ETSU 2017 Homecoming week celebrates new stadium

Brandon Paykamian • Oct 5, 2017 at 6:15 AM

On Monday, East Tennessee State University kicked off Homecoming week with door decorations and a blood drive competition before Tuesday’s Spirit Day and ETSU Banner Competition.

As Homecoming king and queen campaigning continues, school spirit is in full swing, and the campus community has been getting set for a big weekend, which will include their first Homecoming game against Robert Morris University at the new William B. Greene Jr. Stadium at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

On Thursday, campus fraternities and sororities will gather to create canned food sculptures relating to the 2017 Homecoming theme, which is “Let the Games Begin.” These non-perishable food items will later be donated to local food banks. Last year, the annual drive donated 30,000 pounds of food.

Following this event, local powerhouse ska band Demon Waffle will be performing on the Lucille Clement Lawn at 8 p.m.

But the biggest highlight leading up to the Homecoming game may very well be the Homecoming Parade, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday. Director of Alumni Programs Lee Ann Davis said this year’s parade and pep rally, which will be open to the public, will be particularly symbolic for the entire campus community.

“I believe this will be a very large parade. There's a lot of excitement on campus between students and alumni this year with the new stadium being on campus,” Davis said. “There is an excitement that I haven’t seen in quite awhile.”

Later on Friday, The ETSU volleyball team will face off against Mercer University at 8 p.m. in Brooks Gym. Following the game, the campus will also host a 90s hip hop party in the Culp Cave at 10 p.m.

On Saturday, ETSU alumni and other members of the campus community will join together for their annual Luncheon Under the Tent from noon-3 p.m. According to Davis, this public event, which will feature catering from Firehouse Restaurant, will be $15 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under.

“This is going to be the 51st Under the Tent celebration,” she said. “Each year it gets better and better.”

At the same time, there will be another volleyball match against Samford University at Brooks Gym.

Saturday night’s events end at 8, when ETSU will also be holding their “comedy and step show” at the minidome. Homecoming events will conclude on Sunday at the Culp Auditorium with the Gospel Choir Concert at 3 p.m.

For more information on ETSU Homecoming week and other events, visit their website at www.etsu.edu.  

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