Are you ready for a Penn State football white out?
With just under five minutes left, our Nittany Lions were down 21–17 against Ohio State one cold October Saturday night. But, when a blocked Buckeye field goal attempt turned into a Penn State touchdown by #15 Grant Haley, the final few minutes of the game were in the Lions’ favor.
As the clock dwindled down to zero and the stadium erupted with screams, fans filled the field in celebration. Beaver Stadium was consumed with ecstatic fans dressed in white and the streets of downtown State College were engulfed as well. It was the game that turned Penn State Football’s 2016 season around and another White Out event that would go down in history.
The White Out game has taken on a life of its own since its humble beginning in 2004. The idea started when former Penn State Football Director of Communications and Branding, Guido D’Elia wanted to unite the student section. Everybody owns something white so he figured, why not encourage the students to wear that color?
Through guerilla marketing, the students entered the gates of Beaver Stadium in droves dressed in white from head to toe. While Penn State fell to Purdue that year, the White Out was a success and D’Elia knew it would return next season.
In 2005, the student-only White Out was set for the Ohio State game. The noise from the crowd vibrated the bleachers and Penn State finished 17–10 at the end of the night.
But it wasn’t until 2007 when the White Out went stadium-wide. The opponent was Notre Dame and as fans left their tailgates and headed for the gates of Beaver Stadium, white was the only color one could see.
Since then, the White Out game has become a staple of the Nittany Lions’ football season. Penn State Football games are always exciting but there is something about the energy a White Out creates that is so special. From the players to the fans to the coaches, every one is ready for a battle on a White Out game day.
At last year’s White Out, Penn State crushed rival Michigan 42–13, which was much needed redemption from our 2015 White Out loss against the same team.
While White Out games have produced both intense wins and disappointing defeats, the energy of these games is always unrivaled. It is no secret that we have some of the best fans in the country, but the White Out game is always the opportunity for us to show that title off. How many other fan bases can unite so effortlessly?
This year, the legendary date is set for Sept. 29 against rival Ohio State. If you haven’t been to a Penn State White Out before, brace yourself for the most thrilling experience of your life. Shakers will be flying, voices will be yelling, and “Zombie Nation” will boom through the speakers.
Whether you find yourself watching the game in the bleachers of Beaver Stadium, in a restaurant downtown, or on the couch in the comfort of your home, wear white and get excited for another amazing day of Penn State Football!