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Employee Celebration

Cheer on Cornell athletics, gather for the community dinner, and enjoy family-friendly activities!

NEW THIS YEAR! More family activities, including bowling, rock climbing, and a scavenger hunt, plus improved dinner options! 

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Saturday, October 14, 2023

Ticket Sales are now CLOSED. Tickets are not available for purchase on the day of the event.

This year's event will feature family friendly activities, Cornell athletic events, a family scavenger hunt, and as always our community dinner. So gather your friends and family to campus for the day to connect, make memories, and enjoy the season!

*Children under the age of 5 do not require a ticket package for this event or any athletic event on the day of.

$7 ticket package ($40 value!) includes dinner and all events (see events schedule below)

In addition: Save 20% at The Cornell Store!*

Shop in-store at The Cornell Store or online at on Saturday, October 14, 2023 and get 20% off your purchase of clothing, gifts, accessories, décor and more!* To redeem online, enter promo code EMPCELEBRATION in the online shopping cart.

The Cornell Store is located at 135 Ho Plaza on the Cornell University campus and is open 10am-5pm on Sat., Oct. 14.

*Standard exclusions apply. Valid, Oct. 14, 2023 on personal purchases only.

Questions: contact

Events Schedule

  • Cornell Football vs. Bucknell | 1:00pm
  • Cornell Women's Ice Hockey vs. Penn State | 3:00pm
  • Family Bowling (opt in event. No additional charge) *This event has reached capacity and is no longer available. | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Family Rock Climbing (opt in event. No additional charge) *This event has reached capacity and is no longer available. | 1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Community Dinner in Barton Hall | 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Family Bowling and Rock Climbing are optional events and have limited space. Those who choose these events will be on a first-come/first-served basis.

Additional events -  No ticket purchase required

  • Family Scavenger Hunt | 11:00am - 4:00pm. Materials available for pick up at Barton Hall.
  • Cornell Women's Swimming & Diving vs. University at Buffalo | 11:00am
  • Cornell Men's Soccer vs. Princeton | 4:00pm

Dinner Menu

Community Dinner Menu:

Pasta Primavera

Sausage, peppers and onions

Marinated chicken speedies

Glazed Tofu with mushrooms and herbs

Baked beans

Garden salad

and fresh baked cookies.

Gluten Free options available upon request at event. Assorted beverages. Meals can also be taken to-go.

 How to Purchase Tickets

Employee Celebration ticket sales are open September 5th - October 11th. Ticket packages for Employee Celebration will not be sold on the day of the event through Athletics or at the event itself.

Additional tickets to any athletic event will be available for purchase through the ticketing office based on availability. Visit the Athletics webpage for more details on how to purchase individual tickets: BigRedTix

Steps to purchase tickets:

  1. Visit the Employee Celebration event webpage through athletics:
  2. Click “Sign in” from the top right hand corner
  3. From the pop up window select “Sign in with……..Cornell Student/Faculty/Staff”
  4. Click the yellow button “Buy Tickets”
  5. Select your ticket package - *Note: All ticket packages cost the same regardless of add on events.
  6. Indicate how many packages you wish to purchase. *Note: Children under the age of 5 do not need a ticket package to this event or any athletic event
  7. If your college/department/unit provided a unique promo code click the “Redeem promo code/voucher” line. *Note: Not all college/department/units provided a promo code. Those that did, might also have limitations. Any packages needed over the limit will need to made with a separate purchase
  8. Click the button “Details & Pay”
  9. Complete the required fields and select “Proceed to payment” at the bottom of the page

Additional Info About Bowling & Rock Climbing


  • Open and available from 1:00pm - 4:00pm located at Helen Newman on the
  • Guests can participate on a first come first serve basis. Please be aware due to the popularity of this event and availability there might be a wait.
  • Bowling shoes and bowling balls will be provided.
  • No outside food or drink allowed in the bowling lane area.

Rock Climbing

  • Open and available from 1:30pm - 3:30pm - located at Bartels Hall
  • Guests can participate on a first come first serve basis. Please be aware due to the popularity of this event and availability there might be a wait.
  • Climbing shoes will be provided.
  • Proper attire - workout clothing. It can get pretty warm in there so layers are best.


 Need to know more about attending an athletic event on campus? Check out these helpful resources! 

  • Athletic FAQs: FAQs

  • New Bag Policy at Athletic events: Know before you go - click here!

  • Parking: Multiple events will be occurring at the same time and a number of construction projects on campus are still ongoing, so come early and plan your parking in advance. 

  • Other Big Red sporting events happening that day. Note, the following events do not require a ticket for entry:                 

               Women's Swimming & Diving vs. University at Buffalo - 11:00am

               Men's Soccer vs. Princeton University - 4:00 pm         

Volunteers Needed!

If you are interested in volunteering  please click the registration link below.  Volunteers will receive one complimentary ticket package when they arrive for their shift.

Volunteers are needed for the following shifts:

Shift #1: 11:00am - 2:00pm Scavenger Hunt

Shift #2: 12:00pm - 3:00pm Barton Hall Set Up

Shift #3: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Family Bowling Check In

Shift #4: 1:30pm - 3:30pm Family Rock Climbing Wall Check In

Shift #5: 2:00pm - 5:00pm Scavenger Hunt

Shift #6: 3:00pm - 6:00pm  Community Dinner Event

Shift #7:  6:00pm - 8:00pm  Breakdown/clean up