115 things to see and do at #BaylorHomecoming
In 2011, Baylor Magazine compiled a helpful list of “90 things to see and do during Baylor Homecoming.” It’s a great list, but a lot has changed around both Baylor and Waco in the last four years — enough that we had no problem coming up with 25 more things to see and do during #BaylorHomecoming 2015 (rain or shine):
Places to Visit:
- McLane Stadium. The jewel on the Brazos, and the home of your undefeated Baylor Bears.
- The new, lighted I-35 bridges. This glorious duo makes for a fantastic view of the stadium, especially at night when they light up – green and gold on gamedays, and with a special lighting sequence just for Homecoming!
- The Sheila and Walter Umphrey Bridge. Trust us on this one – it’s what literally connects football to campus, spanning the Brazos River.
- The Brazos River. Why? Sailgating — it’s tailgating taken to a whole other level.
- Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium. Yet another Baylor gem made possible by generous alumni, this less-than-one-year-old track is next door to McLane Stadium.
- Elliston Chapel. Dedicated this past summer, Baylor’s newest sacred space allows students, faculty and staff (and alumni) to get away from the hustle and bustle of life.
- Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. The new home of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business features beautiful design, state-of-the-art technology, and some really cool “floating” meeting rooms.
- Rosenbalm Fountain. You didn’t think we’d forget the new fountain on Fifth Street, did you?
Places to Eat:
- New and updated dining halls. Much has changed in Baylor’s on-campus dining options over the past four years. Even recent alumni won’t recognize Penland Crossroads, 1845 at Memorial, and East Village Dining Commons. (Not all campus dining options will be available all weekend; be sure to plan accordingly.)
- Other campus eateries. Just to name a few, there’s Starbucks (two locations), Panda Express, Freshii, Red Mango and Au Bon Pain. Remember, not all will be open during the entire weekend.
- Waco restaurants. Tons of new restaurants have opened within walking distance of campus in recent years — Twisted Root, Chick-fil-A, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Torchy’s Tacos, Fuego, even In-N-Out (opening soon). Even food trucks have popped up around town, especially at the corner of University Parks and Franklin downtown.
- Magnolia Market. The downtown silos are the new home of Magnolia Market, a prime destination for fans of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and its stars, Baylor alumni Chip and Joanna Gaines).
- Waco Mammoth National Monument. We’re very proud of Baylor’s involvement in making the decades-old dream of the Waco Mammoth Site attaining national monument status come true! Stop by Friday or Saturday (since it’s closed on Sundays).
If all that’s still not enough, check out Chisholm Crossing for complete coverage of things to do in Waco.
Sic ’em, Baylor Homecomers!