Homecoming Game 2020 Moved to Thursday, September 17, 2020
Homecoming is a fall tradition at high schools across the nation and a week-long celebration of school spirit. Next fall, Homecoming Week at Ames High will take place September 14-18 with the homecoming game kicking off on Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. versus Mason City. This is different than the traditional Friday night football game and there were a lot of variables that helped us arrive at this decision.
Next season, Ames High has four home games to choose from. Their first home game is during the first full week of school which is busy by itself. Their third and fourth home games are in October. The potential for colder weather and days getting darker impacts other activities throughout the week. Due to these reasons, our focus moved toward the second home football game in September.
Friday, September 18 falls on Rosh Hashanah, a major Jewish holiday. In order to honor that holiday, alternatives for the football game were explored. Iowa State University hosts a home football game on Saturday, September 19. In partnership with Jewish community leaders, Thursday, September 17, was the most appropriate choice for the football game.
With the extended school closure due to COVID-19, a homecoming committee has not yet been formed. Eventually, they will outline the remainder of the week’s activities and events.