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Better Together: Homecoming reunions move to tailgates



Wildcat Country Tailgating
Wildcat Country Tailgating provides an exciting prelude to football games.

Photo by Scott Delony

Editor’s note: Craig Fisher (’92), assistant vice president for alumni and university relations, writes about a change to Homecoming reunions that will put attendees at the center of a true “coming home” experience made possible by ACU’s new on-campus Wildcat Stadium. Reunions are planned for alumni whose preferred class year ends in a 3 or 8 going back to 1973. Season tickets and individual game tickets, including tickets for Homecoming, are now on sale at

I can picture that day easily: Hamburgers and hot dogs sizzling on grills, and children playing near the GATA fountain. Old friends and classmates relaxing in camp chairs, catching up over glasses of lemonade. Students sporting their best ACU gear painting children’s faces in preparation for the game. And generations of ACU alumni and friends lining up to cheer the Big Purple Band and the football team on their way to their first home game at Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium.


Craig Fisher, assistant vice president for alumni and university relations
Craig Fisher (’92), assistant vice president for alumni and university relations
Members of the ACU community showed up in style Sept. 16, 2017, when we launched on-campus tailgating and start a new era of Gamedays at ACU, and thousands of fans continued to turn out each home game to show their school spirit. Everyone from longtime friends to new acquaintances told me they felt such a sense of pride about who we are as a community, and also gratitude for the friendships and wonderful things that grow from our time on the Hill.
That sense of community inspired me and the Alumni team as we began planning Homecoming 2018, scheduled for Oct. 11-14. The theme is simple – “Better Together” – but it represents what makes Abilene Christian such a special place.
The theme also is reflected in an exciting change to the Homecoming schedule this year: Reunion classes will meet up for lunch Saturday as a part of Wildcat Country Tailgating. It was a joy to walk around the Campus Mall on Gamedays last fall, taking in the sights and sounds of our incredible community celebrating together in the heart of campus. I know Homecoming attendees will enjoy this time they can spend with their fellow Wildcats.  
I hope you’ll make plans to join us during our second year of Gamedays this fall, especially during Homecoming – click here to register. And be sure to purchase your Homecoming football tickets now; last year’s Homecoming game at Wildcat Stadium sold out well in advance.
It’s an exciting sight to see, from the mall filled with tents to the sea of purple T-shirts in Wildcat Stadium’s stands. That’s because Wildcats are better together.

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