Fiji Island will be set on fire.
Friday at 5:30 p.m., the Student Government Association Traditions committee will host a "Beat Vandy Bonfire" in Fraternity Park to rally school spirit before the season's final home football game.
Also open to the public, the bonfire is expected to span 10 square feet and attract an audience of around 600 guests, including UT football coach Butch Jones. Jones will make an appearance, pose for pictures and sign autographs. The Knoxville Fire Department has approved the event and will also be present to ensure safety.
Brittany Bender, a junior in political science, is a co-director of the committee and said she's looking forward to the event.
"We want to increase everyone's big orange spirit, not just students," Bender said. "But I really can't imagine anyone would want to miss out on the fun."
In Bender's opinion, events like the bonfire are necessary to maintain enthusiasm and passion on campus.
"I want everyone to feel connected, Vol to Vol, through traditions," Bender said. "Our athletics teams and really every part of our school is fueled by Vol energy. The football team needs our spirit to win."
Free Chick-fil-A sandwiches will be served and High Cotton will be giving away UT merchandise.
"It's pretty much just kind of like one last big 'hoorah' for the students," said Clay Hillyard, senior in biomedical engineering and another co-director of the SGA Tradition's Committee. "Especially the seniors."
The Traditions Committee has been preparing for the bonfire for weeks. Hillyard said he hopes the event becomes a lasting UT tradition.
"Our committee is in charge of promoting traditions and making new ones, so hopefully this event will be the one we are making new," Hillyard said. "Not very often do you get to set something on fire on campus without getting arrested."