The weather for Northwestern University’s homecoming events this weekend will be a lot cooler than today’s balmy temperatures — but at least it’s supposed to mostly dry and sunny.

ESPN commentator and columnist and Northwestern University alumnus J.A. Adande will serve as the grand marshal for the omecoming parade and pep rally on Friday.

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m at the intersection of Sheridan Road and Lincoln Street and proceeds south on Sheridan Road to the Arch, the gateway to the Evanston campus, at the northeast corner of Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue.

The 7:15 p.m. pep rally immediately follows the parade and will take place outdoors at Deering Meadow, in front of Deering Library, 1937 Sheridan Road.

If it does rain, the rally will be held in Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St.

Access into and from Northwestern’s main campus will be limited after 5:30 p.m. Friday. Access to most parking lots and drives east of Sheridan Road will be closed until the parade ends at approximately 8 p.m. As the parade forms at Lincoln Street, the road will be closed to vehicle traffic and remain closed until all floats have reached Sheridan Road.

Adande is well-known to sports television audiences. He covers the National Basketball Association and appears regularly as a panelist on ESPN’s “Around the Horn.”

On Saturday, Wildcat Alley will open at 8 a.m. It’s a free pregame fan fest area offering activities for Wildcat football fans of all ages a few steps north of Ryan Field.

The Northwesstern Wildcats will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in the homecoming game at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ryan Field, Evanston campus. Sideline tickets are $60 each; end zone tickets are $40 for the general public; corner (section 113, 114, 115, 122, 123, 124) seats are $50 each.

To purchase tickets, call 888-467-8775 (GO-PURPLE), visit or the Northwestern athletic ticket office at 1501 Central St. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

More information about homecoming events is available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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