Schedule of Events
History of Homecoming
After almost ten years without Homecoming at ODU, a student-led initiative within the Student Government Association saw the need to bring back Homecoming and it was revitalized as a three day event in February, 2000. In October 2001, Homecoming grew to a weeklong celebration introducing new themes and events such as the Powder-puff Football Game and fireworks. It also brought back traditional events such as Monarch Pride Day and Homecoming Court. Then in 2002, the celebration was moved to November to coincide with the opening season of Men's and Women's basketball. Over the years, concerts, comedy shows, and races were all added to the event lineup providing something for everyone. Homecoming thrived as a popular celebration on campus and its goal to improve campus pride and spirit as well as encourage relations with alumni prevailed as ODU saw the addition of football in 2009. Homecoming 2010 saw the continuance of many traditions as well as the fostering of some new such as dying the Lion fountain blue. Each year, Monarch spirit, pride, and unity are brought to a new level not only for current students, but also for alumni, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.
Information courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529