It is easy to be a supporting fan of Penn State football. The team carries an excellent reputation, and along with that comes even better fans — tailgates and all. All of this truly puts the “happy” in Happy Valley.
Penn State is known for its prideful fans. When walking around campus, people often scream, “We Are!” The crowds are loud and proud, no matter the sport. Regardless of the weather or the day of the week, Penn State has built an extensive fan section with its empire of students and alumni.
When football season comes around, the fans are ready to rally. Even those who have no idea what is happening in the game are still there to support the team. But when it comes to other sporting events, the teams are just as good — some are even better.
Men’s basketball is also talented here at Penn State. They have been in nine different NCAA tournaments and eleven National Invitation Tournaments. Additionally, all basketball events that happen at the university are held in the Bryce Jordan Center. The BJC can hold up to 15,261 spectators. It may not be nearly as many fans as Beaver Stadium can hold, but it still has plenty of room for a huge student section.
Men’s ice hockey is another fantastic team that represents the blue and white. Not only is ice hockey a sport requiring a lot of talent, but most people would also say it is interesting to watch. Penn State isn’t called “hockey valley” in the winter months for nothing. Hockey games are truly a unique experience!
Another team that tends to fly under the radar is wrestling. Penn State has one of the best wrestling programs in the country with a high standard of excellence. Cael Sanderson, a former Olympian, leads the team as head coach.
Women’s soccer has worked incredibly hard over the tears to earn their spot on the list of nationally ranked teams. They are also ranked number three in the state of Pennsylvania. Soccer season starts around the beginning of the fall semester, allowing fans to go support the team while the weather is still nice.
A way to stay engaged with all of the sports is by downloading the Penn State Athletics app to get updates on all upcoming sporting events. Even if you cannot physically attend the game, you can still be a fan by watching it on television or keeping up with the latest scores and updates. Even if you’re not an expert on every sport, attending is still a fun and worthwhile experience.
So rally a group of friends, start counting down the days until the next game and show your support for the blue and white. Be a part of the “We Are!”
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