Minerpalooza Party of the Century

Minerpalooza to be “Party of the Century”

By on September 4, 2014

What: Minerpalooza, UTEP’s community “Party of the Century”

When: 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Sept. 5

Where: P-9 parking lot north of Sun Bowl Stadium and Kidd Field, UTEP campus

Parking: Free parking in lots along Sun Bowl Drive and in the Sun Bowl Parking Garage

Cost: Free and open to all

The University of Texas at El Paso welcomes back all Miners and UTEP fans alike for the dawn of a new semester and the start of football season. Celebrating its Centennial and already moving well into the next 100 years, UTEP amps up its traditional pep rally as it prepares for Minerpalooza 2014, the “Party of the Century.”

Free and open to all ages, the annual event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Sept. 5, in the P-9 parking lot, located north of the Sun Bowl Stadium.

A 24-year-old tradition, Minerpalooza is famous for being the largest, most vibrant pep rally at the University; the yearly back-to-school tradition greets the public by being one of the largest fundraisers to benefit UTEP student organizations.

“Being UTEP’s Centennial, Minerpalooza will be bigger and bolder than ever before, featuring world-renowned talent, one-of-a-kind giveaways and the engagement of 100 UTEP student organizations,” said Catie McCorry-Andalis, Ed.D, UTEP associate vice president and dean of students.

The event offers live music, activity booths, inflatables, food and beverage vendors, a beer and wine garden, and a kids’ zone at Kidd Field. The pep rally is at 6:45 p.m. and a fireworks display starts at 10:30 p.m.

This year’s music lineup features headlining artist The Cataracs, as well as the talents of funk superstars Fungi Mungle, Matt U Johnson, Latin Grammy-nominated Cristina Eustace, and hip-hop and electronic dance music artist Tim Gunter.

Free parking will be available at the following parking lots along Sun Bowl Drive: P-6, P-7, P-11, PG-1, R-2, R-3, and R-4. Parking will also be provided at Glory Road Transfer Center for $10.

Free ADA shuttle services will run between parking lots S-3 and P-9 every 10 minutes from 5:30 p.m. to midnight.

“The ‘Party of the Century’ will be the perfect opportunity for our faculty, staff and students and the greater El Paso community to show their Miner pride, celebrate the past and shape our future,” McCorry-Andalis said.

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Veronique J. Masterson is UTEP's public information officer and may be contacted at 915-747-7503 or news@utep.edu.