The grass lots around Beaver Stadium allow for miles of tailgating.Penn State tailgaters are welcoming and love to share stories, food, and beverage with tailgaters around them. The town, University Park, draws over 200,000 people to the game, creating a huge community of college football fans. The entire state flocks to State College on Saturdays, except for the areas around Pitt. Here you’ll find one of the biggest tailgates you will ever see in your life that has a little bit of something for everyone with an electric atmosphere, party scene, and a family friendly relaxed crowd all rolled into one area.
If you’re looking for some live music to kick your day off, look no further than the band practice each gameday morning. The marching band holds a rehearsal session 3-4 hours before kickoff where it marches from the band building to the Bryce Jordan Center. The cheerleaders, dance team and Penn State celebrities often attend this performance. You may even get to see the drum major practicing his signature flip.
The best time of year to visit Penn State is big rivalry games against teams like Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan State and last but not least against Pittsburgh for the in-state rivalry game. Most of these games happen towards the end of the season, however, if you want to experience beautiful weather, then you may want to try and attend a game earlier in the season. Regardless of when you go, though, you’ll have a great time tailgating before a Nittany Lions game.
This student tradition of camping out in front of Beaver Stadium before home football games has been a part of the Penn State student body since the 2005 season. Students will camp out to hold their position in line for a front row seat inside Beaver Stadium. Football players, the band, local food vendors, and even the coaching staff will frequent Nittanyville to pump up students during their campoutWatch video
The band rehearses inside the Bryce Jordan Center three to four hours, offering you a great chance to get a sneak peek at their in game performance. You wouldn’t want to miss out on this preview, so head on down to the Bryce Jordan Center a few hours before kickoff.Watch video
Street Fest Fan Zone
If you’re looking for a more organized spot for tailgate fun look no further than the Street Fest Fan Zone. The Penn State Sports Network pre-game radio show broadcasts live from this organized tailgate, which offers food from various vendors and interactive games. It opens three hours before kickoff along Curtin Road between University Drive and Porter Road.Watch video
Where to tailgate
Intramural FieldsThe intramural fields that are in the surrounding area of the stadium are open to anyone and everyone on game day. They operate on a first come, first serve basis so make sure to get there early if you want a good spot!
NitannyvilleIf you want to ensure you get a great spot for the game you may want to arrive early and stake your claim in Nittanyville. This Penn State University club is dedicated to camping out days before the game. Students who are a part of this club can leave the line to go to class, but they must stay in their tent outside Gate A at night to hold their spot and has become a big part of game day for PSU students.
Street Fest Fan ZoneIf you’re looking for a more organized spot for tailgate fun look no further than the Street Fest Fan Zone. The Penn State Sports Network pre-game radio show broadcasts live from this organized tailgate, which offers food from various vendors and interactive games. It opens three hours before kickoff along Curtin Road between University Drive and Porter Road.