Stars of space and sport align for fantastic Friday at BU Homecoming

October 12, 2018

A man slam dunks a basketball in a vintage Brandon Bobcats photo.
Past and present BU basketball stars will have the Healthy Living Centre buzzing as the basketball reunion coincides with the Homecoming Kickoff.

BRANDON – The stars will be out tonight for the second day of Homecoming 2018 at Brandon University.

As part of its BU50 community celebration, marking 50 years as a university, BU will welcome Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium to speak to a pair of full houses. This afternoon, Col. Hadfield will speak with western Manitoba students about where an education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) can lead them. This evening, he will share “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” with a sold-out audience for Homecoming’s keynote address.

Past and present BU and Brandon College sports stars will add to the highlight reel, with events on the court and off. Following a screening of the Powerhouse on the Prairies basketball documentary at the Evans Theatre at 3:30 p.m., former members of the Bobcats and Caps hoops teams will gather to share stories of their past glories at the Basketball Reunion at the Healthy Living Centre (HLC).

On the court, Bobcat basketball and volleyball teams will provide the entertainment. The BU men’s basketball team will take on the Winnipeg Wesmen at 6 p.m. The Bobcat women’s volleyball squad will follow that by facing the Manitoba Bisons at 8 p.m. The Bobcat games will also provide the backdrop for the Homecoming Kick-Off, presented by Sunrise Credit Union, which runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the HLC.

Wrapping up the stellar night will be a second consecutive public astronomical viewing at the BU Observatory. To fuel the festivities, Food trucks will arrive on campus, from noon to 7 p.m. today, and return noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Saturday is Family Fun Day, with a free screening of The Lego Movie at 10 a.m. at the Evans Theatre, followed by an afternoon of activities across the campus, and concluding with Fifty Fest, presented by Clarion, following in the evening. A free concert, Fifty Fest will be headlined by Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe, with special guest Begonia.

Saturday will also include Bobcat games, the New Beginnings Research Conference, the Campus Chrome Car Show, PrairieCon Games Day, an alumni and faculty book fair and the annual Dinner and Awards.

While most of Homecoming is open to the public, tickets are required or recommended for some events. Please visit BrandonU.ca/Homecoming for details, including the full schedule.