Plymouth State University will host PantherPalooza, a spring sports festival, Saturday, April 24. The daylong event will feature six athletic games and seven fan competitions.
All four PSU spring athletic teams will be playing at their adjacent home fields, on the same day and within a couple hours of one another, giving fans the opportunity to view various games by simply walking from field to field. Several activities and games will also be provided to ensure a fun atmosphere for all attendees.
PantherPalooza is free and open to students, faculty and visitors, and will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the fields surrounding Plymouth State’s Physical Education Center in Holderness.
Professor Eileen Bennett and the students in her sports marketing course, an upper-level business class at the University comprised mostly of seniors, originally conceived the name and concept of PantherPalooza. The class members took over all facets of the event, from planning activities and designing t-shirts, to general promotions.
In addition to the PSU varsity athletic competitions, the event will feature several sports-oriented games that fans can participate in throughout the day, including horseshoes, homerun derby, fast pitch (judged with a radar gun), field goal kick, basketball free throw competition, and frisbee and football accuracy throw competitions. Several prizes will be given away throughout the day, most of which have been donated from local businesses. There will also be food, beverage and “PantherPalooza” t-shirts available for purchase.
PSU games featured in the event include both men’s and women’s lacrosse teams in their final games, facing UMass – Dartmouth at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. Plymouth State’s baseball team will face the University of Southern Maine in a double-header beginning at noon, and the softball team will host a doubleheader against UMass Boston at 1 p.m.
The spectator events will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.; a full list of event times and description will be available upon arrival.
For information, contact the Plymouth State Athletic office at (603) 535-2750 or Eileen Bennett in the PSU Business Department at (603) 535-2955.