OGDEN, Utah – Beginning with the traditional lighting of the “W” at dusk on Sept. 20 and a downtown bonfire that same evening, Weber State University’s homecoming activities will illuminate the community with events all week, concluding with a fireworks show following the football game on Sept. 25.
Several new traditions are planned for students, alumni and the community, including a Wildcat Rally starting Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at The Junction on 23rd Street and Kiesel Avenue in downtown Ogden. Attractions including the Flowrider (an indoor water-surfing venue) climbing wall, movie, and entertainment are all free to the public. The highlight of the evening, a football pep rally and bonfire, begins at 8 p.m.
“We will bring the Weber State community to The Junction where everyone can join in the celebration,” said Nancy Collinwood, director of Student Involvement and Leadership. “We can combine the energy of the students with the energy of the community to celebrate our town’s university and its football program.”
Another new community event is the pre-game carnival planned for 3-6 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the parking lot north of Stewart Stadium. Students and families can enjoy carnival foods, games and booths. Anyone with the stomach or the stamina can also take a spin in a squirrel cage or race to the top of the climbing wall.
In keeping with this year’s theme, “WSU Homecoming a Wildcat Tradition,” the committee is bringing back one of the most popular and gritty traditions of all -- mud volleyball. The games begin at 1 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Weber State University Davis campus in Layton.
Other long-held traditions for the week include the annual Mt. Ogden hike, which starts at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 18. Participants hike to the saddle of Mt. Ogden where at noon they join for prizes and the traditional singing of the WSU fight song. On Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. the annual WSU Salutes program recognizes outstanding alumni and friends of the university in the Hurst Center’s Dumke Legacy Hall.
All the excitement builds to the homecoming game on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. where the nationally ranked Wildcats will take on the defending Great West Conference champions UC Davis.
Homecoming events were expanded this year in order to share the traditions of Weber State University not only with students and alumni but also with those impacted by the university.
“Weber State is such a prominent part of the community,” Collinwood said. “We’re all coming home for homecoming.”
A detailed list of all the homecoming activities is available at weber.edu/homecoming.
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