Bronco Marching Band at CommUniverCity Night. Photo courtesy Western Michigan University
Michigan University event signaling the beginning of a new academic
year, CommUniverCity Night marks the first home game of the Bronco
football season. One of many joint University/community efforts,
this rousing celebration features fun, food, football, and
fireworks and has become one of southwest Michigan's largest
family-oriented events. In fact, it has drawn a record Mid-American
Conference single-game crowd for the last two years.
With the help of the Kalamazoo County Chamber of
Commerce, CommUniverCity Night was launched in 1993. It begins on
Saturday afternoon with private tailgating tents blossoming into a
gigantic "Corporate Village" next to WMU's Waldo Stadium. A variety
of University offices join scores of corporate sponsors to provide
hours of pregame food, entertainment and camaraderie for the more
than 12,000 people who attend. Visitors have a chance to inspect
WMU's high tech solar car or join tent parties for area high school
and community college students.
Bronco football at CommUniverCity Night Photo courtesy Western Michigan University
In the evening, a
capacity crowd of 35,000 streams into Waldo Stadium to witness the
Mid-American Conference football game, with its notable pregame,
halftime and postgame band shows, followed by a spectacular
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