On the heels of a successful opening, Countdown 2 Kickoff will undergo changes before Sept. 7's home game against Army.
Student groups, including the Black Student Association, the Student Government Association and the University Program Board contributed to Thursday’s alternative tailgating event.
Though the event got off to a slow start, more than 600 people eventually made their way to East Field to take part in cornhole, human bowling and life-size hamster ball races.
“They had a lot of international students come through,” Whitney Keafer, a volunteer at the event, said. “There were a lot of freshmen and they were all asking us kind of what goes on, so that was cool. I’d say it was a good experience overall because the freshmen had somewhere to go.”
Next week, the Resident Hall Association will take over the event as its own.
“The second Countdown 2 Kickoff is going to be the most interesting,” Rachel Spudic, RHApresident, said. “It’s going to have a different perspective compared to the other Countdown 2 Kickoffs.”
The RHA’s annual Rock the Halls event will tie into the Countdown 2 Kickoff. At the close of the three day on-campus event, RHA will put on what it calls a “progressive party.”
The group will take students through three different areas, each with its own theme. They will invite students to the area outside LaFollette Complex's Knotts/Edwards lawn for the “Get Your Gear On” stage of the party.
Then students will move to the lawn of Carmichael Hall for the “Get Your Snack On” stage where RHA will provide free popcorn and snacks.
For the final stage, students will go to the East Field for “Get Your Chirp On.” This will be comparable to today’s event.
Spudic said RHA also will incorporate water-themed activities, such as an obstacle course and “water wars” to help students beat the heat.