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Homecoming game day guide

October 1, 2010

Because tomorrow is Homecoming, there are some departures from the usual game day routine. There’s lots to do, so come early and stay late!

The Homecoming Welcome Center will be in room 220 in the Student Center. A campus tour will leave from there at 10 am, and if you haven’t been on campus for a few years, you’ll be shocked by all the changes.

The Eagles Landing Fan Zone, on the west side of Rynearson Stadium, will open at 9 am, three hours before the game. To the north of Rynearson Stadium, also opening at 9 am, will be Tailgate Town, home to tailgates and reunions for fraternities, sororities, and other student organizations. The Alumni Relations tailgate will be at it’s normal place and time, on the west side of Rynearson starting at 10 am (two hours before kickoff).

Several activities require advance registration, so if you want in on these, act now. All past EMU band members are welcome to participate in the alumni band, which will rehearse at the North football practice field (the schedule says registration is at 10 am, but rumor has it they’re actually starting at 9 am), will participate in the pre-game show at 11:40, and in the halftime show. Contact EMU bands at emu.bands@emich.edu or, since it’s tomorrow, call the band office at (734) 487-1430. Immediately before the game, EMU students bearing the flags of more than 90 countries will march around the track, in EMU’s traditional Parade of Nations. To register to be a flag bearer or for more information, contact the Office of International Students at ois@emich.edu.

Before the game, EMU will welcome back the 1960 EMU Hurons football team (in Fred Trosko‘s ninth year as head coach of the Hurons, they went 0-8-1, part of a school record 29-game winless streak), as well as the Class of 1960, celebrating their golden anniversary.

At halftime, in addition to the normal performance by The Pride of the Penninsula, the EMU Marching Band, the alumni band will also perform, and of course, since it’s Homecoming, the court will be presented and the King and Queen will be crowned.

In the evening, there will be a roast of EMU alumnus Judge Greg Mathis at Pease Auditorium at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students. Or if you prefer music to laughs, Kid Cudi will be in concert at the Convocation Center at 8 pm (prices vary). Tickets to either event can be ordered at http://www.emutix.com.

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