April 26, 2010

‘Fieldstock’ offers fun, games, music for everyone

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- An all-new sports and music festival is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Saturday, May 1.

Fieldstock is a May Day celebration for the whole family featuring fun, games and music. Everyone is welcome and almost everything is free.

Throw your support behind Saluki athletics by taking in a women’s softball double-header or a men’s baseball game. The ladies hit the field at Charlotte West Stadium at noon while the men play at Abe Martin Field at 2 p.m.

The SIUC intramural sports fields are full of activity throughout the day. You’ll find a rugby match, club baseball and a grass volleyball tournament from 1 until about 6 p.m.

The American Marketing Association Wing Fling is 1-5 p.m. at the field. Enjoy this meal of wings and more for $5.

You can also play bags, Frisbee or Whiffleball between 4 and 8 p.m. on the fields. Or, challenge yourself or your friends with inflatable Laser Tag or the inflatable obstacle course. Participants younger than 18 must have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. There’s also free food 5-8 p.m. and WIDB will have a live remote on site.

Kick back and relax or kick up your heels and dance to free live music 6-8 p.m. courtesy of the Student Programming Council Concerts Committee. Young Loves and Nighty Nite will play. Then, enjoy an outdoor movie, complete with free popcorn, at 8 p.m. The movie is “Blindside.”

As a family friendly event, the rules are: no pets, no alcohol and no glass bottles. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Organizers are even providing free transportation to the intramural sports fields from the residence halls, arena parking lot and Evergreen Terrace. The rain location for Fieldstock is the small gym at the Student Recreation Center with activities running 6-10 p.m.

Sponsors for Fieldstock are Recreational Sports and Services, University Housing and Student Programming Council from SIUC along with “Nightlife,” WIDB and 101.5 WCIL-FM.

For more information, look online at www.reccenter.siu.edu.