The homecoming tradition represents the return to a place of memories and a rekindling of relationships. In honor of such a communal yearly event, Gardner-Webb fosters the homecoming spirit with numerous events including tailgating and the recognition of distinguished alumni.

2017 Schedule of Events

Friday, October 6, 2017

  • Half-Century Club Luncheon | 11:30 a.m. | Tucker Student Center | $15/person
    The Gardner-Webb Alumni Association will be inducting the Class of 1967 into the Half-Century Club. Alumni who graduated in 1967 or before are welcomed to attend as we induct our newest members. RSVP by Sept. 29 to Alumni Relations by calling 704-406-2251

  • Athletics Hall of Fame Reception and Banquet | 6:30 p.m. | Tucker Student Center | $21/person
    The Gardner-Webb University Athletics Department will induct the Class of 2017 into the Athletics Hall of Fame during Friday evening’s Hall of Fame Banquet. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner following at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to attend this year’s banquet, please RSVP by September 29 by calling 704-406-4340.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

  • Gallery of Distinguished Alumni Brunch and Induction Ceremony | 10:00 a.m. | Tucker Student Center | By Invitation Only
    Alumni Relations will induct our newest members for the Gallery of Distinguished Alumni. Selection is based on their accomplishments in one or more of the following areas: Career Distinction, Service to Society, Involvement and Support for Gardner-Webb’s advancement, and Integrity and Character.

  • Bulldog BBQ Bash for Alumni & Friends | 11:30 a.m. | Free
    We’ll be serving up BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs, southern sides, and desserts for you and yours this Homecoming. This is our gift to you! Join us on the soccer field across from the visitor’s side of Spangler Stadium for lunch. There’s no cost for you to attend, but you must RSVP by Sept. 29. If you have questions, please call 704-406-2474 or email alumni@gardner-webb.edu.

    We hope you’ll be a part of the festivities as we gear up for the big game. Our Runnin’ Bulldogs will take on Shorter University in Spangler Stadium. Game day kick off is at 1:30 p.m.

  • Tailgating
    Bring your pop-up tents, lawn chairs and your School Pride! Tailgate areas are available across from the Hamrick Field house, the Observatory, and the practice field beside the LYCC parking lot. Tailgates may be set up beginning with the Sunrise. No reservations are needed!

  • Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs vs. Shorter University | 1:30 p.m. | Spangler Stadium | Adult Tickets: $15/person; Student Tickets (Kindergarten through College with College ID): $8/person; Current GWU Students with ID: FREE
    To purchase tickets in advance, please call 704-406-4340. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate the day of the game. Gates open at 12 p.m. The 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced prior to the game.