It’s tough to be blue and white in a sea of Orangemen or red Buckeyes or yellow Hawkeyes. So when the Penn State football team is on the road this fall, the Nittany Lion faithful can gather together at game-day pep rallies organized by the Penn State Alumni Association.
The first pep rally will be in Syracuse, N.Y., on Sept. 13 in a tent on Hendricks Field, across Forestry Drive from the Carrier Dome. Like all Penn State Alumni Association pep rallies, the Syracuse pep rally will feature the Pep Band, the Nittany Lion, cheerleaders, and some rallying words from Penn State President Graham Spanier and Alumni Association Executive Director Roger Williams. The pep rally tent will open at 12:30 p.m., with the rally itself beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Local alumni chapters often team up with the Penn State Alumni Association to host events on the Friday preceding Saturday’s game. For the first away game, the Syracuse and Vermont Chapters will be hosting a Penn State Tailgate 4:30–9:00 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Barking Gull on Onondaga Lake in nearby Liverpool, N.Y. The cost is $27 per person. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 5. For more information on this chapter event, go to the chapter’s Web site.
The other four Penn State pep rallies also will be in tents close to the football stadiums. The pep rallies, their start times, and locations are:
Oct. 4, Time TBA, Purdue
Location: Tent City at Rankin Track and Field, southwest of the stadium near Lambert Field, West Lafayette, Ind.;
Oct. 11, 3:00 p.m. Central Time, Wisconsin
Location: Lot 60, west end of campus under a tent near Lake Mendota, Madison, Wis.;
Oct. 25, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Ohio State
Location: Adjacent to the southeast corner of Fawcett Conference Center, 2400 Olentangy Road, Columbus, Ohio;
Nov. 8, Time TBA, Iowa
Location: Hawkeye Village on the original Grant Field, adjacent to the Kenyon Practice Facility, Iowa City, Iowa.
All pep rally tents open three hours prior to kickoff and are free to Penn State alumni and Nittany Lion fans. No reservations are needed.
The away game pep rallies are sponsored in part by the Alumni Association's business partner Bank of America. For more info on pep rallies, visit the Alumni Association’s Web site at www.alumni.psu.edu/events/pep/ or call 800-546-LION (5466).