Plan an ultimate hockey and wrestling weekend in Happy Valley

The football season gets a lot of hype with the tail gates, touchdowns and the Blue Band music while the We Are flags are waving down on the Beaver Stadium field.

As football fever winds down, the winter brings us lions new blessings like men’s hockey and men’s wrestling — sports that deserve the same amount of excitement.

Hearing that cowbell ring in the Pegula Ice Arena, watching the puck get pummeled back and forth, or appreciating a sport that channels the strength of only one player at a time, seeing how there is an art to quick movement and force…it’s just as intoxicating.

These games will be taking place in the months of January and February, so be sure to start planning your trip up to Happy Valley as soon as possible! Here are some great places to consider for your weekend of Nittany fun!


Meet you at the Corner

The Corner Room was first open to the public in 1855, the same year Penn State University welcomed students inside its Nittany halls. Such rich history paired with top-quality food makes this restaurant a great stop for a game-day lunch or dinner. If you haven’t tried the handhelds as a student, definitely do so as an alumnus!


Rub the lucky pig statues at The Tavern

What better way is there to enter a Penn State game than with the luck of three little pigs? Take your family and friends to the Tavern, a colonial-style eatery, that offers foods ranging from pasta to steak to seafood. Be sure to then rub the snouts of the three little pig statues right outside; legend has it that doing so brings about luck and prosperity!


Take in the view at the Allen Street Grill

Order a burger, a Crab & Tuna Tower, or the seafood nachos at the Allen Street grill to celebrate a win for the lions. Better yet? This homey restaurant offers a grand view of College Avenue, as it is located on the second floor. There is nothing like noshing on some delicious delights while facing the heart of State College.


Stay at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center

A fan of P.J Harrington’s Bar & Grill? Looking for a dip in an indoor pool or Jacuzzi? In need of a hotel that offers complimentary airport transportation? The Ramada Hotel & Conference Center just might be the hotel for you any weekend that you choose to come up for a game! With a friendly stuff and superb location, you won’t be disappointed.


You’ll want to move in to Hampton Inn & Suites

It’s just inn! Located minutes away from Penn State University and the University Park airport, Hampton Inn & Suites are looking to make your stay as convenient and comfortable for you as possible. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast, free wifi and a fitness room when heading back from a match or game.


It’s more than fair and sweet at the Fairfield Inn & Suites

Known for its style and luxury-feel, the Fairfield Inn & Suites has a lot to offer. An abode that feels like a home away from home, this inn offers ergonomic workstations, flat-screen panel TVs, a 24-hour fitness center and a complimentary buffet for breakfast. The inn makes you their number one priority!


How to Get Tickets

All tickets for games can be purchased through links found on under the “Tickets” tab. Pick what sport you want to purchase tickets for and the website will direct you to ticketmaster. All hockey games take place in the Pegula Ice Arena and all wrestling games are at Rec Hall, with the exception of the game on Feb. 1, being held at the BJC.


Men’s Hockey Games

Jan. 11 and 12: Nittany Lions versus Michigan State, 8 p.m.

Jan. 18 and 19: Nittany Lions versus Ohio State, 7 p.m.

Feb. 8 and 9: Nittany Lions versus Minnesota, 6 p.m.

Feb. 22: Nittany Lions versus Wisconsin, 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 23: Nittany Lions versus Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m.


Wrestling Matches

Jan. 13: Nittany Lions versus the University of Wisconsin, 1 p.m.

Jan. 20: Nittany Lions versus the University of Nebraska, 1 p.m.

Feb. 1: Nittany Lions versus the University of Michigan, 7 p.m.

Feb. 15: Nittany Lions versus Michigan State University, 7 p.m.

Feb. 24: Nittany Lions versus University at Buffalo, 2 p.m. 


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