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Homecoming and Spirit Week Announced as part of 2013 Football Theme Days




July 2, 2013

Boston College Athletics, in partnership with The Division of Student Affairs and the Boston College Alumni Association, is pleased to announce the return of Homecoming to the Heights as part of BC Spirit Week, scheduled for the week of September 30-October 5. A number of special events are planned throughout the week and will culminate when the Eagles take on Army on October 5.

The Division of Student Affairs will focus on week-long programming to promote BC spirit on campus including a Homecoming dance for the student body. All Alumni are invited back for an alumni reception and pep rally planned for Friday, October 4. The following day during the game members of the 1988 Boston College and Army football teams will be recognized in honor of the 25th anniversary of their game in Dublin, Ireland's Lansdowne Road Stadium, the first American college football game played in Europe. BC will also recognize the 2013 Varsity Club Hall of Fame inductees during halftime of the game.

Boston College alumni will be receiving an email in the coming weeks outlining additional details as well as special offer on tickets and single-game parking options for those who purchase four or more tickets to the football game. Former student-athletes, marching and pep band and spirit squad alumni will also be invited to participate in the weekend's activities, which also include women's volleyball matches vs. ACC opponents NC State (Oct. 4) and North Carolina (Oct. 6).

In addition to Homecoming and Spirit Week, this year's theme day schedule includes Service Day on August 31 when BC will take on Villanova. Those who serve others including firefighters, police, educators and hospital and medical staff are invited to take part in a special day planned to thank them for serving our communities. In addition to Homecoming the game against Army on October 5 will also serve as Military Appreciation Day. For those fans that cannot make the Service or Military Day games but would like to support those who serve, you can visit www.bceagles.com and purchase a special $10 ticket to sponsor a Service Day participant or military personnel for them to attend the game.

Neighborhood Day is on Friday night, 9/6 against Wake Forest at 8 p.m. Local cities and towns around BC will be receiving a special offer for discounted tickets to attend the game. Parents' Weekend is September 28 against Florida State. This long-standing themed weekend will include the Pops on the Heights performance Friday night, September 27, and a full weekend of programming for BC parents. The Virginia Tech game on November 2 is Spirit Day and all high school and youth bands as well as spirit squads are invited to the Heights. Youth Day is scheduled for November 16 when the Eagles take on NC State. All youth groups including high school and youth football teams, boy scouts and girl scouts and all of the youth groups will be eligible for special group pricing.

As previously announced season, single-game, group, family and flex pack tickets as well as season and single game hospitality passes are on sale now. All ticket options are available online at www.bceagles.com, by calling 617-552-GoBC or by visiting the Conte Forum ticket office.

The BC Athletics Department held two sold-out "town hall" style meetings and surveyed more than 1,400 current and former season ticketholders to obtain feedback. Based on that input, Athletics Director Brad Bates said sweeping changes would be announced in the areas of gameday parking, pregame hospitality, game atmosphere and customer service, to be implemented this season. Additional announcements are forthcoming.

New procedures will be put in place with the goal of efficient entry to parking areas to maximize the tailgating experience. Shuttle bus service from the various free satellite parking areas will begin earlier. Some regulations affecting access between key areas on gameday will be altered. To enhance customer service, BC will place greater emphasis on training and communications for gameday employees who interact one-on-one with fans. The theme "You're No. 1" is intended as a message that every single fan is valued as an important part of the football program. In-game entertainment will be enhanced through several changes that will be announced in August when the team begins practice.

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