ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – After the pandemic forced its cancelation in 2020, the University of Central Florida is planning to bring back a beloved homecoming tradition in 2021: Spirit Splash.
UCF said this will be the first time the school has hosted Spirit Splash in the spring.
The event typically sees a large portion of the student body run headlong into the pond on the school’s campus in a show of school spirit. The tradition always brings out a large crowd, which is problematic when health experts call for social distancing.
Because of that, the school is trying something new next week. The pond is out and the lawn is in for this second homecoming week of the academic year.
“Instead of rushing into the pond, groups of four will have their own physically distant pods on the lawn, where the splash will be brought to them via super soakers and squirt guns,” according to the school’s website.
⚔️ Double the Homecoming, double the fun 👑— UCF 😷 (@UCF) February 15, 2021
For the first time ever, @UCFHC is hosting Spring Splash — the second Homecoming Week in an academic year, giving Knights another chance to have fun, while still upholding COVID safety measures 😷https://t.co/0wn0RYQ6Dc
The Spirit Splash will be broken up into two hour-long events on Friday, Feb. 26, according to UCF, with only 650 students allowed at each one. That means only 1,300 hundred students from the school’s student body of about 66,000 will be able to participate. The school is also having students make reservations to take part in the event.