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Rise of the Aztecs

San Diego State University students are entrenched in a 116-year history of academic vitality, athletic supremacy and the unrelenting achievements of alumni.

This legacy has been cultivated by generations of Aztecs and the time has come to continue the saga. Students and alumni will unleash their inner Aztec and flaunt school spirit with pride during Homecoming Week — when red and black take over San Diego through the Rise of the Aztecs.


Image: Rise of the Aztecs SDSU Homecoming 2013 logo


photo: tim youngTim Young, president of the Alumni Association Executive Committee, said seeing students’ contributions to the growth and strength of SDSU traditions over time is one of his favorite parts about coming back to campus for Homecoming as an alumnus.

He added that Homecoming is about more than taking part in SDSU’s deep-seated traditions, however — it also gives students a chance to create their own.

“If you’re a college student, and you come to campus for class then go home, and you do that for four years, have you really enjoyed what the college experience is all about? My answer is no. Students who got involved — those are the people who tell you college was the best part of their lives, hands down,” Young said.

Photo: oilcanThe “Battle of the Oil Can” Homecoming football game is all about enjoying tradition, and Aztecs will get amped to compete against longtime rivals Fresno State with a week of spirit-resurrecting events beginning Sunday, Oct. 20.

Aztec pride festivities commence with a Homecoming Kick-off at 10 am on Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Alumni Center Sunset Lawn. Root for student teams as they compete in a jog-a-thon to raise money for Aztecs Rock Hunger, then satisfy your own appetite with free food and other giveaways. Save some energy for cheering on the women’s soccer team in an afternoon home game against Nevada at the SDSU Sports Deck.

Image: Rise of the Aztecs T ShirtGet your Rise of the Aztecs Homecoming t-shirt (available at the bookstore beginning Oct. 1), and mark your calendar to keep up with all the events being held throughout Homecoming week.



Monday, Oct. 21

  • Rise of the Aztecs Talent Show
    • 7 pm, Aztec Green
    • Find out which of your fellow Aztecs would wow a panel of celebrity judges! Enjoy free refreshments while watching a lineup of entertaining performances, including student-produced Homecoming commercials.



Tuesday, Oct. 22

  • Ultimate Aztec Competition
    • 5 pm, ENS 700 Field
    • Do you have what it takes to be the Ultimate Aztec? Watch student teams compete then put your inner Aztec to the test as you take a shot at the inflatable obstacle course and field day challenges.



Wednesday, Oct. 23: SDSU Gives Back!

  • Aztecs Rock Hunger “Can-Struction”
    • 2 - 5 pm, North Campanile Walkway
    • Watch as students channel their creativity into a worthy cause. The “can-struction” site at the Campanile Flagpole will feature donated food for Aztecs Rock Hunger. You can support the cause by donating food to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank using the red bins across campus.
  • Aztec Pride Chalking
    • 2 - 5 pm, Open Air Theatre Walkway
    • Sidewalk chalk just got so much cooler. Indulge in one of your favorite childhood pastimes and chalk up SDSU’s sidewalks with an Aztec pride-inspired doodle.
  • San Diego Blood Bank
    • 9 am - 5:30 pm, South Campanile Walkway
    • Aztecs bleed red and black — help save a life by donating blood to the Aztec Homecoming Blood Drive!



Thursday, Oct. 24

  • Spirit Scavenger Hunt
    • 8 am - noon, SDSU campus
    • If you see student teams darting across campus hunting down clues, follow log on to Instagram to find out what the excitement is all about! Here’s a hint: a one-of-a-kind spirit scavenger hunt is underway. Visit the Homecoming website for the scavenger hunt hashtag.



Friday, Oct. 25

  • War Memorial Ceremony
    • 9:30 am, War Memorial/Aztec Green
    • Pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during our nation’s military conflicts and honor the memories of our SDSU fallen Aztecs at the 17th Annual War Memorial wreath-laying ceremony.
  • Homecoming pep rally and team send-off
    • 5:15 pm, Viejas Arena Lawn
    • Get your fill of food and prizes while enjoying appearances from Grand Marshall Ralph Rubio, the SDSU pep band and hip-hop group K.O. Then cheer on the Aztec Football team as they depart from school in preparation for Saturday's Homecoming game.
  • SDSU Men’s Soccer Game
    • 7 pm, SDSU Sports Deck
    • Support the Aztecs as they take on Washington, a Pac-12 rival.



Saturday, Oct. 26

Photo: football playerGame day has arrived! The Homecoming football game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm and will air nationally on ESPN2. 

Start the day at a pre-game carnival at Qualcomm Stadium, complete with rides, entertainment and food. Then, make your way into the stadium to watch our Aztecs take on the Fresno State Bulldogs. Student teams who accumulated the most points from the week’s competitions will be announced during halftime. The Homecoming king and queen are also crowned at halftime.

Get game day updates and purchase tickets at the Aztec Athletics website.

Homecoming Breakfast

Saturday, Oct. 26
9 am
Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center


Student organizations, alumni and community members are invited to to dine in style before the big game at the Homecoming Breakfast to support the 2013 Homecoming Court.

Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for an 8-person table. Proceeds will benefit continued annual Homecoming Court traditions.