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Old Dominion University's homecoming festivities begin today with a pep rally at 12:30 p.m. in the South Mall of Webb University Center. A powder puff football game and "spirit fire" also will be held today.

The student-sponsored Homecoming 2001, "Welcome to the Monarchs' Jungle," will be held from Jan. 25-28 and also will include a parade, semiformal ball, college open houses and "tailgate" parties for alumni.

The parade, which gets under way at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, will feature floats, marching bands, the Old Dominion basketball teams, members of the homecoming court and more. Several community members and organizations also have entered units or floats.

The parade will start on Elkhorn Avenue, travel north on Bluestone, east on Bolling, and then go south on Hampton Boulevard from Bolling to 43rd Street. The southbound lanes of Hampton Boulevard will be closed temporarily for the parade; the northbound lanes will be converted for two-way traffic during this time.

The complete schedule is as follows:

Thursday, January 25

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Pep Rally - South Mall, Webb University Center

4 p.m.
Powder Puff Football - Powhatan Field (Powhatan Avenue and 43rd Street)

6 p.m.
Spirit Fire - Whitehurst Beach (end of 48th Street near the Elizabeth River)

Friday, January 26

9 p.m.
Monarch Ball - Practice Gymnasium, Athletic Administration Building

Saturday, January 27

10 a.m.-noon College Open Houses
College of Business and Public Administration - Virginia Rice Webb Room, Webb
Darden College of Education - Parenting Center, Lions Child Study Center
College of Engineering and Technology - Cohen Atrium, Kaufman Engineering Hall
College of Sciences - Oceanography and Physics Building

Noon-1 p.m. College Open House
College of Arts & Letters, featuring a vocal jazz performance - Lobby, Webb Center

Noon-3 p.m. College Open House
College of Health Sciences - Suffolk Room and Faculty Dining Room, Webb Center

1 p.m.
Admissions and Alumni Welcome Stands - Kaufman Mall at Hampton Boulevard

3 p.m.
Homecoming Parade, featuring floats, marching bands, Old Dominion athletic teams, homecoming court and community entries - Hampton Boulevard from Bolling Avenue to 43rd Street (The southbound lanes of Hampton will be closed for the parade; northbound lanes will be converted for two-way traffic during this time.)

5:30 p.m.
Pregame Tailgate Party - Room 4, Scope Arena, downtown Norfolk
(Tickets $15/adult, $10 new alumni (1994-2000) & children ages 8 and under - includes game and reception)

7:35 p.m.
Monarchs vs. University of Richmond Spiders - Scope Arena

Sunday, January 28

1:30 p.m.
Pregame Tailgate Party - North Mall, Webb Center
(Tickets $25/person - includes game and reception)

3:15 p.m.
Homecoming Closing Ceremony - Old Dominion Field House

3:30 p.m.
Lady Monarchs vs. University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers - Field House

For more information about any homecoming activity call 683-5454 or visit the Web site www.odu.edu/alumni.

This article was posted on: January 25, 2001

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