So it is Homecoming weekend, the traditions are being promoted, football game on the horizon, friends and family on their way to town, and all of this guarantees a great weekend right? It did for me! Read the post below to hear my experience and tips for the various aspects of Homecoming!
Every year I say "I'm not going to the parade, I'm going to sleep". Well, guess what? I have attended the Homecoming parade four of my five years! There is always some reason I want to go or there is a family member in town that wants to go. Once they convince me, I sit there the majority of the time listening to mediocre high school bands play and drunk/hungover sorority members chant down the street. Then, I usually wind up in the overcrowded University bookstore to buy something and typically stop by a coffee shop for a warm drink that is most likely also overcrowded.
I say all of this because even though those are the consistent memories, the parade is never a bad experience. Regardless of how long I have to wait in lines for my latte or how many people I have to push through to get to the bookstore, it is still such a unique experience. Sure having large crowds of fans at a sporting event is the norm, but this is a parade, a parade that young and old attend, and a tradition that most schools have based their own homecoming and parade off of.
There are a lot of great things about college football, but tailgating has got to be one of the top 5 (at least!). If you go to a school that has a rich tailgating tradition, at least once during your time at the school, just take a look or drive around and really observe how many people there are and how incredible some of these tailgates are! Sometimes, when the weather is nice, I enjoy parking far from the stadium so that I get to walk by multiple tailgates on my way to the game. You can see anything including full catered meals, DJs, TVs nicer than mine at home, beer pong, and so, so much more! It's a goal of mine to visit as many D-1 college football stadiums and you best believe I will be observing their tailgates!
It's also an essential because if you go to the parade in the early AM you can make your way to your tailgate, have some food, drinks, and desserts, hang out with friends and family, play some corn hole or whatever your tailgate game of choice is, and enjoy the day right up until game time. What doesn't sound enjoyable about that?!
The stadium.. The excitement.. The hype videos.. The screaming fans of all ages.. The band & cheerleaders performing fight songs.. The way 70,000+ people are all there for one thing, a football game.. how can anyone not love this?
I'm obviously one of those people who wants to be at ball games AT LEAST 45 minutes early, 30 minutes at the latest! The pregame events pull me in and really set the stage for the entire game! Once the hype video is played and the guys run on the field the real entertainment starts, but the pregame is one of my favorite parts for sure!
Homecoming wouldn't exist without a football game, so clearly it is an essential element! We all know I love college football Saturdays but watching it live is just another level! I've always loved being at a ballpark or stadium, but when you are in a stadium watching your team and cheering along with that many people it is just an experience unlike any other. Take it in and appreciate how great football games are, especially homecoming football games. Without them all the greatness that is college football wouldn't exist and what a sad world that would be right?!
This year we were lucky enough to have a big concert come to CoMo THE NIGHT BEFORE HOMECOMING!! Since I have never been Greek and have never had house decs or any of those festivities to take part in, I was incredibly excited to hear this announcement when it happened! Dierks Bentley was in town with Randy Houser and Drake White. The show was incredible, I strongly suggest attending to anyone who like country music even a little bit! Most people always have Greek Life events to take part in during homecoming week so your experience is probably a little different than mine, but having this additional event was super fun for me!