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Homecoming 2012 Pits Lions vs. Dartmouth
Baker Athletics Complex will be the site of Homecoming 2012 on Saturday, October 20, featuring the pregame picnic lunch under the Big Tent, the Columbia Homecoming Carnival and the Lions taking on the Big Green. An extra highlight this year will be the dedication of The Campbell Sports Center (see box below).
The festivities start at 11 a.m. with a hearty barbecue buffet, open until 1:30 p.m. Picnic tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12 if purchased online by Thursday, October 18: college.columbia.edu/alumni/homecoming. Picnic tickets also are available on site: $22 for adults and $12 for children. Each ticket includes an all-you-can-eat lunch, soft drinks and admittance to the Columbia
Homecoming Carnival. Beer, wine and cocktails are available at an additional cost. There also will be limited cash-and-carry items. The Columbia Alumni Association will sponsor halftime refreshments under the Big Tent.
The Columbia Homecoming Carnival opens at 11 a.m. and stays open until 3 p.m. with face painting, balloon making, magic, games, prizes and interactive activities.
The Ivy League football matchup, the first Homecoming game for new Lions coach Pete Mangurian, kicks off at Robert K. Kraft Field at 1:30 p.m. To purchase football tickets, which are separate from picnic tickets, call 888-LIONS-11 or purchase online: gocolumbialions.com/tickets. Premium chairback seats are $25 and reserved bench seats are $15.
Columbia University Athletics will sponsor complimentary shuttle buses from the Morningside campus to and from Baker Athletics Complex beginning at 11 a.m. and returning immediately following the game. Campus pickup will be from the gates at West 116th Street and Broadway.
Campbell Sports Center Dedication 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
All Homecoming attendees are invited to the dedication of The Campbell Sports Center, the new cornerstone of the revitalized Baker Athletics Complex. The center will foster Columbia spirit and transform the student-athlete experience by creating an attractive year-round hub for student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators. The center honors, and is made possible by, one of Columbia's most accomplished athletics alumni: captain of the 1961 Ivy League Champion football team, former Lions head football coach, "Coach of Silicon Valley" and chair of the University trustees, William V. Campbell '62, '64 TC.
Fans also may use mass transit. The A and 1 subways as well as the M100, Bx20 and Bx7 buses stop near Baker. If traveling by Metro-North Railroad, the Marble Hill station is on the north shore of Spuyten Duyvil, just across the Broadway Bridge from the complex.
On-site preferred parking is available only to those making qualifying gifts to Columbia football. Single-game parking passes are not available. Fans without on-site preferred parking passes will be directed to public parking facilities.
For more information about game day, the picnic and parking, visit www.gocolumbialions.com/footballgameday.