The lowdown on Blue-White Weekend

UNIVERSITY PARK — Every Monday starts with a wish asking for the weekend to come around again — those two days of freedom are always something to look forward to.

But on April 21, 2018, that Saturday will represent something more than a day to sleep in: it marks the long-awaited intra-squad scrimmage, the wearing of the blue and white apparel and lion ears and the tail-gates that last long into the night…

It marks the official tradition: Blue-White Weekend.

The intra-squad scrimmage will kick off mid-afternoon at the Beaver Stadium, where the spring practice of April 22, 2017 had an estimated 71,000 fans.

Blue-White Weekend is special because it brings about the university’s annual spring reunion, where fans from all over can come together and celebrate the blue and white spirit for the new season, for the evergreen glory.

More than 7,800 new season tickets have been sold for the 2017 year — a year full of success and victory and groundbreaking records by players like Saquon Barkely.

This 2018 date is now a highlight on the Penn State sports calendar and will be presented by XFINITY.

The reunion game will hold an autograph session with all the players and a sneak peek to 2018 Nittany Lions, whose first game will be held September 1, against Appalachian State.

Parking for the game is free for season ticket holders who received a pass with their previous season tickets; anyone without a pass will pay a charge of $20 per car. Overnight RV’s and buses will be charged $60.

All parking will open at 8 a.m. that Saturday.

The exhibition of the upcoming season will have local craft and food vendors, along with the tail gates, but also an event called the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run for Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

Presented by the Sheetz family, the Run will return for its ninth consecutive year where more than 3,000 runners and walkers will get to participate in a 5K, on Sunday, April 22.

The path begins at the Bryce Jordan Center, go on through the campus and finish with runners powering through the Beaver Stadium Tunnel on the home turf — so that they can “finish at the fifty.” More than 20,000 children and adults with disabilities will be benefitted by the proceeds.

Don’t hold back from this Blue and White fever and come out to support the Lions that are more than just a team: We Are … a roaring family.

 

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