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Attending Sporting Events at University Park: PSU Football and (Much) More

By Nancy Monarch, Parents Council Member

Penn State football team entering Beaver Stadium Field

No parent of a PSU student should let their student graduate without attending at least one home football game at Beaver Stadium.  Whether you are a fan of the gridiron, or not, the pageantry, solidarity and pride evident in Happy Valley on game day is a joyous and rollicking experience that should not be missed.

So, how do parents who are not alums or locals get tickets?  Go to the Athletic Office Website:

This page provides access to information about season tickets and single game tickets for individuals and for groups in Beaver Stadium.  Also included is a link to Ticketmaster, where you can buy tickets to away games.  Tickets for single games go on sale in July!  Tickets for “big” rivalry games, like Michigan and Ohio State are more difficult to obtain, while match-ups against less prominent adversaries are somewhat easier to find.  In any event, look early, and check the ticket exchange on the website often for sales by season ticket holders.

Be advised that football is certainly not the only exciting “game” in town.  Penn State teams dominate the league in several other sports that welcome spectators throughout the academic year.  Check out this link to view the Penn State Big Ten Championships since 1992:

Among those listed are multiple championships in wrestling, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and women’s basketball.

The following links provide guidance for parents seeking tickets to some of the more popular indoor sporting events, some of which sell out.

For ice hockey:

The Pegula Ice Arena is gorgeous, and every seat is terrific.  However single game tickets can be difficult to get for Penn State’s new team, so get online early to secure a seat for next season.  Go PSU Sports also has ticket information about women’s ice hockey at Pegula.

The Penn State Hockey team on the ice at Pegula

For wrestling:

The wrestling team is awesome, and Rec Hall is a great venue to get up close and personal with the stars.

For basketball (men and women):

Penn State Lady Lions on the court

Both teams play in the Bryce Jordan Center (BJC).  The Lady Lions are outstanding.  Tickets for both teams are usually available at the BJC on game day.

Games are at beautiful Medlar Field behind Beaver Stadium.

The PSU Athletic Office has a terrific customer relations center, operated by administrative personnel and student interns.  See below for contact information:

For other information about PSU athletic events, including team schedules, venues, parking, merchandise and policies, access the link below:

Whenever you visit your student, there is likely to be a Penn State sporting event happening on campus.  Check Go PSU Sports before you travel, and find your game.  Attending is easy, relatively inexpensive and inspiring.  Support PSU athletics and show some spirit!