There are many activities to do during Welcome Week. Many are fun, and all are great ways to welcome students back to campus, but only one has the possibility of being trampled by fellow students. That activity is the Ball Drop.
The annual Ball Drop was hosted at the Debot field on Sunday, Sept. 3.
One thousand five hundred balls were dropped from the top of the basket of a fire truck crane. Within those balls were 150 winning balls.
One hundred forty-five balls had the word “CASE” on them, indicating the captor won a bag of prizes. Those prizes were all University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point merchandise.
Three of the balls had the numbers 1, 2 or 3. The holder of one of those balls won a $200 Visa gift card.
It was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. but a crowd already began to form by 7:49 p.m. People were holding laundry baskets and open bags in preparation for the event to happen.
By 8 p.m., “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift began playing and excitement in the crowd was building.
“Last year I saw someone break their finger at this,” said sophomore Kylie Kirkeeng.
The playlist of music was replaced by live music provided by DAWG.
At 8:11 p.m., a voice over the loudspeaker told the crowd to get ready. People became a little rowdy, appearing tense for the event to begin.
“I want someone to get flattened on the ground,” said sophomore Jeremy Roemer.
A spotlight lit the crowd up at 8:26 p.m., and everyone erupted into cheers.
“It’s like New Year’s but better,” Kirkeeng said.
At 8:28 p.m., the voice returned to the loudspeaker to tell the crowd that there will be two more minutes. The crowd was antsy and booed the two-minute wait.
The loudspeaker spoke up one more time to announce the final ten seconds before the event happened.
Then, at 8:30 p.m., the 1,500 hundred light-up, blue balls were dropped over the students of UWSP. Everyone dashed forward towards the cascade of balls. People pushed each other over, hats were lost and there was some light trampling due to people diving to the ground to catch the balls.
Everything had calmed down by 8:36 p.m. The balls were all caught, and the winners were collecting their prizes. DAWG was packing up and everyone went back to their halls.
The ball drop is definitely a little stressful, but it is a unique, quick, and fun activity for UWSP’s welcome week.