From the time Nebraska's 2011 conference football schedule was released, Husker fans have been circling this Saturday in red. It's an exciting weekend for a lot of reasons: Nebraska's inaugural Big Ten home opener, hosting perennial Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State...and, it just happens to be Homecoming Week. This year's theme, "New Kids on the Block," celebrates Nebraska's first-ever season in the Big Ten as well as the tradition that Nebraska brings to the conference.
Homecoming Week at UNL stirs up competition and excitement as Greek houses and organizations are split into two competitive categories to vie for the title of "Homecoming Week Champion." Throughout the week, groups earn points in a variety of different competitions: Hand-painted Homecoming Week banners (Greek Houses only), skits performed at "Monday Night Live" at the Lied Center, donating blood and volunteering at the week-long Blood Drive, attending the annual East Campus Concert (this year's guest was country star Josh Gracin), attending the parade and, of course, building elaborate floats for the Homecoming parade.
One of the biggest parts of Homecoming Week is the float competition. While organizations concoct mobile floats that are driven through the parade, Greek houses build elaborate stationary lawn displays in front of campus fraternities. On Friday of Homecoming Week, a panel of esteemed judges walks Greek Row on 16th Street and selects the winner among the "triads" (competitive groups) of Greek houses.
While we wait to hear who will take home the victory (and the points!) for best Homecoming float, check out some of the lawn displays erected this week!
Homecoming Week isn't over yet at UNL! There will be plenty of festivities tonight, beginning with Football Friday at the Wick Center from 4:30-6 p.m. In attendance tonight will be former Huskers Brendan Stai and Tommie Frazier as well as Husker Sports Network volleyball analyst John Baylor and Voice of the Huskers Greg Sharpe. The Mobile Tour will also be at the Wick during Football Friday, so be sure to stop on by!
Following Football Friday will be the Homecoming Parade on 16th Street from 6-7 p.m....and a certain RV may make a special appearance!
For more information on tonight's Homecoming activities, visit the Nebraska Alumni Association's Events page, which has a run-down of all of the exciting events on campus tonight.
Remember, there really is no place like Nebraska!