IRVINE — A sea of gold and blue filled UC Irvine's Bren Events Center Wednesday as students smashed a Guinness World Records mark for the world's largest dodgeball game.
During UCI's Blue & Gold Spirit Rally, 1,745 Anteaters swarmed onto the campus basketball court, decked out in "Antourage" T-shirts and ready to show school pride and break the Guinness record.
The previous record for mass participation in a dodgeball game was set in Alberta, Canada, with 1,198 people firing rubber balls at one another.
By 1 p.m., more than 1,500 students had registered to play in UCI's game.
As the teams separated and faced each other, the emcee playfully told the crowd, "If they're not wearing your color, they are not your friend right now."
The throng of players got the message. Students chucked rubber balls decorated in an array of colors back and forth, competitively aiming to grab the record. As players dropped out or got disqualified, they went to the sidelines and gave support to their teams, blue and gold, as a deejay spun music and kept the crowd excited. Students were divided into two teams during the rally, but regardless of which color they wore, everyone knew they were playing for the same victory.