As Pacific University turns 170-years-old, the institution which gives students numerous opportunities on and off the field will be celebrated.  

Each year, Pacific holds an event known as the Boxer Nation celebration during homecoming weekend. The fun will kick off at 10 a.m. on Oct. 19 and run until halftime of the highly anticipated football game against Lewis & Clark College. Before the football team takes the field, people from the surrounding community will fill the streets outside Hanson Stadium to rally spirits and hopefully remain warm in cold temperatures.  

The event is a chance for current Pacific students and alumni to come together and enjoy the festivities presented. Hosted by the Boxer Alumni Office, they hope to put out an event that will attract people of all ages and join them in the common goal of cheering on the Boxers. 

For kids, there will be multiple games, a photo booth, as well as a prize wheel available to little ones through halftime of the football game. These entertaining booths are put on by members of the university. The Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) will host their kid zone events as they do every home game, as different sports teams host a variety of booths created for the younger crowd. The objective is to create new bonds and strengthen those already in existence between Pacific University students and the greater Forest Grove community. 

Food carts will surround parking lots near Hanson Stadium, which flood with tailgate participants and those hoping to snag a perfect parking and partying spot. As big of an event as this is the spots are first-come, first-serve and will fill up quickly, according to the Alumni Office.

Come for the event, but stay for the football as the Boxers take on conference rival Lewis & Clark at 1 p.m. The team will look for energy from the home crowd to seal a homecoming victory.

Although this event is free, the Alumni Office asks participants to register online for their own planning purposes. 

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