Prepare to Act a Fool as award-winning artist Ludacris arrives at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Thursday for a performance on University Boulevard starting at 9 p.m. Festivities begin at 8 p.m.
A crowd of more than 5,000 is expected, according to university officials. Parking lots will reopen at 6 p.m. and parking is $10 per vehicle.
Even individual with a university yellow or red hang tag will be asked to pay to park on the night of the event unless they are on campus to teach or attend classes or are working at this event.
“I am excited that he (Ludacris) is coming to our school,” said psychology major Rosana Acevedo. “I am ready to see what kind of excitement he will bring to our students and the community overall. I am also hoping he will bring back some of his older songs, while performing his new music as well.”
Residence halls will be locked beginning at 5 p.m. so students must enter exterior doors with their student ID beginning at that time.
The school will have increase security on campus dramatically for this event due to the large volume of traffic.
Many of those attending the concert will not be current faculty, staff, or students, so it is encouraged to take precautions on the evening of this event to ensure your personal safety, according to Dr. Terisa Riley, senior vice president for student and fiscal affairs.
The concert could draw the most people ever for an event, other than a football game, according to at least one long-time professor.
“This is something that the University has not seen in a long time,” said Journalism Professor Dr. Manuel Flores. “I expect to see at least 5,000 people. The University has not seen this many people since former president George Bush came to Javelina Stadium for a commencement address and the 30 Seconds to Mars concert.”
Riley suggests students and concert attendees stay in pairs or groups on campus. She suggested to contact the University Police Department (UPD) at 593-2611 if they see anything suspicious or want to make a report, and do not allow individuals you do not know to enter campus buildings, even just to use restroom facilities, she said.
“I am happy with the results to bring Ludacris to TAMUK,” said music education major Michael Morgan. “I believe that him coming will bring up the vibes on campus, especially with midterms just around the corner. I was a fan of his hip hop career and when he started acting, I loved him even more.”