vol Night Long event from those in the past is that the Volapolooza artist will be announced at midnight.
“At midnight CEB will be making the announcement of the band that will be coming to Volapalooza. Ben Folds came last year, and the turnout was fantastic. I am positive that when the announcement is made excitement will quickly spread throughout the campus and entire Knoxville area,” McCants said.
Midnight also marks free food for students, as breakfast will be served as a midnight meal provided by UT catering.
“Vol Night Long is a great way for students to do something different on a Friday night,” Cavanaugh said. “Everything is free, so it’s a great opportunity for students to have a lot of fun and experience something diverse on a weekend.”