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Homecoming 2019

October 25-26

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Welcome Home, Captains!

Each year, we look forward to the energy and excitement of Homecoming weekend, and we can’t wait to welcome you home on October 25-26. We have much in store for you this year!


Things to know before you register:

  • Homecoming Weekend registration is nonrefundable.
  • The last day for online registration is Friday, October 18.
  • Football tickets and tailgate passes will be sold through the Athletic Ticket Office. If you choose to purchase tailgate passes over the phone, there will be a $1 processing fee per pass. If you purchase in person, there is no additional fee.

For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (757) 594-7712 or alumni@cnu.edu.

Spirit Week on Campus

Brought to you by the Office of Student Activities. Contact sarah.crouse@cnu.edu or call 757-594-7260 for more information.

Court Reveal & Pep Rally

Monday, October 21

Your 2019 Homecoming Court nominees will be revealed during this midday Pep Rally. Hear from our sports teams, dance with the Marching Captains and grab some Christopher Newport gear to officially begin our 2019 Homecoming.
David Student Union · noon-1 p.m.

Homecoming Kick-off Party

Tuesday, October 22

Don't miss out on this party in the plaza! Enjoy food, games, make your own Christopher Newport decor and more! Homecoming is in full swing and we need you to celebrate with us.
Trible Plaza · noon-2 p.m.

Fight the Night

Wednesday, October 23

Is your team up for the challenge? The race for the Captains Cup will have teams from all over campus participating in events and obstacles during this evening showdown. Student organizations, residence halls, staff teams and more are able to compete to earn points toward the coveted Captains Cup! Are you ready?
Great Lawn · 7:30 p.m.

Bring Out the Blue in You

Thursday, October 24

Show us your spirit by wearing CNU blue today! CAB members will be riding around campus looking to give limited edition homecoming and CNU gear to any student wearing Christopher Newport apparel.
Throughout campus · 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, October 25

Schedule of events
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Ninth Annual Captains Choice Classic Golf Tournament

Join us for an exciting day of golf on the Peninsula at one of Virginia’s most picturesque courses, James River Country Club. In addition to helping fund scholarships through the Christopher Newport Alumni Society, you will also support Fear2Freedom, a nonprofit organization that empowers communities to prevent and eradicate sexual abuse.

Upon check-in, each golfer will receive a welcome packet and an opportunity to bid on great raffle prizes. An awards reception will follow the tournament.

Visit Captains Choice Classic for additional details and sponsorship opportunities.

Hosted by the Peninsula Alumni Chapter

James River Country Club
2:30-3:30 p.m. Alumni House Tours

Alumni, family and friends are invited to tour Alumni House, the first building on campus named after an alumnus, Gregory P. Klich '84.

Gregory P. Klich Alumni House
3:30-4:30 p.m. Campus Walking Tour

Enjoy a walk through our beautiful campus and learn about the world-class facilities, academic buildings and residence halls on a 45-minute student-led tour.

Admission Welcome Center
5-6:30 p.m. Alumni House Pass VIP Reception

Invitation only — exclusive to those who purchase an Alumni House Pass.

Gregory P. Klich Alumni House
5-7 p.m. Multicultural Student and Alumni Social

This will be a free-flowing event. Casual or business casual attire.

Freeman Center 201 and 202
6-9 p.m. Shoe Lane Lights: Craft Beer & Wine Festival featuring an Alumni Cabaret

The Office of Alumni Relations is excited to host Shoe Lane Lights: Craft Beer and Wine Festival, featuring an alumni cabaret performance. Each ticket includes food, beer and wine tastings, plus a souvenir cup!

Gregory P. Klich Alumni House
7 p.m. Glow in the DARCAPPELLA

Concert for all six campus a cappella groups: Expansion, Extreme Measures, the Newport Pearls, Take Note, Trebled Youth and University Sounds.

Diamonstein Concert Hall
7-9 p.m. Marching Captains Alumni Homecoming Kickoff Tradition Brewing Company
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. York College of Pennsylvania Freeman Center Field House
9 p.m. Men's Basketball Alumni Game Freeman Center Field House
10 p.m.-midnight Midnight Madness

The annual Midnight Madness event is the ride of a lifetime. Join various student organizations for a night of games, free food, giveaways and more. Let's kick off the homecoming game with a bang!

Freeman Center

Saturday, October 26

Schedule of events
9 a.m. Women's Lacrosse Game
Jennings Family Stadium
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tailgate Zone/Alumni Alley The Alumni Tailgate Lot (Lot I)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Little Captains Carnival

Parents, take a break from the Tailgate Zone and walk over to James River Field for a festival filled with cotton candy, popcorn, face-painting, games, blow-ups and even a rock wall for the little Captains in your life!

James River Field
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Blue Crew Fan Zone
Come to York lawn to play games, enjoy free food and refreshments, and have a front-row seat to the Golf Cart Parade. Enjoy this afternoon of fun before we all head over to cheer on the Captains football team!
York River Lawns
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Alumni House Tours

Alumni, family and friends are invited to tour Alumni House, the first building on campus named after an alumnus, Gregory P. Klich '84.

Gregory P. Klich Alumni House
1-1:30 p.m. Jennings Family Stadium Dedication

Join us as we celebrate the naming of our new turf field stadium.

Jennings Family Stadium (Turf Field)
1-3 p.m. ArtCNU Artists' Talk and Reception

Ferguson Hall Gallery

Inside The Lines
Portrait Photography by ArtCNU Alumna Savannah Tilghman '19

Falk Gallery

To Be Free: Women of the Afrofuture
Charcoal & collage portraits by ArtCNU Alumnus Kenlontae Turner '17

Ferguson Center Art Galleries
1 p.m. Volleyball vs. Washington & Lee University Freeman Center Field House
2 p.m. Golf Cart Parade

The golf cart parade has become a very popular Homecoming tradition, as many student clubs and organizations show off their Captains spirit by uniquely decorating our favorite mode of transportation: golf carts! The route will take carts from the Freeman Center past the David Student Union to James River Field. Find a spot along the route and cheer for your favorite club or organization.

Throughout campus
3 p.m. Football vs. The College of New Jersey

Bring your friends and family to TowneBank Stadium to cheer the Captains on to victory over the College of New Jersey.

TowneBank Stadium

Sunday, October 27

Schedule of events
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cross Country Track and Field Reception Gregory P. Klich Alumni House

Alumni House Pass

The Alumni House Pass gives you access to a host of special Homecoming weekend features and programs, including:

  • VIP welcome cocktail reception with President and Mrs. Trible
    • Friday, 5 - 6:30 p.m., in the Klich Alumni House
  • Reserved game-day parking in Lot M with in-and-out privileges (not a tailgating lot)

  • Two tickets to Shoe Lane Lights: Craft Beer & Wine Festival
    • Friday, 6 - 9 p.m. at the Klich Alumni House
  • Reserved parking in Lot M for Friday night’s Shoe Lane Lights: Craft Beer & Wine Festival

  • Two long-sleeve Homecoming 2019 shirts

  • An exclusive Christopher Newport alumni spirit bag at check-in

  • A $60 tax-deductible contribution to the Gregory P. Klich Alumni House

If you have any questions regarding the Alumni House Pass, please contact Katie Monteith at (757) 594-8989 or katie.monteith@cnu.edu.

Homecoming T-Shirts

Support the Christopher Newport Alumni Society and the Class of 2020 class gift by purchasing the official Homecoming 2019 shirt.

The purchase of each Homecoming shirt includes a $5 donation to the Alumni Society and Class of 2020 class gift. Shirts come in infant, toddler and youth short-sleeve ($12), men's and women's cut short-sleeve ($16), or adult long-sleeve ($20). Shipping is available for an additional $2.

Shirts must be ordered by October 7 in order to ensure delivery prior to Homecoming weekend. All shirts purchased after October 7 will be shipped after Homecoming weekend.

Shirt Pick Up

If you choose to pick-up your shirt in person, shirts will be available during these times:

Thursday, October 24

  • David Student Union breezeway: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Friday, October 25

  • David Student Union breezeway: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Klich Alumni House portico: 6 - 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 26

  • Alumni Alley (Lot I): 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

If you choose to ship your shirt, a shipping fee of $2 will be added to your shirt price. Shirts will be shipped following Homecoming weekend.

If you have any questions regarding Homecoming shirts, please contact Jacob Rose at (757) 594-7038 or jacob.rose@cnu.edu.


There is open parking on campus during Homecoming weekend with a few exceptions: Lot M is reserved for those who purchased the Alumni House Pass. Lots H, L, K and I will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, October 25, to begin setup for the Tailgate Zone. These lots will open for those with valid tailgate zone passes on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. After 3 p.m., these lots will be open parking.

Homecoming Tailgate Pass Pickup

Homecoming tailgate will-call will be located in front of York River Hall on Saturday, October 26, beginning at 10 a.m.

Alumni and friends who purchased a pass should enter campus from Avenue of the Arts and take the first exit out of the traffic circle toward the Trible Library and main campus. In front of the Trible Library, take a left through the gates. Drive straight until you get to the tailgate will-call on the left in front of York River Hall. Make sure you have a photo ID to pick up your pass. Once you have your pass, keep driving straight and follow directions into Lot I.

2019 Tailgating Policies and Procedures

2019 Tailgating Regulations

Tailgating Zone map

Click map to enlarge


Tailgate Will-Call

  • From Avenue of the Arts, take the first exit out of the traffic circle toward Trible Library
  • At Trible Library, take a left through the gates
  • Continue straight
  • Tailgate will-call will be on the left in front of York River Hall

Tailgate Zone Parking - Lot I

  • From Avenue of the Arts, take the first exit out of the traffic circle toward Trible Library
  • At Trible Library, take a left through the gates
  • Continue straight
  • Veer right and continue straight past parking lots L and K
  • Lot I will be on the left