UMass preparing for Blarney Blowout weekend

Hampshire County

The blowout is not a school-sanctioned event, and in years past, led to large crowds, a number of arrests and injuries.

The school has cracked down on the gathering in the last few years, and UMass Spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski said the school has put guest and parking restrictions in place ahead of this weekend. 

He said they have worked with the town to put a comprehensive plan in place for the weekend, and the Amherst Police department prepares their own plan as well. 

Saige Calkins, a UMass senior told 22News the weekend has become fairly tame in the last few years.

“I know that about six or seven years ago it was totally crazy, it was kind of the height of it,” Calkins. “Since then, UMass has taken a lot of steps to calm it down, keep students safe. It’s pretty much only UMass students that are allowed into the dorms.”

The school is also putting on a concert for UMass students at 11 a.m. Saturday and an arcade will be set up on campus.

They’re also encouraging students to attend the final home hockey game of the season at 8 p.m. 

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