It’s been six years since the Blue-White Game set an attendance record in Beaver Stadium.
Could a later start time and even more fan-friendly events help put Penn State over the top on April 18?
The annual scrimmage that signals the end of spring practice drew an estimated 76,500 non-paying fans on a summer-like afternoon in 2009. Now, head coach James Franklin has pushed back the game time (4 p.m.) and has added a “family fun zone” in Holuba Hall (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
James Franklin will meet-and-greet Penn State fans before the Blue-White Game on April 18.
Last year, 72,000 fans showed up for Franklin’s spring debut on another warm, dry day — the second-largest spring game crowd in the nation, behind only Alabama.
As always, this year’s Blue-White Game has no admission or parking fee. The overnight RV lot will open at 8 a.m. on April 17 ($60, cash only) with Beaver Stadium lots opening at 8 a.m. on game day. Stadium gates A and B will open at 1 p.m. with all remaining lots opening at 2:30 p.m.
The blue bus with Franklin and his players is scheduled to arrive at 12:45 p.m. at the corner of Curtin and Porter roads. The popular autograph session with the Nittany Lions will be held from 1:15 to 2 p.m. in Beaver Stadium. The players will be permitted to sign one item per person.
Penn State’s football game day fan festival returns on Curtin Road with vendors and interactive events for kids (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
The “Family Fun Zone” is new this year in Holuba Hall. There will be game stations run by Penn State teams, live entertainment, mascot appearances, inflatables, free face painting, food and beverages, merchandise and novelty stations.
The season-opener against Temple is Sept. 5 at Lincoln Financial Field.