Homecoming is returning to what many alumni still call “happy valley.” Alfred State College (ASC) Homecoming 2021 will take place from Thursday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 17.
Homecoming Committee Chair Spencer Peavey is excited for the return of the event. “It is great to invite alumni, families, and friends back to campus after not being able to do so last year. Our committee has put together a great schedule that should please visitors of all ages.”
Homecoming activities will begin on Thursday evening. The annual Blue & Gold Dinner at the Terrace from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. will kick off the weekend. Students who attend the dinner will receive a free gift courtesy of ACES and a Trivia/Comedy/Variety Show will take place in the Terrace starting at 6:30 p.m.
Students who might want to build up their appetite for the Blue & Gold Dinner can head out to a roller skating event up at the Homecoming Tent outside of Pioneer Stadium starting at 5 p.m.
Friday events begin at 5 p.m. with Bubble Soccer taking place on the Intramural Field. Foodie Friday begins at 6 p.m. in the Pioneer Stadium parking lots and will include food trucks, music, the Greek chili competition, and a bonfire. Foodie Friday will conclude with a fireworks display at 8:45 p.m.
The action on Friday concludes with the popular Alfred’s Got Talent show. What student or student group will take the 2021 crown? The show is slated for a 9:15 p.m. start inside the Cappadonia Auditorium.
Want to check out an athletic event on Friday? Make sure to head to McLane Center on Alfred University's campus as the swimming & diving team hosts SUNY Fredonia at 6 p.m.
The tailgating lots, outside of Pioneer Stadium, will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday prior to the ASC football team taking on Anna Maria. Students, staff, friends, and family are invited to enjoy yard games in the parking lots, take a selfie with Big Blue, and check out the basket raffle while listening to the Alfred Rock Band.
Head into Pioneer Stadium for opening kickoff at Noon vs. the AMCATS. The End Zone Party is back for fans over 21 throughout the game.
A postgame Stearn’s Chicken Barbecue begins at 2:30 p.m. outside the stadium and runs until 5 p.m.
On the new multi-purpose courts, just outside the Orvis Activities Center, a 3x3 basketball tournament starts at 2:30 p.m. and will include the grand opening celebration of the newly remodeled facility.
Athletic action kicks in again at 5 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium when the soccer teams host Mt. Aloysius. The women’s game is slated for 5 p.m. followed by the men at 7:15 p.m.
Weekend activities close out on Sunday with a family brunch at the Central Dining Hall form 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Currently, mask wearing is mandated for all indoor events. Social distancing is encouraged at outdoor events.