Concert, Parade, Tailgating, Games on Homecoming 2014 Agenda

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University has scheduled a week of student-focused homecoming activities beginning Sunday, Feb. 16 and running through a weekend of events also catering to alumni and friends on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Homecoming highlights include Friday night’s Downtown Domination, featuring a parade, pep rally and concert featuring Classic Addict on the Uptown Stage. Saturday morning brings the second annual Cougar Madness 5K/1M Walk and the 11 a.m. start of tailgating leading up to men’s and women’s basketball homecoming games vs. Young Harris that afternoon.

In addition to that will be a new alumni event, from 5-6:30 p.m.,called “Friday Night Fun at the Living Room.” The first 100 alumni who come to the Living Room, a rooftop martini bar at 1047 Broadway, will receive a complimentary beverage before the parade on Broadway.

The new Friday night alumni event is part of Downtown Domination, CSU taking over downtown to celebrate homecoming. The annual parade down Broadway begins at 6 p.m., featuring the CSU cheerleaders, dance team, student organizations, homecoming court and more. A pep rally, to be held on the 1300 block of Broadway, follows the parade Friday evening to prepare fans for CSU’s Saturday games against Young Harris at 1:30 p.m. (women) and 3:30 p.m. (men). Following the pep rally, the Columbus-based rock band Classic Addict, featuring lead singer-guitarist Cale Dodds, takes the Uptown stage in the median of Broadway.

Saturday will be packed, starting with the second annual Cougar Madness 5K/1M Walk. The event, co-sponsored by CSU’s ROTC unit and Campus Recreation, begins at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Lumpkin Center. Participants may register at any Big Dog Running Co. store or online at The event benefits House of Heroes, the Columbus nonprofit that repairs and renovates homes of military veterans and public safety retirees.

The public is invited to participate in Saturday’s tailgating starting at 11 a.m. in parking lot 14 (beside the parking deck, in front of University Hall). Faculty, staff, alumni, parents and students are welcome to set up a tent, bring a cooler and grill (propane only). 

For more information, consult the student homecoming schedule or the alumni schedule with more on tailgating.

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