The Penn State Alumni Association’s first away game football tour will
feature both the fun and excitement of a weekend in Chicago and the football
traditions of one of the great football rivalries—Penn State versus Notre
Dame. Guests will enjoy sumptuous accommodations, cultural activities, great
food, breathtaking architecture, and chartered luxury train transportation to
and from the Nittany Lions game and pep rally.
A partnership between the Penn State Alumni Association and Dodds Athletic
Tours, the three-night tour package Sept. 7-10 includes tickets to the Notre
Dame game, accommodations at the four-star Westin Chicago River North, an Alumni
Association reception at the House of Blues, full breakfast daily, special admittance
to the Penn State Alumni Association Pep Rally, and the piece de resistance:
a round-trip charter “Nittany Lion Express” train excursion to and
from South Bend, Ind., on game day.
A special optional tour of Chicago's architectural highlights by Arthur K. Anderson
Jr. ’56, emeritus professor of architecture at Penn State, will include
the acclaimed Rookery (Burnham & Root 1886 with lobby by Frank Lloyd Wright
1905), the Chicago Cultural Center (Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge 1897), Millennium
Park (Gehry 2003), and much more.
The first of what may become a growing tradition, the inaugural away game weekend
excursion in Chicago will mark the first away game of the 2006 season—a
long-awaited match against former football foe Notre Dame (a team the Lions
haven’t played since their entry into the Big Ten in 1993).
Penn State’s last game against Notre Dame on Nov. 14, 1992 was a snow-laden
spar that went down in history among Fighting Irish Fans for a one-point win
in the final seconds of the game. On that day, Penn State and Notre Dame froze
a rivalry dating back to 1913 with 8 wins, 8 losses, and 1 tie. For many Nittany
Lions fans, this September’s game is a long-awaited rematch and is sure
to produce a strong alumni turnout.
Accommodations can be made for alumni with game tickets. Also, a limited number
of two-day packages are available. Travel to and from Chicago is not included;
however Dodds Athletic Tours is available to assist in making travel arrangements.
For more details about the Away Game Weekend Excursion to Chicago or to register,
visit www.doddsathletictours.com/pennstate/weekend or call toll-free 866-373-7370.