Nothing says school spirit like Homecoming! A time when school faculty, students, and alumni rally together to show their school pride. Of course, attending as a student has its advantages. Homecoming is a one-of-a-kind, memorable experience that you don’t want to miss. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store for this year’s homecoming festivities…
Pro Tip: Homecoming festivities start nearly a day out from the main event (aka Game Day). Make sure to check the official ASU Homecoming website for updated information on festivities happening before and after the game.
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The Lantern Walk
One of Arizona State’s oldest and most treasured traditions. Students, Faculty and Alumni climb to the top of the iconic Hayden Butte Preserve, popularly known as “A” Mountain, carrying lit lanterns to light up Tempe, following in the footsteps of their Sun Devil ancestors. Once at the top of “A” Mountain Homecoming Royalty are announced.
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The 102-year-old tradition symbolizes the wish for a bright future and prosperity. Not only is The Lantern Walk a way to pass down Sun Devil tradition -- it’s good opportunity to network with the ASU Community as the hike up gives participants a special bonding experience that cannot be replicated.
Pro Tip: Come early and be prepared. The nearest parking to the Lantern Walk meet up location is City Hall Garage. Located directly across the street from one of the “A” Mountain trails.
Four hours before kickoff Sun Devils flood the streets of Downtown Tempe for a Homecoming Parade. Student organization floats, the ASU Marching Band, colleges, departments, community organizations, and local celebrities get together to show their school pride (and hopefully stir up some good luck for the big game).
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The ASU Homecoming Block Party takes place immediately after the Homecoming parade in a festival-type atmosphere. This free, family-friendly event is open to the public and boasts a 14-acre footprint. Attendees will find over 100 tents offering something for the entire family to enjoy.
Pro Tip: Bring the Kids! Stop at the Info Booth to pick up an ASU Homecoming Passport. Gather stamps at various locations and return to the passport to either ASU Gammage or the ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management tent to collect a small prize. Completed passports will be entered for the grand prize of an Amazon Fire HD Tablet.
While you are at the Block Party, interact with ASU student-led organizations like the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA) who often host their annual carne asada tailgate fundraiser (yum!), or the Alumni Association for free ASU swag, yard games, and pre-kickoff activities.
Want more info on ASU Homecoming 2019? Check out asu.edu/homecoming for more.
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