Homecoming Block Party

homecoming block party, november 1, 2014

Public invited join the Homecoming celebration

The “Sun Devil Homecoming: Written in the Sparks” parade and block party on Nov. 1 will feature more than 100 booths and 70 floats from departments, schools and colleges from across ASU.

The parade will roll down University Drive at 4 p.m. with ASU alumnus and former NFL offensive guard Randall McDaniel serving as its grand marshal. McDaniel is a 12-time Pro Bowler, and a Pro Football and College football Hall of Famer. It will precede the block party that will feature a variety of family-friendly activities.

Among other activities, visitors can stop by the party to learn composting with the help of live worms, have fun with educational science experiments, hold a brain and win a frizzy brain temporary tattoo, get their face painted, step back in time to view costumes from medieval and renaissance times, check out live reptiles, and get autographs from members of the Ring of Honor Society. Delicious food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

The fun will continue into the afternoon/evening as Sun Devils take on the University of Utah Utes at 8 p.m., at Sun Devil Stadium. Tickets are still available for purchase online and by calling the Sun Devil Ticket Office at 480-727-0000.

The Homecoming Block Party begins at 4 p.m. (at the start of the parade).  Information about parking and transportation can be found here.


family fun and devilish entertainment

Gammageland (Zone M)
ASU Gammage’s tent is sure to SPARK YOUR IMAGINATION as the Frank Lloyd Wright performing arts center celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Featuring fun family activities, Rita’s Italian Ice and a chance to take a picture on the ASU Gammage stage. Also, take a chance at the prize wheel for some really amazing prizes!

The Biodesign Institute:  Sparking Solutions (Zone K)
ASU Biodesign Institute’s science sparks solutions to improve health, protect lives and sustain our planet. Roll up your sleeves for a new hands-on activity and take it home. See firsthand how tobacco plants were used to make the experimental Ebola drug or breathe into the world’s first portable metabolism-tracking device.

Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) (Zone K)
Stop by the OKED tent to help us celebrate 20 years as a Research University, and learn how the “knowledge enterprise” is a new model for a 21st century research university. Watch out! A lizard has escaped from Reptile Row! Meet his caretakers and learn about the important role in advancing ASU research. Visit with the Decision Theater to explore decision-making through advanced visualization and simulation technology. The Flexible Electronics and Display Center will demonstrate how they develop full-color video-rate, flexible electronic displays and systems.

Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainability (Zone K)
We are finding practical solutions to environmental, economic and social challenges in an urbanizing world. Eco­Explorers will offer interactive urban ecology activities. Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative will help you build your own binocular craft. Have fun with LightWorks’ solar activities.  Stop in for a photo. Have your face painted, enjoy snacks and spin the wheel to win fun prizes and giveaways! 

Office of the Vice President for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (EI) (Zone K)
EI serves as the hub for entrepreneurial activity at ASU. Stop by and learn more about how EI helps entrepreneurs launch their for-profit, nonprofit and more-than-profit ventures through programs such as Innovation Challenge and the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative and assists in strengthening Arizona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through community-wide initiatives. Visit with our partners from TechShop and explore the ASU Idea Box to learn more about entrepreneurship opportunities.

Legends Tent (Zone A)
The ASU Alumni Association will offer fun for all ages at the block party. Families can play together at a craft station hosted by Sun Devil Generations, the association’s group for ASU alumni and their children ages birth to 13 years old. There will be promotions, games and contests related to the ASU collegiate “Sparky” license plate program at the event, as well as a special “plate-selfie” photo opportunity. Homecoming fans also will have the chance to meet members of the ASU Ring of Honor Society, including this year’s inductees Eric Allen and Darren Woodson. For a complete listing of the ASU Alumni Association’s Homecoming 2014 events, visit alumni.asu.edu/homecoming.

The Homecoming Block Party begins at 4 p.m. (at the start of the parade).  Information about parking and transportation can be found here.