'A' Mountain Lighting on Sunday


Oct. 19, 2017

UA Tradition of Lighting 'A' Mountain to Kick Off Homecoming Week

  • What: Lighting of "A" Mountain for Homecoming week
  • When: 4 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 
  • Where: Sentinel Peak and Main Gate Garage

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona Bobcats Senior Honorary will light "A" Mountain with flares at sundown on Sunday, Oct. 22, signaling the start of Homecoming week. The members of the oldest recognized honorary on the UA campus will meet at Sentinel Peak at 4 p.m. to start setting up. After a brief history is recounted about the occasion's significance, they will place lighted flares around the "A."

The UA Student Alumni Ambassadors, or SAA, will host a lighting celebration on the top floor of the Main Gate Garage, 815 E. 2nd St., from 5:30-7 p.m. Students and alumni will gather, mingle and watch as the "A" is lit. Wilbur T. Wildcat, UA cheerleaders and the 2017 Homecoming court are expected to attend. SAA also will provide a brief history of the tradition of lighting the "A." The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Food and drink will be provided.

Traditionally, UA students burned the "A" to prepare its surface to be whitewashed by the freshman class before the first home football game each year. As time went by, the lighting of "A" Mountain was discontinued — until 2008, when the Bobcats Senior Honorary made the event part of Homecoming week. SAA created the Main Gate lighting celebration in 2011 to honor the tradition and celebrate the start of Homecoming week.

The UA's Homecoming is Saturday, Oct. 28, highlighted by the Wildcats' football game against Washington State that will kick off at 6:30 p.m. in Arizona Stadium.


Media Contacts:
Marc Acuna
UA Alumni Association
520-626-0705 or 520-906-7799

Nicole Avila
UA Student Alumni Ambassadors

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