Homecoming

Saturday, September 27

8:00 a.m.

Butler's Biggest Tailgate

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Hinkle Fieldhouse Lot
Join the fun at Butler's Biggest Tailgate. Fans have several tailgating options.

  • Option one is a single car parking pass, on the west side of the Hinkle parking lot (close to the HRC), for $15 and includes a parking space for your vehicle. RV/Campers are welcome for a cost of $35. (price includes pass and shipping costs)
  • Are you looking for the opportunity to tailgate in the best location on game day? Fans can also choose to be part of Bulldog Boulevard, a section of tents where fans can set-up their tailgate. Option 2 is a Bulldog Boulevard tailgate pass for $85 and includes rental of tented tailgating space, one Hinkle Fieldhouse parking space near Bulldog Boulevard, one 8 foot table, and a sign identifying your tent. Fans provide food, drinks, friends, and a great tailgating atmosphere. We are looking for true blue Butler fans who can bring energy and excitement to this game day tailgating experience.
  • Option 3 is a Butler Bowl Tailgate Combo for $32 that includes a parking pass, for parking on the east side of the Hinkle parking lot (close to the Butler Bowl entrance) and 2 general admission football tickets.
      
    Tailgating space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as the Hinkle lot typically sells out for Homecoming. Bulldog Boulevard tailgating is from 8:00 a.m. - until 5:30 p.m. Please see Athletics' complete tailgating policy.
9:00 a.m. Sigma Chi Chariot Race
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Along Hampton Drive
FREE

9:00 a.m. Butler Couples Commitment Blessing
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Steps of the Carillon
FREE: Reservation Requested
Couples who met their significant others at Butler or have a Butler connection are encouraged to join us at the Carillon for a special blessing. Couples who register in advance will receive a free gift. 

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Carillon Concert & Open House
  Meet University carillonneur, William Engle, at the carillon room for a concert of arrangements, anecdotes or requests. For more information contact William Engle at 317-695-2926 or wengle@butler.edu.
9:00 a.m. - noon Office of Admission Hours
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Robertson Hall
Stop by the Admission Office for any questions you or your prospective student have about attending Butler University.

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. JCA Butler Ballet: The Nutcracker Rehearsal
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Guests are welcome to stop by and view rehearsals of The Nutcracker from the observation windows outside of the studio.  Butler Ballet performs the only fully staged production in central Indiana of this holiday favorite (performances will be in Clowes Memorial Hall in December).  See JCA students hard at work preparing for the performances and get a taste of what the final product will be.
9:15 a.m.  Butler Bulldogs Football Team Walk
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Location TBD
FREE

9:30 a.m. Bulldog Beauty Contest presented by Built Ford Tough Trucks
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Butler Campus- East Mall
FREE
A Homecoming favorite, Trip hosts the 13th annual contest. This is a must-attend event for all Bulldog fans!  Visit www.butler.edu/homecoming for more information or to register your bulldog.

 

10:00 a.m. - Noon College of Education Alumni Gathering
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Atherton Union, Starbucks
FREE: Reservation Requested
Stop by Starbucks for a meet and greet with COE faculty and staff.  COE goodies will be available and the coffee is on us when you come by!

 

10:00 a.m. - Noon Family Fun Fest
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Atherton Mall
FREE
Bring the entire family to enjoy Family Fun Fest.  Activities will entertain all ages and include face painting, train rides, and more!

 

10:00 a.m. - noon Food Truck Festival
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Butler Way Drive (46th Street)

Returning to Homecoming in 2014, alumni and fans can visit one of seven food truck vendors including:

General American Donut Co.
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Nacho Mama's
Twitter: NachoMamasFT

Dashboard Diner
Twitter: dashboarddiner

Groovy Guys Fries
Twitter: GroovyGuysFries

Mac Genie
Twitter: MacGenieTruck

Flying Cupcake
Twitter: flyncupcake

Byrnes Grilled Pizza
Twitter: ByrnesPizza



10:00 a.m. - Noon

Tours of the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts

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Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
FREE

 

10:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

EDDP Tailgate
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Bulldog Boulevard, Hinkle Fieldhouse
Free
Celebrating 10 years of EDDP Graduates! EDDP alumni, students, and families are invited to tailgate. Bring your own food, drink, and chairs, and the department will bring the tailgating activities. Tailgate Highlight: Don't miss an opportunity to check out the latest EDDP student project, Trick Trip's Ride, at the EDDP tailgate spot immediately following the Homecoming Parade.

 

10:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. Young Alumni Tailgate hosted by the Young Alumni Board
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Bulldog Boulevard, Hinkle Fieldhouse
FREE
Bulldogs of the last 10 years are invited to stop by and enjoy games, free food, and prizes while tailgating with fellow young alumni.

 

10:00a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Class of 1964, 1989, 2004, and 2009 Reunion Tailgate

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Bulldog Boulevard, Hinkle Fieldhouse
FREE: Reservation Requested
Gather with classmates prior to the football game for some Homecoming tailgating! Each reunion class will have their own space to celebrate with their classmates.  This complimentary tailgate area will be available to the class and includes light snacks. Guests are encouraged to bring their tailgate lunch or to enjoy food available for purchase on-site.

 

10:00a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Class of 2014 "0 Year" Reunion Tailgate

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Bulldog Boulevard, Hinkle Fieldhouse
FREE: Reservation Requested
Celebrate your first Homecoming as an alumnus in a special tailgate area just for the Class of 2014.  Brign your cooler and enjoy complimentary snacks. Classmates who
participated in your senior class giving campaign will receive a complimentary
football ticket and spirit item for registering to attend! 

 

10:00a.m.-2:00 p.m. Clowes Memorial Hall Open House
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Clowes Memorial Hall
FREE



10:30 a.m. - noon Jordan College of the Arts Alumni Community Tailgate
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Bulldog Boulevard, Hinkle Fieldhouse
FREE: Reservation Requested
Members of the JCA community are invited to stop by the Jordan College of the Arts Alumni Community Tailgate. Join us to mix with fellow JCA graduates and to participate in our trivia to win great prizes! 

 

10:30a.m.-12:30p.m. College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Alumni & Faculty Tailgate 

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Bulldog Boulevard, Hinkle Fieldhouse
FREE: Reservation Requested



10:30a.m. -1:00 p.m.

College of Communication Reunion Tailgate

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Health and Recreation Complex, South Patio
FREE

 

11:00 a.m. Butler Baseball Alumni, Family & Friends Tailgate
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Bulldog Park, Behind the 3B dugout
FREE

  • Chicken sandwiches provided courtesy of Chick-Fil-A. Lunch will start at 11:00am. Soft drinks and table wear will also be provided.
  • Each family is asked to "pitch in" with a dessert or salad. Last name A-M= salad or side dish, last name N-Z= dessert.
  • Tables and chairs will be provided on the concrete patio behind the 3B dugout. If we have any weather issues, we'll stay dry inside our nearby indoor hitting facility.
  • "Kids Day" at the ballpark… the field will be open for kids to run the bases, play catch in the outfield (bring your glove- we provide the baseballs) and hang out with Butler varsity players (in uniform).
  • Free drawing during the picnic to throw out a 1st pitch at a 2015 Butler home game!
  • Check out the new additions to the ballpark ($150K in improvements in the past two years, thanks to generous gifts from baseball alumni, parents and friends of the program). Check out past team and individual photos in the press box and view the All Decade Team plaques in our hitting building.
  • We are requesting a $25 per family donation to cover the costs of the day. Checks can be made out to Butler Baseball. You can either drop off your check to Coach Farley at the picnic or mail in c/o Baseball Office, Butler University, 555 W. 52nd St., Indianapolis,
    IN 46208.
  • Please RSVP to Coach Farley with the number of adults and kids attending as soon as
    possible at
    sfarley@butler.edu so that we can get an accurate count for sandwiches.
  • Questions? Call Coach Farley at 317-940-9721.
11:00 a.m. Homecoming Parade
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Butler Campus
FREE

Join us as we make the trek from Hampton Drive, through the middle of campus (near Lilly
Hall), down Lake Road, and over to the football game!  Shout for your favorite float, and wave to the Homecoming Court as you gather with friends and family to celebrate your Butler pride through this Homecoming tradition.  Parade spectators are encouraged to gather and watch along Hampton Drive (west of Sunset Ave) or the North Mall! Click here to see the route. 



11:00 a.m. - noon College of Business & MBA Association Tailgate
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Bulldog Boulevard, Hinkle Fieldhouse
FREE

 

11:45 a.m.

Butler University Marching Band Pre-Game Performance
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Butler Bowl

12:00 p.m. Butler Bulldogs vs. Jacksonville Dolphins
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Butler Bowl
Advanced general admission tickets are $9 for adults (ages 13+) and $5 for children (ages 3-12). Advanced chairback tickets are $20 for adults and children (ages 3-12).  General admission tickets can be purchased at the event for $12 for adults (ages 13+) and $8 for kids (ages 3-12) and chairbacks for $24 for adults and children (ages 3-12). All youth two and under are FREE. No animals allowed in the Butler Bowl. *Bulldog fans with a football ticket will receive free entry into the men's soccer game.

NOTE: Class Reunion celebrations will have special reserved general admission seating with a football ticket purchase.

 

2:30 p.m.** Alumni Baseball Game
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Bulldog Park, Davey Athletic Complex
FREE
**NOTE: Game will begin immediately following conclusion of the Football game.

 

3:00 p.m. Crown Hill Cemetery Butler Notables Tour
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Crown Hill Cemetery
$5 adults/$3 children
A combination walking/driving tour through beautiful Crown Hill Cemetery with stops at the grave sites of Butler notables from the past and present giving highlights from each of their lives, including Butler founder Ovid Butler, Coach Tony Hinkle, Officer James Davis, Professors Catharine Merrill, Eliza Blaker, Albertina Allen Forrest, and others.

 

5:30 p.m. Butler Men's Soccer vs. Georgetown
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Butler Bowl
$7 adult, $4 youth (ages 3-12)
NOTE: Bulldog fans with a football ticket will receive free entry into the soccer game.

 



7:00 p.m. JCA Department of Theatre Senior Production directed by Julia Levine
 

Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 328
Devised piece centered on Environmentalism and Theatre.

 

7:00 p.m.

 JCA Department of Theatre Senior Production directed by Lauren Gentry

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Burmese Community Center for Education (8600 N. College Avenue)
Devised piece centered on Refugees and Theatre. For more information please contact Lauren Gentry.

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