Special Programs

The College is planning special events at exciting and historic sites in New York City, including ones featuring Lafayette professors, students, and alumni. Several programs are being planned with Lehigh as an opportunity for both institutions to come together in celebration of this historic occasion. Program information will be added to this website as it becomes available.

Outside New York City
Please follow this link for additional information on the series of weekend special events and game day alternate viewing locations designed to excite and unite our Leopard fans.

Welcome Center
The Marriott Marquis, Times Square will serve as the event headquarters and resource center for all Lafayette guests to receive information on schedules, programs, dining events, city maps, and much more.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Friends of Lafayette Football Luncheon featuring Fred M. Kirby II ’42 Head Coach Frank Tavani
All are welcome to attend this kickoff luncheon sponsored by the Friends of Lafayette Football where Coach Tavani is certain to energize the crowd just days before the rivalry game. What better way to begin the celebration?

Rally for the Rivalry
5-8 p.m., Marriott Marquis, Times Square
Gather with Lafayette and Lehigh friends for networking and good times at the crossroads of the world. Co-hosted by Lafayette New York City Alumni Chapter and Lehigh Club of New York

Dining Options
Catch up with classmates and other Leopards at special locations in the city.  Restaurants will be announced.
First Women of Lafayette Dinner
Marriott Marquis, Times Square
The 1970s women pioneers of Lafayette gather to reminisce about their path to Lafayette, reflect on how their Lafayette experience has shaped them, and discuss how they can support the College today. (By invitation)
Late Night
Lafayette Late Night
Not ready to call it a night? Continue the social festivities with fellow Pards at select night spots located on Lafayette Street. Locations to be announced.


Friday, Nov. 21

Capital Campaign Launch
Save the date! A campaign kickoff dinner and dessert reception will celebrate the exciting vision for the future of the College. (By invitation)

Ringing of the Closing Bell at NYSE
Watch as representatives from Lafayette and Lehigh ring the bell signaling the close of the markets and the start of this historic weekend.
Panel Discussion: Insights into Today’s Financial Markets
Join fellow Leopards for coffee and conversation followed by a panel discussion featuring alumni and faculty experts.

Natural History: The American Museum and Central Park
Join paleontologist David Sunderlin, associate professor of geology and environmental geosciences, on a tour of two of the great natural history museums of New York City. The American Museum of Natural History holds some of the most treasured fossil relics of the ancient world. We’ll discuss the epic history of our planet and the evolution of life while standing among some of the very best specimens known to science. We’ll then proceed outdoors to Central Park. The park’s shape reveals its dynamic environmental history, and its life, in its living form and function, reveals the richness of continuing evolutionary change.


Art in New York City
Robert Mattison, Marshall R. Metzger Professor of Art History, will conduct a tour of the Chelsea art gallery scene featuring discussions about the latest international tendencies in the visual arts, meetings with curators and gallerists, and a visit to an artist’s studio. Investigate the ways in which gender, race, identity, memory, origin, and politics play a role in the world of contemporary art. The tour will end with a private reception and refreshments at a prominent gallery.

Met Opera
Backstage Tour: The Metropolitan Opera
Learn the history of The Metropolitan Opera while peeking into the costume, scenery, and production shops that are rarely seen by the public.
Lafayette Forensics
Director of Forensics Scott Placke will present a performance by Lafayette’s debate team, showcasing different styles such as impromptu, extemporaneous, persuasive, informative, and poetry.
Supreme City
Donald L. Miller, John Henry MacCracken Professor of History, will give a presentation on his recently published book, Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America. The book tells the story of Manhattan’s growth and transformation in the 1920s and the brilliant people behind it. Options of a self-guided walking tour of mid-town and/or a chartered  boat tour of Manhattan to supplement the lecture are being explored.
Fossils for Families: The American Museum of Natural History
The museum is world-famous for its displays of dinosaurs and their relatives. Join us on a guided tour through major fossils and events in the evolution of vertebrate life over hundreds of millions of years. This program for families with school-age children is led by paleontologist David Sunderlin, associate professor of geology and environmental geosciences.


Saturday, Nov. 22

Three Game Day social options are planned for those interested in gathering with other Leopards fans prior to kickoff.

The Jim Beam Suite Package offers food and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Registrants will have access to the suite through the end of halftime, with retail food and drink for sale once the pre-game package ends. This is a great option for those who want an indoor pre-paid gathering in Yankee Stadium with exclusive access and retail concessions throughout the first half.
Sponsored by the Alumni Relations Office
Cost: $70/person

The Turkey Hill Picnic Area Package offers food and non-alcoholic beverages from 1:30-3:30 p.m. This family-friendly space, located just inside Yankee Stadium near the Gate 2 entrance, is a great option for those who want a pre-paid gathering where they can join with other Lafayette fans, with an emphasis on fans with children.
Sponsored by the Alumni Relations Office
Cost: $40/adult; $35/child (12 and under)

The Billy’s Sports Bar Package offers food and beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) from noon-2:00 p.m. Billy’s is close to Yankee Stadium and offers a great option for Lafayette fans who want to gather before the stadium gates open. Billy’s is excited to host the “home team” and will be decked out in maroon and white.
Sponsored by the Alumni Association
Cost: $50/person 21 years and older; $40/person under 21

Registration for these events is limited and willopen Sept. 15. Watch for more information via email from the Alumni Relations Office.