We might be biased, but Homecoming weekend is one of the best times of the year in Bloomington. With a full schedule of events, questions are sure to arise. Below are common questions about weekend, plus tips and tricks to make the most of the weekend.
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- I’m getting to town early—what’s on the schedule for Friday?
Friday is jammed pack with IU spirit. Stop by one of the three Homecoming Spirit Stations to pick up free IU swag to add to your weekend wardrobe. Locations include the Indiana Shop on Kirkwood, the Indiana Memorial Union, and the DeVault Alumni Center on 17th St.
Friday evening, make your way to the ultimate display of IU spirit, pride, and tradition—the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally. A family-friendly pre-parade party begins at 5 p.m. at 17th St. and Woodlawn Ave. (near Memorial Stadium), with food trucks, games, and more. Then at 6 p.m., the parade begins its march north on Woodlawn Ave (near the IMU).
- Where should I go for the Homecoming Parade?
Line the sidewalks of Woodlawn Ave. for the best views. The parade begins at the Indiana Memorial Union on the corner of 7th and Woodlawn, and it’s is a straight shot up Woodlawn Ave. to the tailgating fields by Memorial Stadium. Once you make it to the tailgating fields on 17th St., plan to stick around and enjoy the pep rally, which features fireworks, the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen, and plenty of IU spirit.
- Is there a map of the parade route?
There is! You can view, download, and print the Homecoming Parade Map.
- Where should I park for Friday’s parade and pep rally?
Parking on campus and in Bloomington can be a breeze when you know what to expect; however, things might get a little tricky this weekend.
Starting at 5 p.m. on Fridays, any vehicle may park in a “CH” or “ST” zone with or without an IU parking permit. Try the Von Lee parking lot at the corner of 4th and Dunn St., or the lot on the corner of 6th and Dunn St. to take advantage of the free parking.
Be sure to steer clear of spots that say “24-hour tow away” and do not park in Lot #414 across from the Maurer School of Law unless you have an IU permit. This lot maintains enforcement hours after 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Once these lots fill up, try parking on the street in downtown Bloomington and surrounding neighborhoods. There are both metered and residential parking spots located between 4th St. and 9th St., and as far west as College Ave. You’ll pay $1 an hour for metered parking until 9 p.m. You do not need a neighborhood parking permit after 5 p.m. on Fridays.
If you would rather stroll through campus for old times’ sake, park in one of IU’s paid parking garages. Friday pricing information is available through the Office of Parking Operations. Parking is free in IU parking garages all day Saturday and Sunday.
- 11th and Fee Parking Garage (approximately a 5-minute walk to Woodlawn Ave. and 11th St.)
- Atwater Parking Garage (approximately a 13-minute walk to Woodlawn Ave. and 7th St.)
- Henderson Parking Garage (approximately a 12-minute walk to Woodlawn Ave. and 7th St.)
- Jordan Parking Garage (approximately a 13-minute walk to Woodlawn Ave. and 7th St.)
- Poplars Parking Garage (approximately an 8-minute walk to Woodlawn Ave. and 7th St.)
To park closer to the end of the parade, head to the Orange Lot by Memorial Stadium and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Important: you cannot leave your car parked overnight here—you will be ticketed and towed.
- What about parking for Saturday’s game? Is parking at the stadium really sold out? What about the grass fields?
Yes, parking in the near-stadium areas are sold out, including the grass tailgating fields. IU Athletics is directing fans without parking passes to park at the corner of State Rd 46 and N Curry Pike (see map below). This will be a cash only lot (cars $20, RVs $50), and a shuttle will run to and from the stadium.
Fans should also explore the on-campus and downtown parking options highlighted in the Where should I park Friday’s parade and pep rally, and Saturday’s game? question above.
- Is traffic going to be horrible?
There is a lot of road construction happening around and on the way to Bloomington, so the best plan is to allow plenty of time for travel. The Waze app provides live updates on traffic conditions and travel times.
- Saturday's Homecoming Huddle, what are the details?
The Homecoming Huddle is the perfect way to get together with other IUAA members for a spirited IU tailgate, including delicious food and live entertainment before the big game.
2017 Homecoming Huddle
Saturday, Oct 14, 9 a.m.
DeVault Alumni Center Tent
1000 E. 17th St., Bloomington, IN 47408
Registration is closed for this year's Homecoming Huddle. Join us next year for this members-only tailgating event.
- What time do the parking lots and tailgating fields open?
The parking lots around Memorial Stadium and the grass tailgating fields open five hours prior to kickoff. For a noon kickoff, the parking lots open at 7 a.m.
- Where can I purchase tickets to Saturday’s game?
- What are the rules of tailgating?
Tailgaters may have canopies directly in front of or behind their vehicle, as long as traffic is not impeded or additional parking spaces are not taken. Tents and large tarps, glass bottles, and kegs are not permitted.
If you have more questions about IU’s tailgating or other game-day policies, visit the IU Athletics’ Fan Guide, and refer to the parking policies section.
- What is “the Walk” and when does it start?
Fans gather two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff, to show their support for the Hoosiers football team as they make their pre-game walk to the stadium. The Marching Hundred and the cheerleaders lead the singing of Indiana, Our Indiana.
- What time can I go to my seat in Memorial Stadium?
Stadium gates open one hour and 30 minutes prior to kickoff. The pre-game show begins 20 minutes prior to kickoff, and is followed by the national anthem approximately five minutes later.
- What is the “Clear Bag” Policy?
IU Athletics implemented a clear bag policy for the 2017 season and beyond for both Memorial Stadium and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The policy, which is similar to other collegiate venues and NFL stadiums, will provide enhanced public safety for all game attendees. For bag guidelines and restrictions, head to the IU Athletics Bag Policy webpage.