Ball State plans 1st-ever spring homecoming due to COVID-19


MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State University is planning its first-ever spring homecoming, months after school officials postponed the campus’ traditional fall celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The university announced Tuesday that the school’s spring homecoming will start April 26 and end May 1 with the Cardinals’ annual spring football game. The week-long celebration will feature virtual gatherings, socially distanced campus activities and numerous other events, The Star Press reported.

A majority of the Muncie campus’ spring homecoming events will be held virtually, and some will be available for livestream on Ball State’s website or via the university’s social media platforms.

University officials said one of the campus’ most popular homecoming events — its annual “Bed Race” competition” — will be held on April 30 in a different format. Teams of four will race down University Track at the Briner Sports Complex in assigned timeslots to determine the winner.

“With all of our favorite Homecoming activities still happening this Spring, just in a different format, we are excited for our alumni to connect with their fellow Cardinals from wherever they may be,” Michelle Johnson, the Ball State University Foundation’s director of alumni engagement, said in a statement.

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