TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Before the Crimson Tide host the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Bryant-Denny Stadium, campus will be abuzz with crimson pride as The University of Alabama kicks off homecoming week Oct. 16.
Kickoff of the homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 22, is set for 6 p.m. shown on ESPN. The homecoming parade will start at noon with former Olympian and UA alumna Lillie Leatherwood serving as grand marshal.
The community will be able to view lawns decorated by student organizations and businesses participating in the Paint the Town Red competition beginning around noon Friday, Oct. 21.
QR codes will be displayed outside each business and lawn display for everyone to vote on a favorite. Voting will be cut off around three hours before kickoff.
This year’s theme is “Legends Live Forever,” and the UA Homecoming Board has several events planned where students can show off their own legendary skills, whatever those may be.
The week’s events include:
Sunday, Oct. 16
Roll Tide Run: Race begins at 4 p.m. Warm-Up/Check-In Time: 3 p.m. near Denny Chimes. Ticket purchase is required. This event is also open to alumni and community members.
Homecoming Kickoff Event: 6-9 p.m., The University of Alabama Student Center Lawn. This is a free event.
Monday, Oct. 17
Bowling Competition: 6-10 p.m. at Bowlero.
Free Open Student Bowling: 9-10 p.m. All UA students are welcome. Open lanes are first come, first served and for only one hour per group.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
Dodgeball Competition: 5 p.m., Student Recreation Center South Gym.
Wednesday, Oct. 19
Flag Football Competition: 5 p.m., UREC Intramural Fields.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Choreography Competition: 6 p.m., Coleman Coliseum. Tickets are required. Open to alumni and community members as well.
Trivia Competition: 8 p.m., Student Center Theater. Participants should register through the homecoming site.
Friday, Oct. 21
Pep Rally/Bonfire and Homecoming Queen crowning: 6:30 p.m., the Quad.
Step Show, sponsored by National Panhellenic Council: 8:30 p.m., Coleman Coliseum. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are required and this event is also open to alumni and community members.
Get more details on homecoming events, registration and tickets by visiting the UA homecoming website.
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