Our Big Ten Champion and No. 8 (BCS) Nittany Lions will play the No. 5 (BCS) USC Trojans
in the New Year’s Day contest. And Penn Staters are excited about this matchup.
In fact, more than 2,000 alumni and Penn State fans have filled the various
tour packages of the Alumni Association’s Official Penn State Bowl Tour, and
many more Nittany Lion fans will be making their way to California on their
own or with other tours.
All Penn State fans traveling west for the Rose Bowl are welcome to attend
these big events on Wednesday, Dec. 31:
Rose Bowl Kickoff Luncheon
The Rose Bowl Kickoff Luncheon is a high-energy event featuring celebrity
sportscasters, Coach Joe Paterno, USC Coach Pete Carroll, football players,
marching bands, and pep squads—and this year's Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction
Ceremony. The luncheon begins at noon, and all attendees receive a unique,
commemorative favor. The cost is $85. To buy tickets or for more information,
Penn State Pep Rally
The free pep rally will feature Nittany Lion football players, the Blue Band,
cheerleaders, the Lion, legendary coach Joe Paterno, and more. The pep rally
program will begin at 3:30 p.m. PST, at a location to be announced.
The Tournament of Roses has dozens of other events, including the Rose Bowl
Parade, for visitors to enjoy. For more information on Rose Bowl events, visit
the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Web site at www.tournamentofroses.com.
This year’s Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi marks Penn State’s third appearance in the bowl
known as “the granddaddy of them all” and second appearance since joining the
Big Ten. Built in 1922, the Rose Bowl is a National Historic Landmark that
has hosted five Super Bowls, two World Cup Soccer Championships (men’s and
women’s), Olympic events in 1932 and 1984, and two National Championship games
under the BCS. The Rose Bowl seating capacity is 90,000-plus.
For information on the Alumni
Association’s Official Bowl Tour, including game-day packages that include
a game ticket, click here. Information on obtaining tickets
through Penn State is up on Penn State’s sports Web site.