MTV Campus Invasion Set For Tonight

The Simon Recreation Center will be jumping tonight to the hip-hop of Wyclef Jean, De La Soul and Black-eyed Peas as 2,500 students fill the floor for the MTV Campus Invasion Tour.

As of Wednesday, approximately 2,200 tickets had been sold, including all of the ones originally designated for students. This morning, Ticketmaster returned 300 tickets to the office of Student Life; they were unable to sell their allotted amount to the public.

Chris Grabau, coordinator of student activities for Student Life and Student Activities Board advisor, expects the show to sell out today.

SAB President Ryan Murphy said, “Everybody’s excited and keeps asking to get tickets.”

Originally, SAB had estimated that the Rec Center could hold over 3,000 students. However, upon contacting the architect and fire marshall, SAB learned that the maximum capacity would be 2,500 plus the stage and equipment. They immediately altered their ticket count to accommodate these recommendations.

Late last night and early this morning, SAB members and additional student helpers began converting the Rec Center into a concert venue.

“It should look somewhat like a concert venue,” Murphy said. “We’re gonna do the best we can.”

The Rec Center has presented several issues that would not be present if a real concert venue were available. A generator was brought in to provide power for the lighting and sound equipment.

Barricades and security issues have also presented unique problems as a result of the entrance and exit locations of the Rec Center.

“When you don’t have a concert venue, you have to make one,” Grabau added.

Murphy noted, “If we want someone bigger for a concert, it won’t be possible unless we get a bigger venue.”

Throughout the afternoon today, MTV will present its MTV Village located near the SLU Student Village on the corner of Laclede Ave. and Vandeventer Ave. The MTV Village will be open between noon and 5 p.m.

The Rec Center will close at 4 p.m. to students. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m.