Are you ready for some football?
How about a tennis match? Some golf? A softball game? Lacrosse? Buckle up, because all that and more is happening in Happy Valley starting Friday.
The heart of it all is the Blue-White game, the annual Penn State versus Penn State football event where fans get a chance to see the Nittany Lions take the field for one last time before the school year ends.
But over the years, this souped-up scrimmage has evolved into so much more.
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“Blue-White Weekend is Penn State’s unofficial spring homecoming and family reunion,” said Jeff Nelson, spokesman for Penn State’s Intercollegiate Athletics. “The Blue-White football game remains the main attraction, but the entire weekend has evolved into a tremendous opportunity for alumni and fans of all ages to come back to campus and State College and see friends and family.”
Events kick off this year with the women’s tennis team challenging Northwestern at 4:30 p.m., then the softball team taking on Maryland at 6 p.m.
Oh, the only sport that interests you is football ... or tailgating? Let’s see if we can interest you in a little music. Luke Bryan’s “Kill the Lights” tour will be at the Bryce Jordan Center at 7:30 p.m.
But Saturday’s the main event, right? Well, the game itself doesn’t start until 2 p.m. The fun, that starts around 8 a.m., when the Beaver Stadium parking lots open for tailgating. That’s also when the Rutherford Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament brings 11 teams together on the Blue Course.
OK, sure, but what about kids? What about your basic everyday football fan? Well, hold on. At 9 a.m., the Fan Festival opens on Curtin Road, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Family Fun Zone happens at Holuba Hall.
Now, if all you are waiting for is football players, that happens, too. The bus arrives at Curtin and Porter roads at 10:30 a.m. Players will sign autographs from 11:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. (Hoping for a favorite player who has gone on to the NFL? Super Bowl record setter and Denver Bronco Jordan Norwood will be signing at the Family Clothesline from 10 a.m. to noon.)
Saturday’s fun doesn’t end with the football game. The softball team meets Maryland at 4 p.m.
“We’re excited to have several teams competing at home this weekend, in addition to the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run and the concerts in the Bryce Jordan Center, so there is plenty to do throughout Blue-White Weekend,” Nelson said.
Oh, right. The run, because the weekend doesn’t end on Saturday. Sunday’s events include more golf as the Rutherford continues at 8 a.m., women’s tennis versus Illinois at 11 a.m. and that Beaver Stadium run kicks off at 11 a.m. Participants will run (or walk) from Bryce Jordan Center, around campus, ending with a rare dash through the players tunnel into Beaver Stadium.
There’s also more softball against Maryland at 1 p.m., and men’s lacrosse takes on Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m.
▪ Women’s tennis vs. Northwestern, 4:30 p.m.
▪ Softball vs. Maryland, 6 p.m.
▪ Luke Brian “Kill the Lights” tour, 7:30 p.m.
▪ Tailgating opens, 8 a.m.
▪ Men’s golf tournament, 8 a.m.
▪ Fan Festival on Curtin Road, 9 a.m.
▪ Family Fun Zone at Holuba Hall, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
▪ Players arrive, 10:30 a.m.
▪ Player autograph session, 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
▪ Blue-White game, 2 p.m.
▪ Softball vs. Maryland, 4 p.m.
▪ Men’s golf tournament, 8 a.m.
▪ Women’s tennis vs. Illinois, 11 a.m.
▪ Beaver Stadium run, 11 a.m.
▪ Softball vs. Maryland, 1 p.m.
▪ Men’s lacrosse vs. Johns Hopkins, 7 p.m.