Your Blue-White Game 411

Let’s face it: ever since the 2018 football season ended, we’ve been waiting for the Blue-White Game where we can tailgate all day long and spread the love of being a Nittany Lion football family. Well, our wait is almost over.

This year, the Blue-White football game falls on April 13, and kick-off set for 3 p.m.

Local craft and food vendors will be working around the stadium, and attendance of the game itself usually ranges between 60,000 to 80,000 fans.

If you plan on being one of those fans, here is the 411 on how to spend your Blue-White Game and make it a weekend to look back on for years to come.


Previous season ticket holders are guaranteed free parking with the use of their pass. It is preferred for those passes to be on display at the front of the car before entering the lots. Anyone without this pass will be charged $20 per car for parking. Fans that are planning to arrive with overnight recreational vehicles will be charged $60 if they are previous season ticket holders and if not, the charge will be $100. Overnight RV parking will open at 8 a.m. the day before the game. All charges are cash only.

Fan Festival

Along Curtin Road, from 9–11 a.m., the Fan Festival will be awaiting any fans ready for live entertainment, music, games, giveaways and more. Food vendors will be spread out among sponsor booths and activities.

Autograph Session

Bring your favorite piece of Penn State equipment, memorabilia or clothing with you game-day, and you will be in for quite a treat! From 12:15–1:05 p.m., members of our Nittany Lion team will be ready to sign their autographs. Remember, one item per person, please!

Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run

Every year, the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium 5k and 2 Mile Family Fun Walk bring smiles and joyous memories to those involved and those supported: the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Chapter. The 5k begins at 11 a.m. and at 11:10 a.m., the 2 Mile Walk starts. Come out and support a good cause for those lions that need it!

Hotels to Stay In

When it comes to Happy Valley overnights, Shaner Hotels never disappoint. Whether it’s Holiday Inn, the Ramada Conference, Hampton Inn & Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites or Springhill Suites, you just can’t go wrong. The Ramada Conference is right next to P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill and is home to an indoor pool and Jacuzzi. Complimentary airport transportation is provided, as well. For those fans flying in, Hampton Inn is located minutes away from the University Park airport. At Fairfield, a complimentary buffet for breakfast and a 24-hour fitness center are just a few of the endless perks they have to offer. It’s a no brainer to go with Shaner!

Dinner Must-Haves

So, there you are. It’s the end of the game, the end of a fabulous weekend supporting the lions that roar with so much heart and soul and triumph. You’re sporting your Penn State gear and you’re all tailgated out. What now?

Well, it’s dinner time! And Happy Valley has options galore. Are you in the mood for Italian? Faccia Luna has a table for you. Are you looking for Asian cuisine? Cozy Thai, Galanga, the Little Szechuan—all are fantastic, top-quality options! Want to try something homier? The Corner Room or the Tavern have menus with recipes that feel like grandma’s kitchen. Want dinner with a view? The Allen Street Grill overlooks College Avenue in all its glory. You just can’t go wrong with these gems of Happy Valley!

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