Penn State Announces Whiteout For Alabama Game

Penn State today announced its promotion schedule for football, with a Sept. 10 “Whitehouse” game vs. Alabama the jewel of the season at Beaver Stadium. The final home game, against Nebraska, also is a big one.

After a 2010 home slate that didn’t include an all-stadium “White House,” Paternoville President John Tecce (junior-marketing) said he couldn’t be more excited to bring one of Penn State’s most recognizable traditions back to Happy Valley.

“The Alabama game is something that we’ve been talking about since we were freshmen,” Tecce said. “This just adds kind of a hype to it. The newfound tradition means more than simply the entire crowd dressing in white, Tecce said. When nearly 110,000 fans are white-clad and cheering on the Lions, it brings even more unity to a stadium that prides itself on having some of the best college football fans in the nation. It’s not necessarily something that you just do just for the sake of doing it once a year. And after having basically a two-year hiatus, it’s going to be pretty crazy.”

The first-ever, all-stadium “White House” came in 2007 against Notre Dame in a 31-10 Lions’ win. Subsequent whiteouts have come in 2008 in a 38-24 Lions victory over Illinois and in 2009 in a 21-10 loss to Iowa.

The special dates on the home schedule, which celebrates 125 years of Penn State football:

Sept. 10 vs. Alabama: Whitehouse game. People are encouraged to wear white.

Sept. 24 vs. Eastern Michigan: Jersey day. Fans are encouraged to wear the jersey of their all-time favorite Penn State player. (My favorites include Curt Warner, Blair Thomas and John Cappelletti.)

Oct. 15 vs. Purdue: Homecoming.

Oct. 29 vs. Illinois: Champs Day. Penn State will honor individual and team champions from the 2010-11 school year, which includes two national title teams in wrestling and women’s volleyball.

Nov. 12 vs. Nebraska: Senior Day. (As always, seniors will be introduced on Senior Day.)



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