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Golden Bear Weekend

Homecoming + Family and Friends = Golden Bear Weekend October 19 – 21

What do you get when you combine the University’s two biggest groups of fans into one great gathering? Golden Bear Weekend. This year we’re uniting Homecoming with Family & Friends Weekend for one epic University event.

Come connect with friends old and new as you cheer on your favorite Golden Bear teams. From reunions to children’s activities, Golden Bear Weekend will have something for everyone.

Take a tour and see how much our amazing campus has grown in just the past year! Check out the brand new Dining Commons or grab a bite from the delicious food trucks. Bring the kids to the inflatables in the FUN ZONE, relive fond memories, and participate in CAB giveaways. Be sure not to miss our fearless drivers in this year’s RHA Bed Race!

Please Remember! Pre-registration is key to a successful Golden Bear Weekend. Planning is based on the number of persons who register.




Parking is access via the Welcome Center and Blake Law Center enterances.  Look for signs and Western New England University Public Safety staff to direct you to a variety of parking options. Shuttle service will be provided from outlying parking areas.

Special Needs

Western New England University is committed to ensure that all its programs and services are accessible to all.  If you require a sepcial accommodation, are a wheelchair user attending our campus for the first time, or have specific questions about the physical features of our campus and venues, please contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership Development (413-782-1203, studentactivities@wne.edu) or  Office of Alumni Relations (413-796-2240, alumwne@wne.edu)  by October 12  to discuss your accessibility needs.


Western New England University provides welcoming and exceptional athletic facilities and fields for the use of our students, alumni, staff, and guests. However, please be advised that with the exception of guide and assist dogs, no pets shall be brought onto or permitted on any athletic field or playing surface. Due to liability issues, pet care is the responsibility of the owner.

Guidelines for Tailgating on Designated University Property

  • Tailgating activities in the parking lot located directly behind the Alumni Healthful Living Center (AHLC) but only with the parking spots located on the back and right side of the lot on the grass (i.e. the side closet to the stadium).  First come, first serve spaces and when the lot is full it will be closed.
  • Tailgating may begin no earlier than three hours prior to the start of the start of the game. Tailgating must be discontinued fifteen minutes prior to the start of the game and throughout the game. Tailgating may continue until two hours after the end of the game.
  • Glass containers are prohibited. The use of plastic containers is encouraged for the consumption of all beverages.
  • Propane and charcoal grills are allowed when used solely for food preparation purposes. Burned coals and/or residue from cooking are not permitted to make contact with the paved surface of the parking lot or grassy areas.
  • Open flame fires, including fire pits, are prohibited.
  • All groups and individuals participating in tailgating are responsible for the proper collection and disposal of their trash, as well as, other debris such as charcoal.
  • Please note that Western New England University complies with the Federal legislation that has been enacted to promote health and curbs substance abuse on college campuses. In order to do so, we ask all guests to comply with the institutions’ Alcohol Policy and Host Liability.  This policy is consistent with local, state, and federal laws and failure to comply by any individual may jeopardize federal funding to the institution.
  • Thus, we must insist that any alcohol consumed by Western New England University community members and off campus guests on University grounds be least 21 years of age and will be carded, if needed.
  • Campus Police may be asked to assist in enforcement.
  • Western New England University supports social interaction based on sound decision-making and, if that social interaction includes the use of alcohol, expects the use to be made in a responsible and moderate manner and in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • It is our hope that we can provide a safe and enjoyable family atmosphere to celebrate the Golden Bears before a good athletic competition.