This week's Minerpalooza, billed as The Party of the Century in honor of UTEP’s Centennial celebration, is going to be the biggest one in Minerpalooza history. So say organizers of the annual back-to-school celebration, which kicks off the Miner’s football season and is traditionally held the night before the first home game of the year.

The family-friendly event is part pep rally, part street party with carnival booths, inflatable games, a Kid Zone, musical entertainment, and special appearances by the UTEP cheerleaders and Paydirt Pete, the UTEP marching band, the Golddiggers dance team, and UTEP athletes andcoaches.

Like last year, Minerpalooza will take place in the parking lot of the Larry K. Durham Center at the corner of Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive due to the Campus Transformation project and construction of the new Centennial Plaza. The festivities get under way at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 and run through midnight. Admission is free, but food and some activities will cost you a few bucks.

The Miners will open their season at Sun Bowl Stadium the following night with a home game vs. Texas Tech. Picks Up!