Ah, football season. The time of tailgating, school pride and sore feet. Most gamedays are filled with traditions, either family or school ones, but each can differ considering what time the game starts. The beginning of the season has been made up of noon games, so if you haven’t figured it out already, without further ado, here’s how you survive.
The Morning Routine
First things first, it is a 7 a.m. wake up call. Ok fine, we will let you fall victim to the snooze button, but 8 a.m. is the absolute latest. So, you’re up, maybe still feeling good from the night before, or horrible, depending on your night. Bagel crust is the first necessity, VALLEY recommends ordering ahead so the pickup is as quick as possible. Next is drinks, lots of coffee and water (and maybe a mimosa or two). We are still early into the season, meaning the sun is still shining, especially when in Beaver, so drinking water while it’s still accessible is crucial.
Now that you’re fed and functioning (mostly), it is time to get ready. Hopefully you have had your outfit picked out for a few days now, but if not, it is time to raid your roommates’ closets. Your hair still looks great from last night, so you’re in the clear with that, and you can do your little vogue YouTube video scenario while doing your makeup to help romanticize it at this dreadful hour.
There you are, you look prepped and ready for the football game turned fashion show. The main thing to know about noon games is that it is not so much for the tailgates before the game, but after. Now I know what you’re thinking, then why did VALLEY have you get up at 7 a.m.? It’s all part of the fun, you Penn Stater.
While there have been a lot of noon games, VALLEY figures we will take the time to give a quick run through of the other game times, 3:30 or 7:30/8:00.
3:30 games are mainly ideal. You can get more than four hours of sleep and you can still be back in bed by 11:00. You can pace yourself better with drinking, and chances are the tailgates you go to will provide both lunch and dinner.
Night games are primetime games. The atmosphere is even more wild under the lights and you had all day to get yourself hyped up. You definitely do not need to wake up before ten because trust us, it will be a long day no matter what. You will be tired and dehydrated, not to mention you were sweating at noon and will be freezing in the stadium at night but seeing the game under the lights makes it all worth it. That is what Penn State football is all about. What game times do you prefer? Tweet us @VALLEYmag and let us know.