Stripe Out, White Out: All the game themes

It’s been a long time since an upcoming Penn State football season has been as hyped as this one, so classic themed games like the White Out and Homecoming are bound to be even more fun than usual. But they’re not the only ones — all seven home games of the 2017 season will feature a special theme, promotion or celebration. Check all of them out and start planning for your games!

Sept. 2 vs. Akron: Home Opener | Youth Sports/Spirit Day

Though the home opener is always one of the most joyous occasions of the year in Happy Valley, count on this year’s to be even more so. Hopes are high going into this season as the reigning Big Ten champs and Rose Bowl contenders, so you can expect a whole new kind of buzz in the air.

Special ticket packages for the home opener include a pre-game youth football, basketball, or cheer and dance clinic hosted by Penn State. Cheer and dance participants will even have an opportunity to perform during halftime!

Sept. 9 vs. Pitt: Keystone Classic | “2016” Sign Unveiling

Last year, when age-old rivals Penn State and Pitt faced off for the first time since 2000, the game was officially and aptly dubbed the Keystone Classic. Last year’s matchup didn’t pan out in our favor, so the Nittany Lions will be seeking redemption on their home grounds this time around. Come prepared with all your PSU pride to show Pitt why blue and white is better than blue and gold! And don’t miss the pre-game ceremonies for this one, where Penn State will unveil the “2016” sign on the Beaver Stadium suites in honor of last year’s Big Ten Championship team.

Sept. 16 vs. Georgia State: Blue Band Jam | Community Heroes Day

The public is welcome to the Bryce Jordan Center before the game for the fourth annual Blue Band Jam, a free event that features select local high school bands performing along with the Penn State Blue Band.

For today’s game, police, fire and EMS workers are eligible for special ticket packages in honor of their selfless service. Know a community hero who deserves a shout-out? Visit and enter code “3FF63F2468555607” to nominate them to be recognized on-field during the game.

Sept. 30 vs. Indiana: Faculty and Staff Day | Celebrate Agriculture

Retro helmets and uniforms will make this game stand out on social media. Penn State faculty and staff from all over the state are eligible for a special ticket package in appreciation of their work, and will be recognized throughout the game. The College of Agricultural Sciences will also celebrate Penn State’s agricultural origins with festivities before and after the game.

Oct. 21 vs. Michigan: White Out

What’s widely considered the biggest home game of the season needs no introduction. The Penn State White Out is an atmosphere unlike any other, and it has two simple unwritten rules: wear white, and be ready to cheer your absolute heart out.

Nov. 11 vs. Rutgers: Homecoming | Military Appreciation Day

Homecoming takes place significantly later in the season this year. But with the distinct possibility that the Nittany Lions could be in another playoff chase this November, it just might be a more thrilling Homecoming game than ever! As always, the PSU Homecoming Parade will take place Friday evening (November 10), and halftime of the game will feature the Penn State Alumni Band and the crowning of the king and queen.

Falling on Veterans Day, the game will also double as the 2017 Military Appreciation Game, honoring military members during the game. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets through the “Seats for Servicemembers” program to be donated to military members and their families.

Nov. 18 vs. Nebraska: Stripe Out | Senior Day | Parents & Families Tailgate

The final home game of the season will mark the third annual Stripe Out, where each section is coordinated to wear either all blue or all white to create a striped Beaver Stadium. The senior Nittany Lions will be honored before their final home game in the annual Senior Day ceremony.

Special ticket packages will be offered to Penn State parents and families, as many come to pick up their students for Thanksgiving break. The packages include a pre-game tailgate at Pegula Ice Arena.

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