GAME DAY… at Home?

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Penn State football season has been a little bit different this year. Because of COVID-19, there was so much uncertainty around the football season. Multiple statements were issued: we were going to play, then not play, and now we are back to playing. Although games have resumed, most fans have not been allowed in the game, and we are home during the middle of football season.

Although this season isn’t going as planned (particularly the 0-5), that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy game days! Since we are all at home now enjoying a break, we can still have fun on game days with our families and friends. Here are some ways we can keep up the game day fun to try to keep the normalcy of the football season!

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Show Your PSU Pride

Although we are home, it is still fun to dress up in PSU gear for game day! It is probably tempting to just wear sweats, but wearing your favorite PSU outfit will help you show your game day spirit! Whether you’re repping your favorite player’s jersey, or just wearing your favorite comfy PSU sweatshirt, wearing PSU gear will help it feel more like game day. Encourage your family members to also wear their Penn State gear as well!

Photo from @valleymag on Instagram, featuring @bricreateit
Have a Tailgate

Just because we can’t be at Beaver Stadium doesn’t mean you and you’re family can’t tailgate from home! This is the perfect time to make your favorite tailgate recipes from your own kitchen. Whether you’re with home friends, family, or by yourself, treat yourself to some yummy game day snacks! Eating snacks and watching the game is the perfect way to lift your spirits. Here are some of my favorite tailgate snacks and links on how to make them!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe - The Girl Who Ate Everything

Chips and Guac

S’mores Dip

Have a friend Zoom Call!

If you can’t be with your Penn State friends on game day, that’s okay! Create a video call with your friends, that way you can all watch the game together. This way you can all have real-time reactions as you are watching the game while spending time together. It won’t be as fun as if you were all together in person, but it beats the alternative!

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While nothing can fully replace a game day in Happy Valley, VALLEY hopes this will create a sense of normalcy when watching Penn State football. Fingers crossed this is just a temporary thing, and we can all be back in Beaver Stadium next year! GO STATE!


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