Oozefest is one of UB’s most popular traditions and one of the largest mud volleyball tournaments in the United States, held each spring.
Oozefest started in 1984, as a way to help students de-stress before exams and bring the UB community together. What started with 16 teams, has grown over the years and now includes over 1,000 participants that includes students, alumni, staff and UB community members. Oozefest remains one of UB's strongest and longest traditions, and tops many students' "UB bucket list." So what is it about the Ooze?
It's good, clean, fun! Beyond the actual volleyball tournament, Oozefest also includes a costume contest for a way to win additional prizes -- and teams do not hold back their creativity. There is also a lot of strategy behind staying warm, keeping your shoes on and more -- bring on the duct tape!
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See how Oozefest started, where it is now and all the muddy messes in between.
Vintage Oozefest: This blast from the past shows showers on the courts. Courtesy, University Archives
Vintage Oozefest: Some teams have been participating in Oozefest for decades, and love reconnecting with old friends each year. Courtesy, University Archives
Don’t forget the duct tape! Students have learned the ins and outs of keeping their shoes on....even with all the mud
Vintage Oozefest: The styles may have changed since the 80s, but the True Blue spirit has stayed the same.. Courtesy, UB Archives
Vintage Oozefest: Oozefest was originally called Oozfest, as documented in this 1999 photo. Courtesy, University Archives.
Vintage Oozefest: The event looked a little different in 1997, but the mud and fun remained the same. Courtesy, University Archives.
Vintage Oozefest: The tradition started in 1984 with just 16 teams, and has grown to over 1,500 participants today. Courtesy, University Archives
Mud-bake ... after a long semester, students love to get outside and enjoy the spring weather before finals.