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Monarch Family Weekend

Football fans show their Monarch spirit

Mark your calendars. Monarch Family Weekend is September 26 - 27, 2014.

Monarch Family Weekend is an opportunity for you to join your student on campus for a weekend of quality family time and lots of fun. Reconnect with your student, explore their home away from home, and make some Monarch memories. Throughout the weekend, you can chat with President Broderick over lunch, or check out some of the hidden gems on campus, like the Pretlow Planetarium. You can even cheer on the Monarchs at an ODU football game.

There is something for every family to enjoy at Monarch Family Weekend.



What is the cost to attend Monarch Family Weekend?

Registration for Monarch Family Weekend is $30 per person. Football tickets are available for an additional $15 per person (for a total of $45 per person). Both registration and football tickets are free for current ODU students, but they still need to register.


What does my registration include?

Registration for Monarch Family Weekend includes admission to all of the weekend's events except for the football game. This includes the Dinner and Tailgate on Friday night, the President's Lunch on Saturday, and all the other great events listed on the schedule below. (Again, registration for Family Weekend does not include football tickets, though tickets can be added for an additional fee.)


How do I purchase football tickets?

Football tickets may only be purchased by family members who are registered for Monarch Family Weekend. Each family member who wants to attend the football game must be registered in the Monarch Family Weekend reservation system, and football tickets must be purchased for the total number of family members who want to attend the game. Students who want to attend the game with their families should also register, but they should select that they are ODU students and need student football tickets. Student tickets are free and will not appear in your cart at checkout.

You may only purchase one (1) ticket per family member registered for Monarch Family Weekend, and there is a maximum of five (5) football tickets per family, including ODU student tickets.


What if I only want to attend the football game, not the rest of Monarch Family Weekend?

The best way for parents/family members to get football tickets is to register for Monarch Family Weekend and purchase tickets for each registrant who wants to attend the game. However, if you do not want to register for Monarch Family Weekend, you can purchase football tickets if and when they go on sale to the general public. Please be aware that there is no guarantee that public tickets will become available; once ODU students have registered for tickets and visiting team tickets have been sold, if there are any remaining tickets, they will be released for sale to the general public. For the game during Monarch Family Weekend, if there are any public tickets available, they will go on sale here on Monday, September 22 at 8 a.m.

Students who are only interested in getting a football ticket and not in attending Family Weekend should follow the regular student ticket process.


Is there a deadline for registering?

You may register for Monarch Family Weekend until Monday, September 22 at 5 p.m.

Football tickets will only be sold until September 10 or until the tickets are sold out, whichever comes first.


Where can I park?

Parking information is coming soon.


2014 Family Weekend Schedule

The schedule below is tentative and is subject to change.

* Please note that this year's football game will be on Friday evening.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Open Recreation Play or workout in the Student Recreation Center! Just show your Family Weekend wristband when you enter.
11:00 a.m. Honors College Reception Honors College reception to meet the Honors College staff with punch and cookies. Location TBD
5:30 p.m. Dinner & Tailgate Enjoy dinner before the game with fellow ODU students and families! Kaufman Mall
8:00 p.m. ODU Football v. Middle Tennessee Cheer on the ODU Monarchs! This game is a "Whiteout" so wear your white to help ODU turn the stadium white! Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium
8:00 p.m. Maleficient Enjoy a family movie, sponsored by the Student Activities Council (SAC). MGB 102
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Open Recreation Play or workout in the Student Recreation Center! Just show your Family Weekend wristband when you enter.
9:30 a.m. Monarch Parent & Family Organization Special Presentation
Members of the Monarch Parent & Family Organization are invited to a special presentation on ODU's Master Plan. Ted Constant Convocation Center, Big Blue Room
10:30 a.m. Information Session (Topic TBA)
More information coming soon! Ted Constant Convocation Center, Big Blue Room
11:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. The Great Pumpkin Splash! Pick your pumpkin from our in-water pumpkin patch! Participants will swim around and pick the pumpkin that suits their fancy. There will be fun games like bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving, costume contests, and sweet treats! We will also be airing "The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" to conclude our event.
11:30 a.m President's Lunch followed by an Improvisational Group

Join President Broderick and members of the ODU faculty for lunch. Also, enjoy a chance to meet and greet with University Provost, Carol Simpson and Vice President for Student Engagement and Enrollment Services, Ellen Neufeldt.

After lunch, relax and enjoy live entertainment from the improvisational group, Mission Improvable.

Ted Constant Convocation Center

2:00- 4:00 p.m. Campus Open Houses Visit buildings across campus and see some of ODU's "hidden" gems! Prefer a guided tour? Guided tours will leave at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. from Kaufman Mall. A complete list of open houses will be provided upon your arrival.
2:00- 4:00 p.m. Family Feud ODU Style Compete against another family in a contest to name the most popular responses posed to 100 people or participate as an active audience member. Learning Commons
3:00- 4:30 p.m.
German Band and the U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Band
Enjoy the outdoors while listening to two outstanding bands: The U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Band and the German Band. Grassy area behind the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Monarch Way
4:00 p.m.
Charity Walk/Run

2 mile charity walk/run

Pile on your clothes and be prepared to "bare all" throughout the course. All clothing will be donated to charity. Kaufman Mall

1:00 p.m.
Field Hockey v. James Madison University Cheer on the field hockey team as they take on the Dukes! Admission is free.
10:00 a.m. - Midnight Open Recreation Play or workout in the Student Recreation Center! Just show your Family Weekend wristband when you enter.

Friday, September 26:

  • 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.- Webb Center, front desk
  • 5:30- 7:30 p.m.- Monarch Family Weekend Tailgate, Kaufman Mall

Saturday, September 27

  • 9:00- 11:30 a.m.- Ted Constant Convocation Center, front lobby


How do I register?

Click the button below to get started. If you have questions during the registration process, call Student Transition & Family Programs at 757-683-3428 or email gomonarchparents@odu.edu.

Click here to register!