Downtown Ogden turned purple for a few hours Monday evening during Weber State’s annual homecoming pep rally at the Ogden Amphitheater.
The rally began with the Wildcat Walk from Union Station to the amphitheater. Dozens of purple flags lined the streets around the amphitheater as the football team, cheerleaders and other students walked down Historic 25th Street.
WSU cheerleaders and Wildcat Dancers performed stunts and led the crowd in chants and cheers while the Weber State Wildcat Band played. Wildcats of all ages gathered to cheer on Weber State and get pumped up for the homecoming football game on Saturday.
The cheers coming from the amphitheater could be heard blocks away.
“Homecoming is a time when the university reconnects with alumni,” WSU President Charles Wight said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun welcoming them back home, and what a home this is. How about Ogden? Weather, mountains, sunshine, clean air — what a great place to be. So this homecoming let’s paint the town purple.”
Student Body President Joe Favero also addressed the crowd of supporters.
“Weber State and Ogden City are doing greater than ever,” Favero said. “It’s clear to see as you look around that we have support. It’s so exciting to have so many fun events planned this week for homecoming. It’s going to be such a successful week and you’ll be able to have a great time.”
In addition to the football game on Saturday, homecoming week is packed with events and activities for students to enjoy, including an X96 live radio show on Wednesday, the Train concert on Thursday at the Dee Events Center and the “Great Gatsby”-themed homecoming dance on Friday.
Football, soccer, softball, men’s basketball and many other teams and organizations were represented at the pep rally. They all cheered loudly as WSU Football head coach Jay Hill took the microphone.
“We appreciate all the fan support,” Hill said. “We’re fixing to do some good stuff this week. There’s a lot to be positive about. I promise you good results. This team is about to break loose.”
There are many activities to enjoy during homecoming week, but the football game seemed to be the crowd favorite.
“I love going to any football game,” WSU student Kelli Demny said. “But the homecoming game and the week leading up to it is definitely my favorite. There’s just such an awesome feeling of school spirit and support all over the campus and a feeling of unity among the students.”