Saturday night the BYUSA-sponsored Hawaiian Staycation moved from Helaman Fields to the Wilkinson Center ballroom because of wind that reached up to 46 miles per hour.
The decision to move the event was made at 5 p.m., three hours before the event was to begin. An announcement was made on the event’s Facebook page and signs were posted at Helaman Fields to inform people about the change of venue. BYUSA members also used social media to get the word out about the change, using sites such a Twitter and Instagram.
BYUSA President, Brandon Hatch, said the original goal for the event was 800 to 1,000 people attending, but because of the weather and change in location expectations of attendance were adjusted.
“A lot of people probably didn’t even come out to see the sign because they thought the wind was bad enough,” Hatch said. “For being inside, I’d say we’ve done pretty well — definitely a pretty full room.”
Some of the planned activities, such a volleyball, were unable to take place because of the sudden change of venue.
However, students still had Blackjack pizza, played limbo and even watched parts of game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and the Heat, before watching the movie Soul Surfer.