Thousands Expected at Houck for Great American Solar Eclipse


The centerpiece of Southeast activities surrounding the Great American Solar Eclipse will be at Houck Field , where Southeast students, faculty and staff, alumni, regional community members and area school children are invited to eclipse-related entertainment and activities. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. Aug. 21. Festivities will include games – “Don’t Drop the Asteroid,” “Moon Rock Relay,” “Through the Black Hole,” “Kick the Planet” and Tug of War. A KFVS12 livestream of coverage of eclipse events throughout the region and videos will be shown on the Houck video board, all leading up to the eclipse itself. About 3,000 area K-12 students are expected to attend along with Southeast students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Southeast students will enter Houck Field on the north side, where the first 500 will receive an eclipse-themed glow-in-the-dark T-shirt. Faculty and staff may enter from gates on either the north or south side. Visitors will enter from the main gate on the south side of the stadium. Eclipse glasses will be distributed to all for safe viewing, while supplies last, and water will be available. Concessions will be open from 11:15 a.m.-2 p.m.

Faculty, staff, students and visitors entering on the south side of the Stadium will be directed to sit in sections E and F. Visiting schools will sit in sections A-D. Visiting students and teachers participating in the CORE Academy as part of the high-altitude weather balloon launch will sit in sections G-I. A cooling station and medical services will be available in the basement of William A. and Christene Merick Hall, accessible from either Houck Field or the main entrance of Merick. The station will be staffed by Campus Health Clinic employees and members of the University’s Athletic Training staff to assist anyone in need.

At 1 p.m., Southeast President Carlos Vargas along with worldwide science icon Dr. Michio Kaku will welcome the Southeast community, local community members and students to Houck Field to witness the solar eclipse totality. Totality is expected to begin at 1:20:21 PM (CDT) and last for one minute and 45 seconds.