Texas Tech University’s homecoming, “Texas: Don’t Wreck with Tech” features a weeklong celebration of spirit and tradition beginning Oct. 8. The week culminates with the homecoming football game at 2:30 p.m. versus new conference rival, West Virginia.
Student organizations compete in many of the events throughout the week, including the Spirit Board and Spirit Banner competitions, S.O. Sing, and the parade float contest. Homecoming king and queen will be announced during halftime of Saturday’s football game.
The week’s schedule of events follows:
- Spirit Board Competition
- Spirit Banner Competition
- Homecoming Kickoff
- Line Dance Flash Mob
- Cactus Creations
- Campus-Wide Scavenger Hunt
- Custom Leather Bracelets
- S.O. Sing
- Tamale Fest
- Techsan Memorial
- Rowdy Raider Rally
- Presidential Lecture and Performance Series
- Homecoming March, Pep Rally and Bonfire
- Homecoming Parade
Broadway Ave. & University Ave.
Student organizations’ spirit boards will be displayed at the Broadway entrance to campus.
Student Union Building (SUB)
Spirit Banners made by Tech’s student organizations will be on display at the SUB.
Monday, Oct. 8
SUB North Plaza, noon
Kickoff will feature guest speaker Kirby Hocutt and will announce the homecoming queen and king candidates.
SUB North Plaza, immediately following homecoming kickoff
A line dance flash mob will occur in the North Plaza outside of the SUB.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
SUB West Basement, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Students can plant their own cactus for home or dorm decoration with a valid student ID.
Memorial Circle, 4 p.m.
Students may participate in a photo scavenger hunt featuring significant items around campus.
Wednesday, Oct. 10
SUB North Plaza, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Students can create custom leather bracelets (with a valid student ID).
United Spirit Arena, 8 p.m.
Student organizations will contend in a dance-and-sing competition.
Thursday, Oct. 11
Urbanovsky Park, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ
Memorial Circle, 5:30 p.m.
Chancellor Kent Hance and Interim President Lawrence Schovanec will join with other university officials in remembrance of Texas Tech students, alumni, faculty and staff who have passed away in the last year.
Friday, Oct. 12
SUB North Plaza, noon
The top 10 homecoming king and queen candidates will be available for a meet-and-greet.
President’s Reading Program Author: Timothy Egan
SUB Allen Theatre, 7 p.m.
Speaker presentation followed by a book signing.
Urbanovsky Park, 9 p.m.
The homecoming pep rally and bonfire will begin with the inaugural homecoming march, as the Goin’ Band from Raiderland and spirit squads will march along 18th Street to Urbanovsky Park. The pep rally and bonfire will feature performances by the spirit squads and band, Raider Red, the Masked Rider and guest speakers.
Saturday, Oct. 13
Texas Tech Broadway Entrance, 9 a.m.
The parade is a chance for the student organizations and community businesses to join together in a celebration of Red Raider spirit. The route begins at the First Baptist Church on Broadway and ends at the College of Education building. (Parade Route)
R-1 Parking Lot, starts four hours prior to kickoff