By the mid-1870s, the administration had stepped in to control Cane Spree, limiting the number of contestants and moving the field of action to the green between Alexander Hall and Witherspoon. Abuses still arose, however, and in 1891 Cane Spree was abolished. Freshmen and sophomores were soon back to fighting — without canes, using three-foot hickory sticks.
Cane Spree currently takes place at the Princeton Football Stadium. On a late afternoon in early October, freshmen and sophomores, men and women, battle for class supremacy on Powers Field, competing in relay races, obstacle courses and various other sport activities. At the end of the day, all convene for the traditional cane wrestling, followed by a BBQ supper on the concourse at the stadium.