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Party in the Pit is the first student event to offer Lobos the chance to party on their stomping grounds, the newly renamed Dreamstyle Arena. ASUNM Student Special Events is teaming up with Lobo Spirit, University Communications and Marketing and the Fractal Foundation to put on the event to cap off Homecoming Week.
Party in the Pit will be held on Sept. 29, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Dreamstyle Arena. The stage near the dance floor will feature DJs Berret and Jay, as well as an opening by Yak Pak.
“Party in the Pit is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime, fully immersive experience,” said ASUNM SSE Promotions Director Xavier Vallejo.
“It sounds really cool,” said freshman Raeanna Perez. “I don’t really know what to expect since I’m new here.”
Here’s what to expect:
The stage and dance floor will be set on the court, while other activities will be available on the concourse. The three DJs will be accompanied by a live fractal light show projected onto the stage screens.
If dancing is not your interest, the event offers other activities as well, such as a nine-hole mini golf course, photo booths and custom street-sign making.
Although it is not the first Homecoming dance at UNM, it is one of the first to be held at the Dreamstyle Arena.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had an event in the Pit presented by students simply because of the court and the overall logistics of it,” said Chance Hoover, executive director of UNM SSE.
However, while the space offers more potential for fun, it also could mean more money spent.
“College homecoming is just a lot bigger, obviously, a lot more expensive,” said senior Isaiah Hernandez.
“At the end of the day, we are going to be promoting our University and our Homecoming Week,” Hernandez said. “During Homecoming Week, this is going to be our signature event.”
ASUNM SSE has other events in store for students, not only during Homecoming Week, but for the rest of the year.
“A lot of the (ASUNM SSE) staff are seniors this year, so we want to help them go out with a bang,” Vallejo said. “We want to make this year count.”
Makayla Grijalva is a freelance multimedia reporter at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @MakaylaEliboria.