By Jessica Hartling
Friday, Oct. 11 the first Midnight Madness event since 2010 will be at Viterbo University. Students, faculty, alumni and their families are invited to kick off the basketball season at 9 p.m. in the Varsity Athletic Center.
Viterbo’s Midnight Madness is an event which rallies basketball fans behind both men’s and women’s teams to increase school spirit.
Midnight Madness will have free food and activities for the audience. In addition, it provides opportunities for the auidence to interact with both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. One such opportunity is the basketball player look-a-like contest.
“We have a lot of exciting contests and activities planned that will include the fans and the basketball players,” Samantha Weaver, fifth year senior marketing and business management majors from Trempealeu, Wis., told Lumen.
“I did Midnight Madness three years ago,” Coleton Lewis, senior environmental sustainability major with a biology minor from Prairie du Chien, Wis., told Lumen. “It really felt like everyone was having a good time, and the audience got a chance to connect with the teams.”
“I hope that we have a large student body show up for Midnight Madness to support their men’s and women’s basketball teams,” Lewis said.
“My hopes for Midnight Madness are that a lot of students, faculty, alumni and families show up to enjoy the fun atmosphere,” Weaver said. “I am really looking forward to see who looks the most like me for the basketball player look-a-like contest.”
“Midnight Madness is a time for the men’s and women’s basketball teams to get the fans involved with some friendly contests and activities,” Weaver said. “If you are looking for a good laugh, free food and a chance to win prizes, Midnight Madness is the event for you.”
Multiple student clubs and organizations are working together to plan Midnight Madness. VU After Dark, Residence Hall Council, the Theme House, Student Government Association, and the men’s and women’s basketball teams have been designing the events and overall feel for Midnight Madness.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has a rule which controls the beginning of practice for Division I college basketball teams.
According to the NCAA’s website, many schools offer a midnight kickoff to the start of the season which involves fans and the basketball teams. Thus giving this event the name Midnight Madness.
Viterbo is not a Division I school and does not follow the NCAA start date for the basketball season. The basketball season for both the men’s and women’s teams has already begun.