Penn State Football

Penn State football: Kickoff set for Blue-White weekend

One of the highlights of the Penn State sports calendar, the Blue-White Weekend, will get under way on Friday, April 19 with the Blue-White football game on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Kickoff for Saturday’s scrimmage is set for noon. As in previous years, there will be no admission or parking fee for the Blue-White Game. Stadium parking lots will open at 8 a.m. and stadium Gates A, B, C and E will open for fans at 10:30 a.m.

A separate autograph session with football players is in the planning for this summer, perhaps in conjunction with training camp in August, rather than the day of the Blue-White Game.

Many fan favorites will return for Blue-White Weekend, including Friday’s Wingfest and fireworks, the Nittany Lion Club’s Blue-White Event on Saturday and Sunday’s Beaver Stadium 5K Run/Family Fun Walk to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania.

A carnival, food vendors and several bands and student performers also will return throughout the weekend.

The Nittany Lion Club’s Blue-White breakfast event on April 20 will feature Coach Bill O’Brien and the Nittany Lion seniors. The Blue-White Event will be held in the Bryce Jordan Center and is open to the public. The event schedule and ticket information will be announced by early March.

Blue-White Weekend is the university’s unofficial annual spring reunion. The 2012 scrimmage drew an estimated 60,000 fans, the nation’s third-highest spring football game attendance. The Blue-White Game attracted record-breaking crowds in excess of 70,000 from 2007-09, topped by 76,500 at the 2009 contest.

Penn State returns 16 starters and 38 letterwinners for the upcoming season. The Nittany Lions will begin spring drills March 18, with the 15 practices culminating in the Blue-White Game presented by AAA on April 20.

Season tickets are available for the 2013 season. The Nittany Lions will host three teams that finished in the 2012 BCS Top 25: Michigan (Oct. 12-Homecoming), Nebraska (Nov. 23) and Kent State (Sept. 21). Purdue, Illinois, UCF and Eastern Michigan also will visit Beaver Stadium this fall. Penn State opens the season Aug. 31 vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit or call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.