Do the ‘Trask Trek’ tonight to kick off UNCW’s annual Midnite Madness is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

In what’s become a national spotlight across the landscape of college basketball, the 2015-16 edition of Midnite Madness is set for the campus of UNC-Wilmington on Friday night as excitement continues to build heading into the season.

Friday’s festivities begin with the annual Trask Trek at 8 p.m., when students and members of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams meet at the Seahawk Village Clubhouse and complete the traditional walk together to Trask Coliseum.

Midnite Madness gets underway at 9:30p.m. on Friday.
Midnite Madness gets underway at 8 p.m. on Friday.

A number of events take place at the actual “Midnite Madness” affair on the redesigned floor of Trask Coliseum until 11 p.m., including performances by the UNCW Dance Team, dance group Physical Graffiti, UNCW Pep Band, and UNCW Cheerleaders. Several student contests will also be held before the men’s and women’s basketball teams are introduced, followed by a three-point shooting contest and slam dunk contest by the teams.

After Midnite Madness, a “Fan Jam” will be held on the lawn of Hoggard Hall, featuring inflatables, a giant Jenga and other carnival-type games.

To commemorate the occasion, the Randall Library Office of Special Collections is showcasing Midnite Madness with a special exhibit, “Seahawks After Dark: The Evolution of Midnight Madness.”  The exhibit can be viewed at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Randall Library during library operating hours.

Midnite Madness was first held in 1990 and has become a popular annual event. The Randall Library exhibit features photographs and other objects from Midnite Madness history portraying Seahawk spirit.

“Seahawks After Dark: The Evolution of Midnight Madness” is on display from October 12, 2015, until February 5, 2016, and can be found adjacent to University Archives, Randall Library Room 2008. It is in an exhibit case in between Honors College and University Archives.