The most wonderful time of year is quickly approaching for past and present Bobcats: Ohio University’s homecoming! This week-long celebration brings alumni from far and wide together in Athens to honor the place they once called hOUme. Whether this year marks your first homecoming as an alum, or you’ve been revisiting Athens for so many years that you’ve lost count, these 8 places are must-sees when returning to our beloved town.
Court Street – This strip of bricks is sure to make you feel at home. Start by watching the morning parade, and make sure to check out the new mural on the side of Lucky’s Sports Tavern, created by Chris Stain and painted by the talented Bobcats of OU’s Fine Arts Department. Take a lap down and back on the most adored street in our little town to bring back countless memories of your college days.
College Green – Stop and eat lunch in OU’s treasured centerpiece. If this is your first time back to Athens in a few years, you’ll notice College Green underwent recent renovations that add even more charm to the heart of campus. Relax on the Mem Aud steps, take a picture by the College Gates or smooch in the Kissing Circle. Whatever you do, don’t forget to stop and say hi to this old friend.
Burrito Buggy – It’s safe to say that Athens is home to some of the best food carts. At the top of the list? Burrito Buggy, of course. An Athens classic, the Burrito Buggy has been feeding hungry Bobcats at the corner of Court and Union for years. Whether for lunch, dinner or a late night snack, don’t leave Athens without getting your Burrito Buggy fix!
Your first hOUme – Whether you hail from the South, East or West, venture back to the green where you once resided and reminisce on your first days as a Bobcat. Register for a dorm tour with the Alumni Association, and try not to get too jealous at the updated dining halls current students enjoy!
Jackie O’s – Swing by Jackie O’s and grab a true taste of Athens while you’re in town. This staple is sure to bring back fond memories of good times with old friends. The food is amazing, the beer tastes even better when back in Athens, and, to top it all off – a Jackie O’s Pickle Shot!
OU Merch – Whichever store you visit, you know you can enter with a sigh of relief – you aren’t there to buy books! Pick up an “OU Alum” tee for the game. After all, there’s no such thing as too much Bobcat apparel.
Donkey Coffee – Enter this quirky shop, and you immediately are transported back to your days as a student, drinking coffee while studying for exams. Find that favorite nook, and enjoy your beverage of choice. You already know you can’t go wrong at Donkey!
Peden Stadium – You can’t take a trip to Athens and miss out on the Most Exciting Band in the Land. Head over to Peden Stadium to cheer on the Bobcats against long-time rival Miami (Oxford), and jam out with the Marching 110. Snap a picture with Rufus to prove you had the best homecoming weekend possible!
Tell us what others you have planned for your homecoming trip! Tag #AthensOhio to share your favorite photos and memories. See you in Athens soon!