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Roadrunners celebrate Homecoming with a week full of activities

Roadrunners celebrate Homecoming with a week full of activities

(Oct. 16, 2017) – It’s one of the most exciting weeks of the year at The University of Texas at San Antonio as Roadrunners return to campus to celebrate Homecoming. UTSA students, faculty, staff, alumni and the San Antonio community are invited to get involved in the celebration at the Main and Downtown Campuses.

Homecoming Week activities are designed to demonstrate spirit, build tradition, and instill pride. Highlights include:

Downtown Homecoming Party
Monday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Show your Rowdy spirit and celebrate this year’s Homecoming with music, giveaways, roadrunner cupcakes and drinks.

Mr. and Ms. UTSA Voting
Tuesday and Wednesday

The finalists for Mr. and Ms. UTSA 2017-2018 will find their names on the ballot during Homecoming week. Students can vote via RowdyLink. The students with the most votes will be announced the winners during halftime at the Homecoming Game on Saturday.

Roadrunners Live
Tuesday, 7 p.m., H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 and HUC 1.106), Main Campus

A UTSA tradition that Fraternity and Sorority Life started during Homecoming 2011, Roadrunners Live is a campus-wide talent show to showcase the Rowdy Roadrunner Spirit, from teams to individual acts. Come see who will be crowned 2017 Roadrunners LIVE Champion title.

Game Week Wednesday
Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Central Plaza, Main Campus

Join the Rowdy Crew and members of the UTSA Football team for games, food and fun to get hyped for the game.

The Frank Wilson Show
Wednesday, 7 p.m., Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, 1400 Pantheon Way, San Antonio

Fans are invited to join Coach Wilson and host Andy Everett each Wednesday throughout the season for the one-hour radio show at its new location. All shows will be carried live in the San Antonio area on The Bull 92.5/93.3 FM and also can be heard online at goUTSA.com. Fans are encouraged to submit questions on the UTSA Athletics Facebook page.

Comedy Night
Wednesday, 8 p.m., H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 and HUC 1.106), Main Campus

Get ready to laugh among fellow Roadrunners for an evening of fun at this special Homecoming Comedy Show featuring Chico Bean from MTV’s Wild ‘N Out. Students get in free with their UTSA Student ID.

Golf Cart Decorating Party
Thursday, 5:45 p.m., H-E-B University Center Lawn, Main Campus

Creative Roadrunners will come together to decorate their student organization’s cart before Friday’s Golf Cart Parade. The competition’s overall winner will receive a brick in the Paseo with the organization’s name engraved on it.

BestFest
Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus

BestFest, one of UTSA’s most popular traditions, is celebrating 40 years. The event features live music from the bands Anthem and Austin Party Band, a carnival, food and drink booths, the SGA Golf Cart Parade and fireworks. Student organizations at UTSA will also staff booths to raise money for their organizations.  The event is free and open to the surrounding community.

The week is capped off with Saturday’s football game versus Rice and the crowning of the new Mr. and Ms. UTSA.

Pre-Game:

Rally at the Alley 
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Alamodome Lot C

UTSA students, put on your blue and orange and show your support for your Roadrunners. There will be music, games and free food with your student ID, while supplies last. Take the shuttle from Laurel Village two-and-a-half hours before the game to get to the Alamodome parking lots in time for the fun.

Spirit Walk 
Saturday, 3:45 pm., Alamodome, Roadrunner Alley, between Lots B and C

Feel like you’re part of the team by experiencing this unique UTSA tradition. Two hours and 15 minutes before each home game, the team bus comes down Cherry St. and pulls up to the parking lots on the east side of the Alamodome. Then join the Spirit of San Antonio band, UTSA Cheer and other fans who line the walkway and cheer on Coach Wilson and the entire Roadrunner team as Rowdy leads them down Roadrunner Alley and into the Alamodome.

Rowdy Town 
Saturday, 3 p.m., H-E-B Plaza and VIA Bridge, north side of the Alamodome

Roadrunner fans of all ages can take part in free pregame festivities including food, games and music. Fans can also meet the UTSA men's and women's basketball teams.

UTSA Alumni Tailgate
Saturday, 3 p.m., Sunset Station

The UTSA Alumni Association and Credit Human invite fans to Roadrunner Station, three hours before every home game. There will be food, music, a live watch party and more. Learn more about tailgating guideline here.

Game Day Parking:

Parking at the Alamodome is limited to fans with a season pass, but there are many other places to park or get to the game.

VIA Service from Main Campus

Students and the general public can hop on a shuttle in front of Laurel Village at the corner of Brenan Ave. and Tobin Ave. The VIA Token Trailer will be set up north of the Laurel Village Office. Free public parking will be offered in the Tobin Ave. Garage at Tobin Ave. and Cook Road. Service begins two-and-a-half hours before each game. Returning service will run for one hour following the end of the game.

Special event tokens may be purchased in advance at the University Center on the Main Campus at the Roadrunner Express Store, using VIA’s goMobile app and at all VIA Information Centers. Tokens also will be available at the park and ride locations on game days.

UTSA students may purchase tokens at a student rate of $1.25 each way. Special event tokens for the public from VIA game day pick-up location is $2.50 each way. A current UTSA student ID is required to receive the student rate. VIA daily, monthly and semester bus passes are not valid for special event services.

Other VIA Park and Ride Options

In addition to Main Campus, fans have three other VIA Park and Ride options. Service to the Alamodome begins two-and-a-half hours before kickoff from Crossroads Mall and Madla Transit Center. The last returning bus departs from the Alamodome 45 minutes after the official end of the game.

Downtown Campus Parking

Students can park in any unmarked space on Saturdays at the Downtown Campus in Lots D-3 and D-4 under IH-35 and walk to the game. Bring your comfy shoes. It’s about a two mile trek. Students can also catch the VIA Alamodome Express service on Buena Vista St., near Lot D-1. Look for VIA’s temporary bus stop signage and VIA personnel.

Going to the Game:

Get your Tickets

UTSA students are eligible for free admission to all UTSA games. Students may also purchase up to four guest tickets at $10 per ticket for seating in the student section. Click here for ticket information. 

The Alamodome has a new clear bag policy. You can find all the details on this policy including a list of the approved bags on the Alamodome website. The UTSA Bookstore will sell clear bags at the Alamodome on game days or you can order them online 

Fans will also experience many of the more than $50 million in recently-completed renovations to the Alamodome, including wider concourses, new concessions areas, a beer garden, outdoor terraces, new lighting, video walls and ribbon board technology and an upgraded sound system.

Game Day Traditions and Social Media

Get into game mode by brushing up on UTSA game traditions. And stay engaged with fellow fans by sharing your UTSA Game Day experiences on social media using #UTSA, #BirdsUp, #GoRunners, #AllHandsOnDeck and #DefendTheDome.

Halftime Show

Don’t miss a performance from the Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA) marching band and the crowning of the 2017-2018 Mr. and Ms. UTSA.

Can’t make it? Watch or listen live!

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on KMYS-CW 35 in San Antonio, on CW 33 in Dallas-Ft. Worth and on CW 39 in Houston. The contest also can be heard live in San Antonio on The Bull 92.5/93.3 FM. The game will be streamed live via Stadium on Facebook.

Campus experience

Throughout football season, the monument lights and University Center lights will glow blue and orange during home game weeks. After a win, the lights turn all orange in victory for the rest of the weekend.

Homecoming Week wraps up with the Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22 in the H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.106) on the Main Campus. The event brings together UTSA alumni and current students to share a meal and have a round-table conversation about how experiences in college carry them forward on their unique leadership journeys. The featured speaker is UTSA alumna Patricia Alvarez '82 and justice of the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals. 

Courtney Clevenger


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