Catch the Light and the HEAT at UCR’s Homecoming

Basketball, softball, bonfire pep-rally and a full slate of Saturday events cap off annual celebration

The University of California, Riverside will welcome back its alumni and celebrate its history during Homecoming 2012, which kicks off with a trip to repaint the C on Saturday, Feb. 25 and concludes with the annual Heat Music Festival on Saturday, March 3. In between there will be plenty of chances to celebrate, revisit the classroom or root for UCR’s basketball and softball teams.

Fireworks at the 2011 Homecoming Bonfire

Fireworks light up the sky at the 2011 Homecoming Bonfire

Several student-oriented events, including a rally and a car smash, will take place during the day at the Bell Tower early in the week. A full slate of events is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, including tours, open houses, receptions and demonstrations. For the complete schedule of events, please visit or

The homecoming basketball game will feature the UCR men’s team hosting the UC Irvine Anteaters on Saturday, March 3 at 5 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. A pre-game tailgate party featuring food, music and games will be held on Aberdeen Drive beginning at 3 p.m.

Other athletics events scheduled for the weekend include the women’s basketball team hosting UC Irvine on Thursday, February 29 at 7 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center and the softball team hosting a weekend-long softball tournament at Amy S. Harrison Field.

The crowd at the pre-game tailgate prior to the 2011 Homecoming game.

Fans show their UCR spirit at the 2011 Homecoming Tailgate Party.

Bonfire 2012 is a four-hour party is scheduled for Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. adjacent to the Amy S. Harrison Softball Field. In addition to a bonfire that will torch the UC Irvine mascot in effigy, scheduled events include music from UCR’s student DJs, dancing, fireworks and games including laser tag, a vortex tunnel and a mechanical bull.

The annual Heat Music Festival will cap off the weekend with eight acts, headlined by the band The Airborne Toxic Event and up-and-coming hip-hop artist Mac Miller. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show runs from 8 p.m. to midnight. UCR students go for free. Tickets are $25.50 for UCR affiliates, $52 for the general public and $10 for active UCR Alumni Association members.

crowd shot from 2011 Homecoming game

The crowd cheers at during the 2011 men's basketball homecoming game.

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