Blue-White Weekend offers something for everyone
UNIVERSITY PARK – In Happy Valley, it’s the biggest event of the spring. There is nothing quite like Blue-White Weekend.
Sure, there’s the Blue-White Game, which marks the official end of spring practice. But there’s so much more than that. Here are some of the highlights of Blue-White Weekend. And while most are football-related, others are not. There’s so much to do in Happy Valley from April 20-22, but you don’t need a personal assistant to help you keep track. We’ve done the work for you, so let’s go!
The First Tailgate
The Beaver Stadium parking lots open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, which gives you plenty of time to tailgate for the 3 p.m. game. Dust off the coolers, grills and cornhole and get ready for a long, fun day in the parking lots. If you’re a season ticket holder, a parking pass was included with your ticket package last season. If you’ve lost that or aren’t a season ticket holder, parking for the game is just $20 (cash only). If you didn’t bring your grub, don’t worry! There are plenty of vendors stationed along Curtin Road to feed even the heartiest of appetites. Some of the vendors include: Primanti Bros., Prospectors and Snyder’s Concessions.
This year, there is the Fan Festival and the Blue-White Family Fun Zone, which are two different things. The Fan Festival takes place along Curtin Road beginning at 9 a.m. Meanwhile, over at Holuba Hall (a short walk from the stadium), the Blue-White Family Fun Zone will be staged from 9 to 11 a.m. Definitely make the walk to Holuba Hall to see where the team practices during inclement weather and where Penn State Pro Day is held. It’s your chance to walk on the same turf where Penn State greats have honed their craft.
One of the biggest events of the weekend – the autograph session – is a must-see. This year, the event is being held from 12:15 to 1:05 p.m. at Gates A, B, C, E and F. Grab a football, pennant, jersey or even an autograph book and get in line early! If you are hoping to get a signature from one of the big names on the squad, be prepared to wait – the lines get long and you don’t want to miss your favorite Nittany Lion.
OK, you didn’t think we’d have a list and leave the game off it, did you? Of course not! While it’s just blue vs. white, brother vs. brother, it’s still a fun game to watch to see how the Nittany Lions are shaping up for the 2018 season. Who will replace Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki and Jason Cabinda, just to name a few? Remember, there are no tickets for the Blue-White Game, so seating is first-come, first-served. The Beaver Stadium gates will open at 1:30 p.m. The game begins promptly at 3 p.m. Since it is a scrimmage, it will look a little different than what you’re used to seeing on fall Saturdays at Beaver Stadium, but it is still football.
Nearly every other Penn State sport is on the road Blue-White Weekend – except women’s tennis. You can check out the talented tennis squad on Friday (April 20) and Sunday (April 22). At 4 p.m. Friday, the Nittany Lions take on Northwestern at the Tennis Center. Then, at 11 a.m. Sunday, the Lions face Illinois. It’s a good chance to get out and support a team that doesn’t get a lot of attention.
Run (for a cause)
Get up and at ‘em on Sunday morning for the annual Paterno Beaver Stadium 5K Run. If you’ve ever wanted a chance to run through the tunnel and on to the Beaver Stadium grass, here’s your chance! The run will end at the 50-yard line. All proceeds from the event go to Pennsylvania Special Olympics. Although not confirmed, former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris is typically at the finish line to greet runners, along with Sue Paterno.
If you’ve never been to the Penn State All-Sports Museum, Blue-White Weekend is the perfect time to go. The museum is packed with interactive exhibits, sports memorabilia and all sorts of sports trivia that will test the knowledge of even the biggest Penn State fan.
The museum will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission; it is by donation. The recommended donation is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
See a Show!
The Newsboys have welcomed back Peter Furler and Phil Joel for the “Newsboys United Tour” The popular Christian band will showcase “all their hits … under one roof … for one tour.” The 6 p.m. show will be staged at the Bryce Jordan Center. Tickets are just $28 and are available at the BJC box office, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com.
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Blue-White Weekend Presented by Xfinity Schedule of Events, April 20-22:
Friday, April 20
Women's Tennis vs. Northwestern; Tennis Center, 4 p.m.
All Sports Museum open, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, April 21
Beaver Stadium parking lots open, 8 a.m.
Blue-White Family Fun Zone; Holuba Hall, 9-11 a.m.
Fan Festival; Curtin Road, 9 a.m.
Team Bus Arrival; Curtin Road & Porter Road, 11:45 a.m.
Lion Cub Zone outside of All Sports Museum, 12-2 p.m.
Player Autograph Session; Gates A, B, C, E, F, 12:15-1:05 p.m.
All Beaver Stadium Gates open, 1:30 p.m.
Blue-White Game, 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 22
All Sports Museum open, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Women's Tennis vs. Illinois; Tennis Center, 11 a.m.
Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run, 11 a.m.
Newsboys with special guest Zealand; Bryce Jordan Center