BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU's Homecoming is an annual tradition for alumni, students, and fans alike.
Homecoming week will be celebrated September 25 through October 2, with the Homecoming game taking place on Saturday, October 1 against the Missouri Tigers.
A little back story: In 1910, LSU alums gathered for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the school, which was the first recorded gathering of alumni. Later in 1922, Homecoming was actually associated with a football game. That year, LSU defeated Tulane 24-14. Three years later, LSU celebrated its first official Homecoming on October 10 with a pep rally and concert.
This year, the Homecoming Committee has planned a number of activities for everyone to enjoy. All scheduled events are free. The events are scheduled as follows:
Monday, Sept. 12 - Saturday, Oct. 1:
- CANapalooza Canned Food Drive: CANapalooza is an exciting event supporting the LSU Food Pantry and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. As part of CANapalooza, canned food will be collected in a U-haul truck on Tower Drive leading up to Homecoming week. Fans on campus during game day are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to the Tiger Stadium replica can construction display tent on the Parade Ground. The cans will then be donated to the food pantry and food bank.
Monday, Sept. 19 - Thursday, Sept. 29:
- Vote for Homecoming King and Queen via TigerLink: LSU students can vote for the 2016 Homecoming king and queen via their TigerLink accounts from Sept. 19 at 12 p.m. through Thursday, Sept. 29, at 11:59 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 25:
- Capture the Flag, Quadrangle: Students will be divided into teams and tasked with hiding their team’s flag and strategically navigating through “enemy” areas to try to capture their team’s flag. Obstacles and capture by opposing forces makes this an exhilarating start to Homecoming week. The event will take place at 8 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 26:
- Splatterbeat, Parade Ground: Splatterbeat, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, has become one of the student body’s favorite traditions. Trash cans will be placed upside down with their lids secured on top. Paint will be placed in the lids and participants can bang on the drums with the provided sticks and let the paint splatter all around. Splatterbeat will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 26 - Saturday, Oct. 2:
- Student Organization Banner Competition, Union: Student organizations from around campus submit banners showing their school spirit with the Homecoming theme, “Chance of Reign…Always!” Banners will be on display from Monday, Sept. 26, through Saturday, Oct. 2.
- Spirit Wall, Free Speech Plaza: The entire LSU community is invited to sign the spirit wall in Free Speech Plaza in front of the Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The wall features panels that display information about Homecoming Week events, and students share their favorite Homecoming memories in their signed notes on the wall.
Tuesday, Sept. 27:
- CANapalooza Blitz Build, Parade Ground, 4 to 7 p.m.
- LSU’s Got Talent: Students will compete to win the competition and open for Thursday night’s concert headliner, The Internet. Individual and small group performers will compete in dance, song, spoken word, and more.
Wednesday, Sept. 28:
- Field Day, Parade Ground: The Homecoming Student Committee will host a field day for students on campus the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. Students will enjoy inflatables, classic games, and carnival food on the Parade Ground. This is a perfect event for commuter students on campus only during the day.
Wednesday, Sept. 28 - Friday, Sept. 30:
- Help build Tiger Stadium of canned food donations to support the LSU Food Pantry and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Non-perishable food will be collected throughout Homecoming Week in a U-haul truck parked on Tower Drive. The structure builds will take place Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2 to 7 p.m. The finished structures will be on display beginning Friday evening until Sunday, when all food will be donated.
Thursday, Sept. 29:
- Homecoming Pep Rally, Parade Ground: Don’t miss Mike the Tiger, Tiger Band, and the Golden Girls, LSU Cheerleaders, VIP coaches, and athletes and student performances in this exciting celebration of Tiger spirit and preparation for the weekend’s the athletic contests at 7 p.m. As the pep rally ends, the block party heats up, inviting students to dance the night away on the Parade Ground. This event is open to the public.
- Homecoming Concert featuring headliner The Internet, Parade Ground: LSU welcomes The Internet, a neo-soul band for the 2016 Homecoming Concert presented by the LSU Student Activities Board at 7 p.m. The concert will open with three student performers who were selected at LSU’s Got Talent Tuesday night of Homecoming week.
Saturday, Oct. 1:
- LSU Homecoming Parade: In 1941, LSU held its inaugural Homecoming Parade as 52 campus organizations took part in the Tiger Parade. Don’t miss seeing this year’s Homecoming Court, bands, and floats in the LSU Homecoming Parade at 11 a.m. Jim Hawthorne, retired voice of the Tigers, will serve as Grand Marshall. The parade goes through a trek around campus starting near the LSU University Administration Building on West Lakeshore Drive, turning onto South Stadium Drive, turning again on Fieldhouse Drive, and turning onto Tower Drive, where the parade will end at the LSU Student Union. To view the parade route, visit www.lsu.edu/homecoming.
- Homecoming Tailgate, Parade Ground: LSU will provide live entertainment on the Parade Ground for students, alums, and fans from 12 to 4 p.m. Students should show TigerCard to receive concession snacks. Co-hosted by LSU Homecoming Student Committee and LSU Student Government.
- LSU Football vs. Missouri, Tiger Stadium: The 2016 Homecoming game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium and will be broadcast on the SEC Network as well as 98.1 FM. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned on the field during halftime.
Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2:
Greek Lawn Decoration Competition Display, West Lakeshore Drive: View the creative and spirited lawn decorations in front of Greek chapter homes along West Lakeshore Drive throughout the day. Student organizations will also have their artistic, spirited banners on display in front of the Union.
Sunday, Oct. 2:
- Black Student Union Gala, Union Royal Cotillion Ballroom: The Black Student Union will host its annual gala in the Union Ballroom from 7 to 11 p.m. This event is a semi-formal event. The Black Student Union is the third largest student organization on campus and is interested in working to improve the quality of life for African American students by tackling issues that directly affect their community.
For more information about LSU's Homecoming, visit www.lsu.edu/homecoming, contact LSU Campus Life at 225-578-5160, or email email@example.com.