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The University of Alabama

UA Homecoming Features ‘The Tradition Rolls On’ Theme

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama will welcome students, parents, alumni and visitors to campus during Homecoming Week 2011, to be held Sunday, Oct. 2-Saturday, Oct. 8. This year’s Homecoming theme is “The Tradition Rolls On.”

The highlight of the week will be the UA football game against Vanderbilt University at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8, time to be announced.

The week will begin with the 23rd annual Roll Tide Run on Sunday, Oct. 2. The run is set to begin on Capstone Drive, with registration and check-in held at the rear entrance of Gorgas Library. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the race will begin at 10 a.m. The Crimson Kickoff powder puff charity football game will also be held Sunday from 1:30-5:30 p.m. on the Quad.

Paint the Town Red and the Banner Competition will begin Monday, Oct. 3, as campus organizations show their school spirit across Tuscaloosa. The UA Homecoming Bowling Tournament is also planned for Oct. 3 and will begin at 9 p.m. at Bama Bowl on 15th St.

The Homecoming Queen election will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, with online voting from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at Also on Tuesday, the Homecoming Basketball Tournament is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center, and the LifeSouth blood drive will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at various locations across campus.

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, students can participate in the Homecoming Dodgeball Competition at 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.  Events on Thursday, Oct. 6, include the Homecoming Choreography Contest in Coleman Coliseum at 6 p.m.

The annual Homecoming Pep Rally and Bonfire will be held on the Quad Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. when the 2011 Homecoming Queen will be announced.The Homecoming Step Show, co-sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, will also be held Friday at 8 p.m. at Foster Auditorium.

The Homecoming Parade will take place Saturday, Oct. 8, time to be announced, from downtown Tuscaloosa to the UA campus. Parade grand marshals will be a group of first responders who are being honored for their work following the devastating tornado that hit Tuscaloosa earlier this year.

For more information about these events and other details for the week, go online to, the official Facebook page: University of Alabama Homecoming 2011, or Twitter @UAHomecoming.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.