The Big Red takes the field for the 2022 Homecoming game against Yale. Alumni On a Festive Weekend, Homecoming Was Back—and Better than Ever Stories You May Like The Pain of Family Estrangement Eek! How Much Do You Know About Creepy-Crawly Big Red History? Raise a Glass to the Namesake of Zinck’s Night Thousands flocked to Schoellkopf and its environs, infusing the beloved event with Big Red spirit By Joe Wilensky From football to fireworks to family fun, Homecoming took a beat from Touchdown—and came roaring back! It wasn’t just the thousands of Cornellians and their guests that suffused the Hill with energy on an often-idyllic September weekend, but a surfeit of pent-up Big Red spirit. In the first time since 2019 that a full-scale Homecoming was held without pandemic restrictions, some 10,000 people attended—including more than 2,000 registered alumni and friends and upwards of 5,000 students. Fireworks light up the night at Schoellkopf. Big Red colors filled the Crescent Lot at the Fan Festival; the Marching Band paraded percussively through ebullient crowds before the game against Yale; the sky above Schoellkopf lit up with the traditional laser light show and fireworks; some 7,500 revelers (including Touchdown himself) boogied the night away at a deejayed dance party. Much missed during COVID, the Fan Festival offered food, drink, and a wide variety of amusements. There were carnival games (including a Big Red version of “giant Jenga”), bear-themed temporary tattoos, and photo booths with colorful Cornell backgrounds. A van sporting massive Big Red spirit was a draw at the Fan Fest. Visitors even had the chance to mingle with an equine celebrity: Minnie the miniature horse, the Vet College’s unofficial mascot, whose tiny hooves were bedecked with glitter for the occasion. Among the swag-laden tables hosted by colleges, schools, and organizations was Cornellians’ own—which drew an epic queue of students and alums hoping to snag our snazzy new tote bag. Stories You May Like The Pain of Family Estrangement Eek! How Much Do You Know About Creepy-Crawly Big Red History? (To those who were disappointed: we’ll bring more next year!) Happy to Be Home: The Weekend in Photos Yell Cornell: The crowd goes wild! Touchdown rocks out at the dance party.Glorious to view: Fireworks over Schoellkopf.Football foes face off!Students packed Schoellkopf on Friday night.Fans test their skill at "giant Jenga."Ooh-ing and ah-ing at the fireworks and laser light show.Fur-ever for the Big Red!Tailgaters fire up the grill.Step right up: Carnival games at the Fan Fest.Cheering the home team.O say, can you C? Before kickoff, some spirited songs.Getting cheeky with temporary Touchdown tattoos.Action on the gridiron.Big Red Band alumni come home to march again.Friends, fireworks, and fun.Amid the Marching Band, a ... Corn-ellian?Though the night was chilly, fans of all ages had a blast.Go team, go!Tight end Matt Robbert ’24 makes the catch. Cornellians also invited revelers to take part in a thought exercise we dubbed “Cornell: On the One Hand,” in which they pondered what the University means to them in five words or less—and shared it on our Post-It laden display board. Stay tuned for the results, to be featured in an upcoming story. In fact, so many people participated—more than 400—that we ran out of Post-It notes. (Sorry … we’ll bring more next year!) And while Big Red football did not emerge victorious (sadly, the Bulldogs notched a decisive 38–14 win), the weekend offered more than its share of consolations—including ample portions of Cornell Dairy ice cream. Top: The Big Red takes the field against Yale. (All images in this story by Cornell University photographers Lindsay France, Noël Heaney, Sreang Hok, Jason Koski, and Ryan Young.) Published September 30, 2022 What are your favorite memories of Homecoming—from this year, or in decades past? Comments Brian Hanse, Class of 1983 2 Oct, 2022 The laser light show and Tower Club reception were amazing. I also enjoyed reconnecting with leadership and students of CRU at Uris on Friday night. Good to be back. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel replyOnce your comment is approved, your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Class Year Email * Save my name, email, and class year in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ Other stories You may like Alumni On a Half-Century of Navigating a ‘Maze Lined with Flypaper’ Alumni Alum Is an Evangelist for the Wonders of National Parks—‘After Dark’ Ask the Expert Hosting a Festive Holiday Bash? Here’s Wine 101. Cheers!