If fall is in the air, it must be homecoming season! This year’s Homecoming/Family Weekend takes place September 27 to October 1.
Homecoming/Family Weekend provides a rare opportunity for the entire campus community to come together to celebrate Buffalo State. With fun-filled activities like the miniature shopping cart float, lip sync competition, a pep rally, and the exciting action of Bengals' football, homecoming offers something for everyone.
Homecoming/Family Weekend Highlights
Homecoming/Family Weekend starts Tuesday, September 27, with preliminary rounds for the traditional homecoming King and Queen Competition as well as a lip sync contest.
Thursday, September 29, 12:15 p.m.; Perry Quad
Get ready to make some noise! Buffalo State’s annual pep rally is a great way to show your Bengal spirit. Enjoy dance routines from Buffalo State cheerleaders and Step Expression, the finals of the banner competition, the semifinals of the lip sync contest, a chicken BBQ for students, giveaways, and more live entertainment.
King and Queen Competition/Lip Sync Contest
Thursday, September 29, 6:30 p.m.; Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall
Homecoming/Family Weekend Fest
Friday, September 30, 9:30 p.m.; Campbell Student Union/Student Union Quad
A brand-new event! Try riding a mechanical bull or show your creative side with a Build-A-Bengal booth. Make memories at the Homecoming Photo Booth. Enjoy great carnival food like orange candy apples.
Saturday, October 1
This year, the Buffalo State Bengals, still celebrating their record-setting 82-point game against Western Connecticut State, take on William Paterson at noon in Coyer Field.
Pre-game festivities include the annual Wegmans Shopping Cart Float Competition and mile-long homecoming parade. Parade staging will be held at the Burchfield Penney Art Center parking lot and the route follows Elmwood Avenue to Bidwell Parkway before returning to campus. Parade marchers, students, families, and alumni will then enjoy tailgate parties with live entertainment, food, and more in the Sports Arena before watching the Bengals crush William Paterson.
The announcement of the shopping cart float competition winners and induction of the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2011 will also take place during the game. Tickets are just $5; call (716) 878-6514 or visit the Coyer Field ticket office the day of the game.
After the game, homecoming festivities will wrap up in grand fashion with USG’s Homecoming Carnival. Rides, food, and music will all be available for Buffalo State students with valid ID.
—Wegmans Shopping Cart Competition, 8:30 a.m.; Burchfield Penney Art Center
—Homecoming/Family Weekend Parade and Victory March, 9:45 a.m.; Begins at Burchfield Penney Art Center parking lot
—Homecoming/Family Weekend Tailgate Presented by Wegmans, 10:45 a.m.; Sports Arena
—Homecoming/Family Weekend Football Game, 12:05 p.m.; Coyer Field
—Homecoming/Family Weekend Carnival, 7:00 p.m.; Rockwell Road, Lot G