Whether it was the sound of thunder sticks, the Facebook pictures, the peeling face paint, or a headache the next day, there certainly were memories from Homecoming 2010. The game was just part of the story for many who celebrated the Cornell v. Yale football game that ended in a 7-21 loss last week.

The day started off for many students with getting decked out in Cornell Big Red spirit attire. The weather was gorgeous, and some students used this opportunity to wear their favorite summer gear for perhaps the last time.

A parade was led by the Cornell Spirit Team and the Pep Band to bring students to the game.  Student organizations participated in the event to promote their groups and missions on campus as well. The parade started on North Campus, and was led to Ho plaza where the Pep Band performed. Afterwards, the mass was led to Schoellkopf Field.

Sororities and fraternities, as well as alumni, local radio stations, and businesses had tailgating set up in the parking lot of the stadium. This was a time for mingling and enjoying the great food provided by the different organization. Free red zone t-shirts were given to a select number of Cornell students, which led to even more hype.

As part of Cornell tradition, the freshmen class was invited on the field to cheer on the players as they entered before the start of the game. The energy on the field was great, with chants including “Twenty Fourteen” and “Cornell, Cornell” that added to the intense rumbling of thunder sticks. “It was overwhelming to see so much red! It was really intense,” says Melanie Larkin.

The stadium filled up very quickly after the start of the game. The stands were a sea of red and white. Many student groups coordinated outfits just for this special event. What a sight to see! The fans were energetic through the 1st half of the game, while Cornell gave up a touchdown to Yale and quickly came back to tie the game. After half-time the fans usually remained seated as Cornell’s offensive was plagued by turnovers and they gave up another two touchdowns to Yale. The weather also turned in the second half, convincing some fans to head home and prepare for other weekend festivities.

Despite the loss, the game was an exciting chance to show off school spirit, reunite with recent graduates and celebrate being a Cornellian!