Take part in the 2016 IU Homecoming festivities

Oct. 5, 2016

The Hoosiers will go head-to-head against the Huskers for the first time since Nebraska joined the Big Ten conference at the 2016 homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 15. But that isn't the only day to join in homecoming festivities, however.

Homecoming parade

A performance during the 2015 homecoming parade. | PHOTO BY IU COMMUNICATIONS

The week leading up to the game will offer a chance to engage in tradition as well as enjoy what’s new.

This year, the homecoming parade will take a new route and feature some IU Olympians.

“We are excited to have this year’s Homecoming parade take place along Woodlawn Avenue,” said Mike Mann, director of alumni programs at the IU Alumni Association. “This event is a highlight of the fall for IU, the Bloomington community, and returning alumni. And having the Olympians in the parade makes it even more special.”

Enter to win

IU faculty and staff can enter to win two tickets, a $130 value, to IU’s homecoming game against Nebraska beginning at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Memorial Stadium. The contest opens Oct. 5 and closes at noon Oct. 10.

Monday, Oct. 10

Paint the Campus Crimson

From Oct. 10 to Oct. 13, IU employees and students are encouraged to decorate their organizations', schools' or departments’ group space to help turn the Bloomington campus crimson for homecoming.

Friday, Oct. 14

Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall dedication

The Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall will be officially dedicated in a private ceremony at 2 p.m. Oct. 14. The newly renovated south lobby will be open to the public to view and walk through from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 15.

Memorial Stadium tour

Check out the Memorial Stadium game-day entrance, walk the halls of IU’s athletics facilities and even catch a pass on the football field with a free tour from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14. Find out more about stadium tours online.

Party and pep rally

A family-friendly pre-parade party planned at 5 p.m. will offer food trucks, games and more at 17th Street and Woodlawn Avenue. After the parade, stay for the pep rally, featuring fireworks and plenty of IU spirit.

Homecoming parade and new Marching Hundred Hall

The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday. President Michael A. McRobbie will formally dedicate the new route at the beginning of the parade. This year, the parade floats and marchers will follow Woodlawn Avenue from the IMU to near Memorial Stadium, including the upgraded stretch through the tailgating fields.

The parade will feature Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton and former IU basketball star Kirk Haston. Ray Cramer, the former director of the Marching Hundred, will be on a float behind the band during the parade in celebration of the naming of IU’s Ray E. Cramer Marching Hundred Hall.

The parade will also include two of the IU Alumni Association’s custom-made floats as well as It will IU’s historic calliope, a six-ton steam-driven instrument that can be heard from up to three miles away.

Distinguished Alumni Service Award

McRobbie will recognize the four recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award during a dinner at the Henke Hall of Champions in the north end zone of Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14. The recipients are Chris Botti of Encino, Calif.; Moses Gray of Indianapolis; Richard A. Reed of Saudi Arabia; and Lorna Schofield of New York City.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Tailgating and football game

Lots outside of Memorial Stadium will be open for tailgating starting at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Hoosier Village. The game against Nebraska will start at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Get tickets on the IU athletics website.

BTN Game Day show

Big Ten Network will host a Game Day show just outside of John Mellencamp Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 15. The public is encouraged to come out for the show.

Grammy winner Chris Botti returns to IU

See IU School of Music alumnus, renowned trumpeter, and Grammy Award-winning artist Chris Botti perform at the IU Auditorium on Oct. 15.

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