PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers University will continue to celebrate its entrance into the prestigious Big Ten Conference with “R B1G Party” at High Point Solutions Stadium on Tuesday, July 1, the date when RU officially takes its place in the league. Admission is free to the much-anticipated event, which begins at 7:00 p.m. on the field and concludes with a fireworks display at approximately 9:00 p.m.
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Rutgers President Robert Barchi and Athletic Director Julie Hermann will speak at the celebration, which will also feature coach and student-athlete interaction, the cheer and dance squads, the Rutgers Marching Band, and live music. A multitude of activities will be set up on the field for guests to enjoy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win free round-trip airfare to Bermuda and hotel accommodations on behalf of Bermuda Tourism.
Two thousand fans have already registered for the event and will receive a free Rutgers/Big Ten beach towel. Registration, which is not necessary to attend "R B1G Party" as it is free and open to the public, is now closed. Attendees who registered must present their printed registration form to receive their beach towel.
Fans are welcome to bring blankets to sit on while enjoying videoboard presentations, keynote speakers, and the fireworks. Lawn and beach chairs are not permitted inside the stadium. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase on the field.
The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. Beginning July 1, the broad-based athletic programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will provide nearly $200 million in direct financial aid to almost 9,500 student-athletes for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 43 different sports. The Big Ten will sponsor 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as official sports for the 2014-15 academic year. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.
Established in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities, serving more than 65,000 students in locations throughout the state.