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FAQs

Where can I pick up or purchase tickets and get general information when I get to campus for Homecoming on Saturday?

If you purchased tickets or paid a registration fee for the 5K, Family Breakfast, Crab Feast, Comedy Show or CBLA RATT Reunion, you will not be required to pick up tickets in advance and instead will go to that event and check in at the location for tickets. General information about Homecoming will be available at (2) locations, the Hospitality Tent at the Carnival located at the Stadium Lot and the Commons Information Center (CIC) located on the 1st floor of The Commons.  The hospitality tent will be open between 11-5 p.m. and the CIC will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 11th. At the hospitality tent, you will receive general information including a flyer detailing the events on Saturday, campus maps, giveaways and more. At the CIC, we will distribute campus maps and a flyer detailing the events on Saturday.

For questions about Homecoming events before October 11, we encourage you to email us at homecoming@umbc.edu or contact Stanyell Bruce in Alumni Relations at  bruce@umbc.edu or 410-455-2632, Kelly Fahey in Athletics at kfahey1@umbc.edu or 410-455-3389 or Jen Dress in Student Affairs at dress@umbc.edu or 410-455-2868.

I registered for events taking place on Thursday and Friday. What information should I know?

If you registered to attend the Outstanding Alumni of the Year Awards, you will receive an email with all details regarding parking, location and more by Wednesday, October 8. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Bernadette Darby at 410-455-3703 or darbyb@umbc.edu.

If you registered to attend the Big Prize Poetry Slam, you do not need a ticket. You should proceed to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building atrium and check in at the event on location. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jess Bard ’08, ’12 at 410-455-1678 or jbard1@umbc.edu.

If you registered and purchased a ticket for the Athletics Bull and Oyster Roast, you will proceed to the Commons Terrace and check in on-site. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Kelly Fahey at kfahey1@umbc.edu or 410-455-3389.

What do I need to know about the Homecoming Carnival?

The carnival will be open between 11-5 p.m. on the Stadium Lot. Carnival rides and inflatables are FREE for ALL guests.  You may want to bring cash to play carnival booth games and cash/credit card to purchase food at the food trucks.  In addition, student organizations will be tabling at the event and will have lots of activities, freebies and games for guests to participate. The UMBC Alumni Association will host a Hospitality Tent where guests can attend to mix and mingle, enjoy light refreshments, get a Homecoming t-shirt and other freebees, and purchase beer/wine. A table will be set up outside of the hospitality tent, staffed by Homecoming volunteers to answer questions about the day and more.  Various alumni reunions and meet and greets will take place at the carnival; check the Homecoming calendar of events for a full listing as we get closer to the event.

For which events do I have to purchase tickets or register?

You must pay and register to attend the Athletics Bull and Oyster Roast (Friday, Oct 10), 5K Dawg Chase, Family Breakfast, Crab Feast, AKA Alumnae Reunion, CBLA RATT Reunion, and Comedy Night and the Men’s and Women’s soccer games (tickets only available on-site for the soccer games).

We strongly encourage you to pre-register for our other events (no-fee) such as the Alumni Awards, Big Prize Poetry Slam and Honors College Reception. Please register for both fee and non-fee based events by Wednesday October 9th at  homecoming.umbc.edu.

Can I still attend non-pay events if I didn’t register in advance?

Although pre-registration is encouraged for many non-pay events, it is not absolutely necessary and you can still attend these events. We ask for pre-registration in order to anticipate the number of event attendees and order catering accordingly. Please note that Homecoming staff cannot guarantee ticket availability or admittance to any of these events due to capacity limits.

How will I get the tickets I purchased online for Homecoming events on Saturday, October 11?

All guests will be able to check in on-site at the location of each event if you registered in advance. If you are a UMBC student, you can purchase your ticket for the Comedy Show in advance at the CIC.

Where do I park during Homecoming?

Parking will be available on Wednesday and Thursday at the metered Walker Avenue, Commons or Administration Garages until 9 p.m. (meters accept quarters only and include time limits); after that time, free parking is available at any of the campus lots or on the loop. On Friday, parking is available at the metered Walker, Commons or Administration Garages until  3:30 p.m. (meters accept quarters only and include time limits); after that time, free parking is available at any campus lot or on the loop. On Saturday and Sunday, FREE parking is available at any lot, around the loop and at the meters. View the campus map.

What’s the weather policy for Homecoming?

Homecoming will happen rain or shine. There will be no refunds. An email will go out with detailed information in the case of rain if we have to move event locations.

Do students need to pay for athletics events?

UMBC Students do not need to pay for athletic events, but they will need to show their student IDs to enter.

What do I need to bring to be able to enter Flat Tuesdays Pub in The Commons, or to purchase an alcoholic beverage at various Homecoming events?

Attendees must be a current or former faculty, staff, alumnus/a, or students of UMBC and must present their RED CARD & VALID Government ID upon entry to Flat Tuesday’s (alumni will only need a government issued ID). All guests must be 21 years or older, bring a valid, government-issued photo ID and must be accompanied by a red card Holder (alumni exception noted). Campus card or cash are the only accepted methods of payment.

Other Questions…

In the meantime, for immediate questions, contact the Homecoming co-chairs at homecoming@umbc.edu.

To view the campus map, click here.