Joy Ride: Mason Day 2014

Posted: April 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm, Last Updated: April 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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By Sudha Kamath

Students enjoy rides at Mason Day at the Fairfax campus.

Mason’s oldest tradition, Mason Day, is celebrated each spring. Offering music, games, rides and food, the 2014 celebration takes place Friday, April 25, with Ludacris as the featured performer. Photo by Alexis Glenn

Enough of the chill; usher in spring. With exciting new rides, games and performances and the best of local fare, George Mason University’s longest-standing tradition, Mason Day, takes off Friday, April 25.  Admission to the 49th annual event is free with a George Mason identification card; $10 for the public. The event is set to rock Lot L on the Fairfax Campus from 2 to 8 p.m.

“This year we are focusing on revamping the Mason Day experience,” says Michelle Bennett, assistant director of programming in the Office of Student Involvement (OSI). She says new elements include a zip line, super shot and cliffhanger rides; game trucks; midway games; tie-dye and even a mechanical bull.

The spotlight will be on student performers and the local up-and-coming band, RDGLDGRN (pronounced redgoldgreen).

Mason Day outdoors turns into a hip-hop night indoors, as Ludacris takes the stage at the Patriot Center at 8 p.m. General public tickets are $45 for floor and lower bowl; $35 for upper bowl. Mason faculty and staff tickets are $35 for floor and lower bowl, and $25 for upper bowl. Mason student tickets are $25 for floor and lower bowl, and $15 for upper-bowl tickets.

Students party during Mason Day Moonlight Party with DJ Sean Falco in Lot L on George Mason University.

Students celebrate during a previous Mason Day. Photo by Craig Bisacre

All tickets can be purchased at the Patriot Center box office. Student tickets also can be purchased at OSI in the Hub, Room 2300. Students and faculty tickets are limited to two tickets per Mason ID. Students upon entry will receive two free tickets for food; additional tickets are available for purchase on site at $1 per ticket. All those under 42 inches in height receive free admission.

Last year’s Mason Day celebrated the inauguration of President Ángel Cabrera. Mason Day began two years before Mason’s first commencement. “Few things in Mason’s history have so consistently united the community on campus,” hails OSI’s website.

University Life’s OSI enhances the Mason community by creating dynamic involvement opportunities and fostering student success through co-curricular experiences.

Write to Sudha Kamath at skamath@gmu.edu

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