While we looked forward to hosting an alumni pre-game and traditional tailgate event in celebration of Homecoming this year, high local rates of COVID-19 transmission have forced the University to pull back on those events. Community safety and wellbeing remain paramount, and hosting thousands of people in a confined space – even outdoors - creates unnecessary risk.
Our traditional Homecoming tailgate -which would have allowed ticketed sales and alcohol in designated tailgating areas- will not occur this fall. However, Homecoming athletic events still will occur throughout the weekend with parking available free of charge. Alumni, students, parents, and friends are welcome to come cheer on the Eagles!
6:00 p.m. Men's and Women's Swimming
9:00 a.m. Men's and Women's Swimming Alumni Event
9:00 a.m. Softball Alumni Event
10:00 a.m. Women's Soccer Alumni Event
10:00 a.m. Women's Rugby Alumni Game
10:30 a.m. - Hegmann Family Tennis Complex Naming Ceremony
11:00 a.m. Baseball Alumni Event
12:00 p.m. Men's Rugby Game
12:00 p.m. Men's Soccer Game
Homecoming Saturday – 10/23 (10/07 UPDATE)
- Battleground Athletic Complex: The Battleground Athletic Complex will close promptly 30 minutes after the last contest is finished.
- Parking: the parking lots at the soccer field and physical plant will be open for spectators to park. Tailgating/loitering in the parking lots will be prohibited for the entire day.
- Picnic Area: "C" field, which is located next soccer game field will be open to the public to picnic. Access to C Field is free and spectators that want to congregate and picnic can do so throughout the day.
- Prohibited Items: Alcohol, tents and grills will be prohibited throughout the Battleground.
While the lack of traditional tailgating comes as a disappointment, we are excited to announce a special Spring Homecoming in April of 2022! We look forward to enjoying a spring version of Homecoming traditions while also honoring the Classes of 2020 and 2021, who missed out on some of our most revered traditions.
Please save these dates!
Friday, April 1
- Post-Grad Ball (Classes of 2020 and 2021) in the Rappahannock Grand Ballroom at Jepson Alumni Executive Center
Saturday, April 2
- PREGAME: Lawn games, brunchy offerings, a Bloody Mary bar, and good times in the courtyard of the Jepson Alumni Executive Center
- Tailgating event and Track and Field, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, and Baseball games, Battleground Athletic Complex
Sunday, April 3
- 7th Annual Young Alumni Eagle Crawl: Kickoff at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center; pub crawl then continues downtown at your favorite watering holes.
More information to come in the New Year!