How to Make 2020 Game Days Rock

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The day we’ve all been waiting for is quickly approaching. The Penn State Nittany Lions kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 against the Indiana University Hoosiers at Indiana’s Memorial Stadium. While this year is a little different, with stadium attendance and tailgating prohibited, VALLEY has created a guide to making the most of every game this season. Here’s how to have a COVID-friendly, socially distanced watch party at home with roommates or friends in your quarantine bubble. Let’s go State!

How to Watch

The upcoming game is airing on Fox Sports 1, which you can watch on cable or through multiple streaming services. You can start a seven-day trial for Hulu + Live TV or fuboTV if you would like to access the game for free.

Keep it Safe

To keep your watch party COVID-free, limit the number of people you have over, watch with friends through Zoom or FaceTime, or set up a projector to watch outside with socially distanced seating.

To keep your food and drinks safe, try portioning your appetizers out ahead of time so friends can grab what they want quickly, without having to touch a serving spoon. Have Sharpies on hand and have friends write their names on their cups or cans to ensure no one mixes up drinks.

Tips and Tricks

Have a playlist and speaker ready for commercial breaks to keep the fun going all day long.

Make sure your bathroom is stocked with bathroom tissue and lots of soap and hand sanitizer.

Ask friends to bring fold-out chairs if you’re hosting outside so that everyone has somewhere comfortable to sit and enjoy the game.

Set up games like cornhole, KanJam or giant Jenga for any friends that aren’t as interested in football but still want to socialize.

Food and Drink

As we all know, it wouldn’t be game day without some good eats. Try these recipes to keep you satisfied all game long.

Copycat Chipotle Guacamole

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

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White Chicken Chili

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Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

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Warm Cheddar Corn Dip

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Slutty Brownie Cups

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Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Harvest Punch (with alcohol)*

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Fall Party Punch (non-alcoholic)

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If you follow these tips and tricks and try out a few of the recipes, you’re sure to have a safe and fun game day that rivals the best tailgate parties.

*VALLEY does not support underage drinking. Please remember to always drink responsibly.


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