Finally, after a whole semester spent away from Beaver Stadium, we get to return right where we belong. The Blue-White game at Penn State has long been a tradition for the spring semester, serving as an unofficial scrimmage. This year, the game is to be played on April 23, with kickoff at 2 p.m. With the pandemic making massive events such as this one a difficult thing to host, this Blue-White game will be the first “normal” scrimmage since 2019.
As we all know, Penn State loves its football. At the last Blue-White game three years ago, there were around 61,000 fans in attendance according to Penn State. This time around, the crowd will certainly be loud and proud considering how much we have all missed the beloved game. Not to mention, it’s free for students.
A Tailgater’s Heaven
As seen in the fall, football season is all about tailgating. The lots surrounding the stadium will be full of RVs or cars with their trunks open, tents, speakers, you name it. it’s a familiar scene for Penn Staters and a happy one at that. With the spring weather permitting, it will be sunshine and smiles all throughout State College.
The scrimmage is not the only thing to look forward to, there are other events throughout the weekend to get the camaraderie going. The Boardwalk Fan Fest is like a carnival that is placed on Curtin Road. There are games, slides, even a Ferris wheel right in front of the stadium. Penn State families and friends alike can all enjoy face paintings, balloons, photo booths as they get amped up before the game. An apparel and equipment sale will also be right at Pegula Ice Center starting at 8 a.m., that offers a bunch of Penn State merch.
One Last Hoorah
The school year is sadly coming to an end, but with events like Blue-White, the last few weeks of the semester are some of the best ones of the year. It allows for us Penn State football fans to not be too Beaver Stadium-deprived and gets us excited for the season to come in the fall. Doors open at 12:30, so pick your game day outfits out the night before, set your alarms and start cheering. Spring is here and so is Blue-White.
What’s your favorite thing about The Blue-White game? Or, if this is your first one, what are you most excited for? Let VALLEY know at @VALLEYmag on Twitter. We Are!