Public homecoming activities start the night of Friday, Nov. 17, at the Claremore Expo Center West Bend with a bonfire, pep rally and showing of the family-friendly basketball movie, “Space Jam.” The bonfire and pep rally will start at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17, with participants able to meet the Hillcat men’s and women’s basketball teams, see the RSU Cheer and Dance squads, and enjoy food from food trucks and vendors at the Claremore Expo Center West Bend area.
Saturday’s activities start at 11:30 a.m. with the Hillcat Tailgating Party, a pre-game, family-friendly celebration featuring a photo booth, inflatables and games held outside the Claremore Expo Center where the basketball games will be played.
The Friday night activities and pre-game tailgating are free and open to the public.
A new addition to this year’s homecoming tailgate will be a Corn Hole Tournament. Interested participants must preregister their team of two at www.rsu.edu/homecoming. Cost to enter the tournament is $10 per team.
Both Hillcat basketball teams will face off against St. Gregory’s University, with the women’s game tipping off at 2 p.m. and the men’s game following at 4 p.m.
The 2017 RSU Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime of the men’s game. The homecoming court will also include the Homecoming Prince and Princess from Claremont Elementary School, RSU’s partner in the Hillcub Program.
General admission game tickets can be purchased for $7 for adults or $4 for students and seniors. Children 12 and younger as well as all RSU students, faculty and staff (with ID) are free.
The RSU Alumni Association is also selling Homecoming 2017 t-shirts. Proceeds from shirt sales will benefit RSU scholarships for deserving students. Shirts are available while supplies last. The shirts can be purchased at the basketball games or online at the RSU Homecoming website. Shirts ordered before Nov. 10 will be mailed. Shirts ordered after Nov. 10 can be picked up at the RSU Foundation Office on the RSU Campus or at the Alumni tent during the Hillcat Homecoming Tailgate.
For a full schedule of activities or more information, visit www.rsu.edu/homecoming.