The biting cold outside the BJC is completely forgotten once you enter the packed arena for THON Sunday. The floor and lower bowl appear to be at capacity, with the upper bowl at about 50%
Spirits are high inside, even on the floor where dancers have been on their feet for nearly 40 hours. Check out what we saw when we got to the floor Sunday morning! (Click on the images to expand)
Penn State's Men's Swim team ran (swam?) away with tonight's THON '13 Pep Rally.
The squad, along with teams representing most of Penn State's varsity athletic programs, participated in a dance competition ultimately judged by crowd applause. Teams choreographed move, dressed up and toss up about 1000 diamond hand signs all to encourage and entertain the Dancers who have now been on their feet for 29 hours.
Following the competition the Blue Band played some of the classics and the Nittany Lion made an appearance that got everyone pumped.
Check out some pictures and videos below!
An hour long chunk of THON's busy schedule is set aside for the THON Factor, a talent show for THON kids and their siblings.
Not only is this an amazing experience for the kids (they're playing in front of over 10,000 people!), it keeps dancers and orgs focused on FTK. The idea of FTK, or For The Kids, is the central theme of THON. By highlighting THON kids' talents, you put a face, a name, a personality with the devastating statistics of pediatric cancer.
Take a look at just one of the performances from tonight's Variety Show and feel it for yourself.
Here's this year's THON line dance nearly 26 hours after dancers first learned it. Looks pretty good!
For a better view of the actual moves check out the guys in the bottom right corner of the video.
EDIT: As of 8pm, lines are still wrapped around the building. Appears BJC/PSU Police are continuing to monitor the situation for safety.
Just hours before some of THON '13 biggest events- including the Pep Ralley (10:10pm) and the new #DanceWithUs (6:45pm) push- the Bryce Jordan Center has decided to limit admission to the arena out of safety concerns.
Public Relations captains with THON say that the decision was made by BJC officials based on the safety of those already inside.
There had been concerns about how the building could be full with plenty of seating still available
Access is expected to remain limited through the popular evening hours and possibly until the Pep Rally.
When addressing the lines, officials said that it would be the BJC's policy to allow people in based on how many people left. Meaning, if a group of 20 exited the BJC, 20 people in line would be able to enter, explained a PR captain.
A positive outlook to the situation was explained by the captain, who said that the long waits simply mean more people want to be a part of THON.