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Texas Longhorns celebrate Southeastern Conference debut

Party like a Longhorn with Ferris wheel rides, fireworks, and a Pitbull concert.

Looking down on a UT game at DKR Stadium

DKR Texas Memorial Stadium will be full of SEC fans this season.

UT Austin will ring in its first official day in the Southeastern Conference with an all-day celebration across campus from 1-10 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. The SEC extravaganza is free and open to the public.

Here’s the lineup of events:

  • 11 a.m. | Free parking opens in designated parking garages and surface lots.
  • 1-5 p.m. | UT museums and centers host free activities on the Forty Acres.
  • 2 p.m. | Attractions like interactive games + activities, a Ferris wheel, a giant fun slide, and inflatables open.
  • 5 p.m. | Live music starts on the Tower Stage.
  • 5-9 p.m. | The SEC Network‘s coverage, hosted by Laura Rutledge and Peter Burns, broadcasts live at the Main Mall.
  • 8:30 p.m. | The official SEC Ceremony begins at the Tower Stage, featuring SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and several UT officials. A fireworks show immediately follows.
  • 9 p.m. | International superstar Pitbull performs.
  • 10 p.m. | The party’s over, but it’s also just begun — the Longhorns are officially in the SEC.
Fireworks exploding over the Google building and other skyscrapers in Downtown Austin.

See fireworks light up the sky at UT Austin’s campus.

Photo by Varun Yadav on Unsplash

Here’s what else to know before you go:

  • Looking for a beer? The Still Austin Music Lounge on the Tower Plaza or at Big Beertha will offer brews on tap.
  • Local food trucks will park on campus to feed hungry fans.
  • Exclusive Texas x SEC co-branded merchandise will be available for purchase for the first time — so stock up on burnt orange attire.
  • Fans can take photos with Bevo XV, Smokey the Cannon, Big Bertha, the Longhorn Band, Texas Cheer, Texas Pom, and Hook ‘Em.
  • Need to brush up on your SEC knowledge? The SEC Village will present an opportunity for Longhorn fans to learn more about new conference peers.
  • See some of UT Austin’s prized possessions — aka the university’s artifacts — at Championship Corner.
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