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Saturday, October 14 vs. Bowie State University

  • 8 a.m. Continental BreakfastGateway Dining & Events Center (by invitation)
  • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Homecoming ParadeDowntown Historic Petersburg (guidelines)
  • 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Vendors BazaarBand Field 
  • 11 a.m. President's Luncheon; Gateway Dining & Events Center (by invitation)
  • 2 p.m. Football GameRogers Stadium ($20 gen. admiss. FREE VSU students)

The Game

Homecoming 2017 is underway in Trojan Nation! The Virginia State University football team is set to host their second home game of the 2017 season on Saturday, Oct. 14 as they face the Bulldogs of Bowie State University. The Aspire televised game is slated to kickoff at 2:00 p.m. at Rogers Stadium.

The Bulldogs last met the Trojans at Rogers Stadium in 2015 for a homecoming matchup.

Live coverage of the contest can be found on In addition, the game will also offer live radio on WVST 91.3 FM. Trojan football fans online can access the radio broadcast by visiting our radio station stream. Live stats are also available by visiting

The Parade

The Virginia State University Homecoming Committee is busy preparing for this year’s event. The Homecoming Parade Sub-Committee is requesting your assistance in making this year’s parade the best ever. We are inviting you to enter and be a part of the Homecoming Parade. All floats must illustrate this year’s Parade Theme: The Flashback.

Homecoming this year will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017, and the parade will commence at 9 a.m. The assembly area will be at the corner of North Jefferson and Washington Street in Petersburg. All participants are expected to arrive and check-in at the assembly area no later than 7 a.m. The parade will begin on Washington Street, traveling North onto Sycamore Street, West to Grove Avenue, and traveling North onto Chesterfield Avenue and will disband at Ettrick Elementary School in Chesterfield. Any late arrivals WILL NOT participate in this year’s parade.

If your organization is interested in participating, please complete the parade application form and send it via email to OR Additionally, you can mail the form to the following address:

Virginia State University
Attn: Danny Giles or Desmond Crawley
Virginia State University Parade Committee
P.O. Box 9073
Petersburg, Virginia 23806

The application deadline is October 6, 2017.


Experience Homecoming from a different perspective! Bring your tents, grills, chairs and game spirit to cheer on the Trojans from our Tailgating Lot (Lot #28). Fee is $175 for cars and trucks, and $200 for campers and RVs. The 2017 tailgating form will be released in the coming weeks.

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