HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 16, 2021) – Hampton University is excited to host its 2021 Homecoming Activities. While the university originally planned a full schedule of campus events, we have made some adjustments due to the recent rise in Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases nationwide. One of the chief responsibilities of Hampton University is to ensure the health and safety of our students and other members of the Hampton Family. Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to keep the campus community safe, informed, and healthy, we have updated information concerning all official homecoming events.
Hampton University is requiring everyone attending any official homecoming events, both on and off-campus, to wear a mask at all times, both indoors and outdoors. In an effort to keep everyone healthy and safe, as well as promote as much physical distancing as possible, the university will host a limited number of official events on campus and relocate other official events off-campus.
The annual Forty Under 40 Induction Ceremony will be held on October 8th at The Landing Hotel (formerly the Radisson) in Downtown Hampton. There will be a maximum of 350 guests with physical distancing protocols in place. Attendees at this event must submit their name, home address, phone number, and email address prior to entry in the event that contact tracing must occur. The President’s Donor Reception has been rescheduled to March 2022. The Homecoming Bazaar and the Downtown Hampton Homecoming Parade have been canceled.
The 2021 Homecoming game will take place in Armstrong Stadium on October 9th at 2 p.m. against Kennesaw State University. The Hampton University Department of Athletics will require fans to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter the Game Day Tailgate Zone in Lot 11 and on Booker T. Washington Lawn as well as the Homecoming Football Game. All attendees must show their COVID – 19 vaccination card, government-issued ID, and a game ticket to enter the game/tailgate zone. The only exception for unvaccinated fans will be for children under 12 years of age. Children under 12 years of age will be required to take a COVID-19 diagnostic test within 72-hours prior to the game/tailgate and provide proof of a negative result before entering the game zone. Attendance for the football game will be capped at 50% of the stadium capacity.
Hampton University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on our 2021 Homecoming activities. In the event that any revisions to the planned activities become necessary, information will be shared in a timely manner.