Merrimack Welcomes Record Crowd at 2021 Homecoming Weekend

Warrior pride filled campus as Merrimack hosted its largest crowd - more than 12,100 students, alumni, friends and family - at this year's Homecoming Weekend.

After a nearly two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Homecoming Weekend returned to Merrimack from Friday, Oct. 1, to Sunday, Oct. 3. The event brought campus to life with a record number of attendees participating in athletic and social events throughout the weekend.

The weekend kicked off with Macktoberfest – Merrimack’s play on Oktoberfest – on Friday night, complete with food trucks, fellowship and fireworks. Over 2,500 parents, students, alumni, family and friends gathered on a perfect fall evening to reminisce and enjoy everything there is to love about being a Warrior.

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A sea of attendees dressed in their best Merrimack blue and gold gathered Saturday morning for tailgating, grilling and rekindling old friendships. Fans filled Duane Stadium to see the football team take on Duquesne and headed to Lawler Rink to watch the women’s ice hockey team take on the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers. The Merrimack College Marching Band debuted at Homecoming with their own version of “Sweet Caroline.” Fans also enjoyed performances by the dance team and cheerleaders.

“After the last 18 months of social distancing and remote learning, seeing the campus come to life in this way and seeing our community together again means even more than it did before we faced the challenges of the pandemic,” said President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D. “Homecoming is an opportunity for all of us to connect and reconnect with friends, family and alumni and gather as one, as we celebrate what it means to be a Merrimack Warrior.”

The weekend also included a host of athletic events including field hockey, soccer and tennis. For complete results, visit the Merrimack Athletics website.

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