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Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Now & Then: IU Homecoming 2010

Media can arrange to interview Harry Cherry, grand marshal of the 52nd annual Homecoming parade, by contacting Jamie Hunte, IUAA, at 812-855-4958.

Oct. 6, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University alumni, students and friends are invited to nearly 20 activities taking place during "Now & Then: Homecoming 2010," Oct. 8-16 in Bloomington.

"The Hoosier football team is off to a great start this season, and we are excited about all of the Homecoming activities planned this year," said Mark Skirvin, senior director of outreach programs at the IU Alumni Association. "We expect more than a thousand participants for this year's Homecoming Nearly Naked Mile charity run on Monday evening (Oct. 11), and we're thrilled to offer an old favorite to Homecoming game-day activities with a Pancakes 'n' Pigskin Homecoming Tailgate Party at Hoosier Village (next to Memorial Stadium) before the football game."

Homecoming Parade Map 2010

Homecoming parade map

Print-Quality Photo

Big Man on Campus, Zeta Tau Alpha's annual philanthropic event celebrating breast cancer survivors, will kick off Homecoming events on Friday (Oct. 8). Male students from a variety of IU organizations will demonstrate their talents at the IU Auditorium, competing for the BMOC title. Cost to attend is $13.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., Friday (Oct. 15), the 52nd annual Homecoming parade will take to the streets featuring marching bands, floats, spirit groups and local Shriners clubs. The parade will travel west down Third Street then north on Indiana Avenue to the Sample Gates. Serving as grand marshal will be Harry Cherry, who graduated from IU in 1938 and is the oldest living Hoosier football player.

After the parade, Sample Gates is the stage for a pep rally to cheer the Hoosiers to a Homecoming victory. The pep rally will feature IU head football coach Bill Lynch, football players, cheerleaders, the Marching Hundred and more.

Football Crowd 2010

IU fans celebrate at a football game this fall.

Get your Hoosier spirit going early on game day, Saturday (Oct. 16) with a special Pancakes 'n' Pigskin Homecoming Tailgate Party. The tailgate runs from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and features breakfast favorites along with activities and games for all ages, a live pregame radio show with the IU Football Radio Network, performances by the IU cheerleaders and the Marching Hundred, and plenty of Hoosier spirit to get fired up for the big game.

Tailgate tickets cost $15 for adults, $6 for children (ages 12 and younger), and are free for Little Hoosiers (2 and younger) if purchased in advance. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling the IU Alumni Association at 812-855-4958 or online at Tickets purchased on the day of the event cost $15 for all ages. The Pancakes 'n' Pigskin Tailgate Party is sponsored by the IU Alumni Association, IU Foundation, Varsity Club, I-Association and Hoosiers for Higher Education.

Football Crowd 1977

Rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm of an IU crowd in 1977.

Homecoming culminates as the Hoosier football team takes on the Arkansas State Red Wolves at noon at Memorial Stadium. During pregame and halftime ceremonies, the 2010 Homecoming king and queen will be introduced, and trophies will be presented to student groups winning the different Homecoming Spirit Week competitions. The Marching Hundred alumni band and alumnae Red Steppers will perform, and 50-year I-Men will be honored. Tickets for the Homecoming football game may be purchased by calling 866-IUSPORTS.

Other Homecoming events:

  • Monday (Oct. 11), 10 p.m.: The Nearly Naked Mile returns for the third year at Dunn Meadow. Students and alumni will shed (some of) their clothes and run across campus in this charity event. Participants must donate at least one article of clothing and must finish wearing at least as much as a bathing suit would cover. Donated clothing will be given to a local shelter.
  • Tuesday (Oct. 12), all day: During IU Spirit Day, prizes will be given to students caught wearing IU apparel on campus. Also on Tuesday, the Coach Hep Cancer Challenge Blood Drive (part of the annual IU Blood Donor Challenge) will be held at the DeVault Alumni Center, 1000 E. 17th St., across from Assembly Hall. To donate blood, make an appointment at under "Event Details."
  • Wednesday (Oct. 13), starting at 3 p.m.: Homecoming Cornhole Tournament and bonfire in Dunn Meadow.
  • Thursday (Oct. 14), 7:30 p.m.: Yell Like Hell Spirit Competition in the Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall.

For a complete schedule of Homecoming events, visit

Homecoming events are sponsored by the IU Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Association. One of the largest and most active student organizations at IU Bloomington, the SAA also sponsors student leadership initiatives and events such as Networking Nights, LeaderShape IU, and business-etiquette programs. For more information, visit

The Indiana University Alumni Association is dedicated to serving the university and its diverse alumni, students, and friends. As one of the nation's largest alumni organizations, serving more than 540,000 graduates worldwide, the IUAA provides many programs and services to its members, nonmember alumni, and the university. For information, visit or call (800) 824-3044.