For more than just current and past Bengals, homecoming is a time to incorporate all Bengals into our traditions. On Saturday September 30, 2017, future Bengals were invited to attend Spirit Saturday.
The day started out with a registration where prospective students received a t-shirt and ticket to the football game that afternoon. Following check in, they were invited to a lunch, followed by the tailgate.
The students were given opportunities to tour campus, cheer on the team during the Bengal Walk and even take pictures with Bristol and Pokie, ISU’s tee fetching dogs.
These students were also given little flashlights which were attached to their fingers and asked to join the spirit tunnel on the field for the team to run through. The tunnel extended all the way to the 50-yard line.
The prospective students, marching band, cheerleaders, and Bengal Dancers were all given finger lights. There were also people in the stands with finger lights waiting to welcome the team on the field.
As the team neared the field the lights in the arena were dimmed as hundreds of finger lights and cell phone flashlights lighting the arena. Due to the recent lighting updates at Holt Arena many more effects with the lighting can be done.
The team ran onto the field welcomed by smoke finger lights and hundreds of screaming fans.