“Opening Ball’s magic lies behind the fact that it is the first black-tie event for freshers and it introduces them to what will be four years of many balls and events,” notes Press Coordinator Isabela Almeida, perfectly summarising what Opening Ball can and does mean to many first-year students. Your first Opening Ball sticks with you because it is truly your introduction to the unique St Andrews event scene.This year, the quintessential ball was forced to make a difficult decision and change their venue. Due to some construction that the university started straight after Starfields, the ball has had to give up its long-time location.
However, Ball Convenor Doug Wright and the rest of the committee this year want none of the magic to slip away from this wonderful event, so they have a few things they hope will help make up for this big change. Some of the things you would have to look forward to at this event are free transport to and from the venue, complimentary food upon arrival, and the ball’s famous champagne reception.
This year there will also be two DJ tents that will be playing different types of music throughout the night in order to cater to people’s various music tastes. One of the biggest perks made possible by the change in venue is the increased amount of space that the committee has had to work with. There will be more food trucks this year, providing options for everyone attending.
The congestion that is normally caused by the coat checks at balls held in Lower College Lawn will also be greatly improved with more space.So, although there has been a pretty big change made to the normal workings of this event, the committee has managed to turn what could have been a big negative into an even bigger positive.
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