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Aztecs Celebrate Homecoming

The annual celebration takes place the week of Oct. 3 and ends with the Aztecs taking on TCU Oct. 8.
By Tobin Vaughn

Homecoming 2011 is just one week away and plans are in place for a big week of events leading up to the Oct. 8 football matchup between the Aztecs and Texas Christian University's Horned Frogs.

The week of homecoming begins with a 75th anniversary rededication of Aztec Bowl at noon Monday, Oct. 3, in Lot L north of Viejas Arena. A recently recovered historic plaque will be reinstalled in its former location and the "Oxy Trophy" from the first game ever played in Aztec Bowl will be on display. 

The event is free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. Visitors should park in Parking Structure 4 pay lot.

War Memorial Ceremony

This year’s events will also include the annual War Memorial ceremony on Aztec Green, honoring fallen Aztecs who served during our nation's military conflicts. The War Memorial observance starts with an overnight vigil beginning the evening of Thursday, Oct. 6, and continuing through the 9:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7, remembrance ceremony.

Marshall Faulk comes home

Friday evening, the fourth annual Aztec for Life Homecoming Celebration, presented by the Marshall Faulk Foundation, takes place at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center and Fowler Athletics Center. The event kicks off with a 6 p.m. private, red carpet VIP reception.

Aztecs fight hunger

The entire week of homecoming will be included in a campuswide food drive set for October. The event is an annual competition between SDSU, the University of California San Diego, California State University San Marcos and University of San Diego. 

Last year, SDSU collected 18,841 pounds of food, compared to second-place UCSD’s 5,726 pounds. SDSU has won the competition every year since it began in 2008.

Prior to the homecoming football game, the Aztec Village in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot will feature food, music, children's activities and much more.

For more information about Homecoming 2011, visit the Homecoming website.

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