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Bronco Marching Band at CommUniverCity Night
Bronco Marching Band at CommUniverCity Night. Photo courtesy Western Michigan University

CommUniverCity Night

A Western 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
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 fireworks display.

Project documentation includes a one-page essay and photographs on a zip disk.

Originally submitted by: Fred Upton, Representative (6th District).



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