NEW YORK—Columbia Athletics invites all alumni, friends and family members to campus this weekend as Columbia University will host its annual 2017 Homecoming weekend.
“Homecoming weekend is a celebration event for our great university and athletics program,” Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Physical Education Peter Pilling said. “It’s a great time for all of our students, student-athletes, alumni, family members and fans to come out, show their Columbia support and enjoy all of the planned events this weekend.”
Highlighted by the annual Homecoming Football game, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium (corner of 218th & Broadway Ave.) against Penn, Columbia will host a total of six athletics events this weekend at both Dodge Physical Fitness Center and Baker Athletics Complex. The Columbia women’s swimming and diving team competes in a scrimmage against LIU Brooklyn at (Friday at 5 p.m., Columbia’s field hockey team hosts both Penn (Friday at 7 p.m.) and defending national champion Delaware (Sunday at 1 p.m.) and the Lions’ volleyball team plays matches against Penn (Friday at 7 p.m.) and Princeton (Saturday at 5 p.m.).
Columbia enters a Homecoming Game with an undefeated 4-0 record for the first time since the 1996 season. It gets back into Ivy League play with a 1-0 record after defeating Princeton 28-24 on Sept. 30. Defending Ivy League co-champion Penn is 2-2 overall and 0-1 in Ivy League play.
In addition to the athletics events, Columbia University has planned a variety of alumni and fan-friendly events. The Columbia College Alumni Association will sponsor its annual Lunch Under the Big Tent and Homecoming Carnival Saturday prior to the football game beginning at 11 a.m. On Friday afternoon from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., students and fans of all ages are invited to attend a Pep Rally for the while the Columbia Football Team prepares for Saturday’s game with a walk-through on the South Lawn at 5:00 p.m.
For those unable to attend Homecoming in New York City, the football game can be seen on Eleven Sports Network (click here for channel availability: http://elevensportsusa.com/where-to-watch/) and simulcast on the Ivy League Network (http://www.ivyleaguenetwork.com/columbia/game/college-football-penn-at-columbia-on-10142017).
Radio coverage is available online at www.gocolumbialions.com, www.ivyleaguenetwork.com and the Columbia Lions app available for free at Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.neulion.android.collegesports.columbia.free) and the App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/columbia-lions/id413578984?mt=8).
Below is a detailed schedule of events taking place during Homecoming Weekend. Join us as we celebrate 2017 Homecoming at Columbia!
2017 HOMECOMING WEEK SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, October 13, 2017
|1:00 - 4:00 p.m.||
Pep Rally, South Lawns and Low Plaza, Morningside Campus
Join the vice presidents of the four undergraduate student councils for a Homecoming Pep Rally, hosted in partnership with Columbia Athletics and Columbia Dining. Be a part of the official walk through with the football players and enjoy a birthday celebration for Roar-ee the lion, as well as other fun and games.
Football Practice/Walk-Through on South Lawn, Morningside Campus
Watch as the Lions prepare for Penn at their weekly Friday game preparation
Watch the Lions as they compete against LIU Brooklyn in their first scrimmage of the year. Admission is free.
Penn vs. Columbia Field Hockey Game, Columbia Field Hockey Venue
Watch the Lions field hockey team play Penn in a key Ivy League contest.
Watch the Lions volleyball team as it takes on Penn in the first of two weekend matches. Admission is free.
(Noble-The Back Room, 450 Park Avenue South, New York, N.Y. 10016)
Come out to see your fellow Young Alumni and welcome the recently graduated Class of 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Note: First Fan Bus Departs at 10:20 a.m. from Broadway and 116th Street.
|10 a.m. - Noon
Wrestling Open Practice, Rocco B. Commisso Soccer FieldWatch the 2017 Columbia wrestling team go through a full practice on the South End of the soccer field. Admission is free.
|11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
||Roar-ee's Fan Zone, Robertson Field at Satow Stadium (Baseball field)
Bring the family to Roar-ee’s Fan Zone! The carnival atmosphere offers fun and games for fans of all ages. Admission to Roar-ee’s Fan Zone is free with football game ticket or valid Columbia student ID.
|11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
||Lunch Under the Big Tent, Columbia Softball Field, sponsored by Columbia College Alumni Association
Enjoy a pre-game barbecue buffet lunch hosted by the Columbia College Alumni Association. Each ticket includes you an all-you-can-eat lunch, dessert, soft drinks and admittance to the Homecoming Carnival. Cash bar is also available.
|11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
||Homecoming Carnival, Columbia Softball Field, sponsored by Columbia College Alumni Association
Bring your friends and family to participate in face-painting, balloon-making, magic, games, arts and crafts, a bounce house and more. Lunch and bar will close at 1:30 p.m. and the carnival will remain open until 3 p.m. Admission to the Homecoming Carnival requires a ticket to Lunch Under the Big Tent. A separate ticket is required for admission to the football game.
|11 a.m.||Columbia Football Players Club Pre-Game Brunch, Milstein Hospitality Pavilion, Campbell Sports Center
Football alums and donors are invited to attend an annual pre-game brunch in the Campbell Sports Center.
|11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
||Free Archery Clinic (North end, Rocco Commisso Soccer Field)
Learn how to shoot an arrow from the 2017 National Champion Columbia Archery team. For ages 8-18. No experience necessary and no equipment needed.
|Noon||Pre-Game Picnic Area
Free hot dogs and beverages at all football games beginning 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
|1:30 p.m.||Penn vs. Columbia Homecoming Football Game, Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence Wien Stadium
Buy your tickets in advance of game day to guarantee your seats on Columbia’s side! Tickets are available by visiting www.gocolumbialions.com/tickets or call 888-LIONS11.
|5 p.m||Princeton vs. Columbia Volleyball Match, Levin Gymnasium
Watch the Lions volleyball team take on defending Ivy League champion Princeton. Admission is free.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
||Delaware vs. Columbia Field Hockey, Columbia Field Hockey Venue
Watch the Lions field hockey team close out Homecoming weekend against defending national champion Delaware.