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March 7, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lion Club will host its annual Blue-White Event at the Bryce Jordan Center prior to the Blue-White Game presented by AAA on Saturday, April 20. The breakfast features special guests Coach Bill O'Brien and the 2013 football senior class.
Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $20 and on sale. To purchase tickets to the Nittany Lion Club Blue-White Event, call 814-865-5555, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Blue-White Game presented by AAA will kick at 12 p.m. in Beaver Stadium and air on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com. Stadium parking lots will open at 8 a.m. and stadium gates A, B, C and E will open for fans at 10:30 a.m. As in previous years, there is no admission or parking fee for the Blue-White Game.
Doors for the Nittany Lion Club Blue-White Event will open at 8 a.m. and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m. The arena floor seating will be first-come, first-served. The event ticket includes continental breakfast, the opportunity for photos with the Nittany Lion and cheerleaders, the opportunity to talk with coaches and student-athletes from various sports and a "Back the Lions" Button Booth. Nittany Lion Club merchandise will also be available (cash or check only).
Numerous events will be held during Blue-White Weekend presented by AAA, including the 2013 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships in Rec Hall, also being held April 19-21. In addition to the men's gymnastics team, the Penn State baseball, field hockey, men's golf, softball, men's tennis, women's tennis and men's volleyball teams will be competing at home during Blue-White Weekend.
Many fan favorites will return for Blue-White Weekend presented by AAA, including Friday's Wingfest and fireworks, the Nittany Lion Club's Blue-White Event on Saturday and Sunday's Beaver Stadium 5K Run/Family Fun Walk to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania.
Blue-White Weekend is the university's unofficial annual spring reunion. The 2012 scrimmage drew an estimated 60,000 fans, the nation's third highest spring football game attendance. The Blue-White Game attracted record-breaking crowds in excess of 70,000 from 2007-09, topped by 76,500 at the 2009 contest.
In his first season as head coach, O'Brien led Penn State to wins in eight of its final 10 games, beating eventual Big Ten champion Wisconsin on Senior Day to finish 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten. O'Brien was selected the 2012 Bear Bryant, Maxwell Football Club and ESPN National Coach of the Year and the Big Ten-Dave McClain Coach of the Year. O'Brien's eight wins were the most by a first-year Penn State coach in the 126 years of the program.
Penn State returns 16 starters and 38 letterwinners for the 2013 season. The Nittany Lions begin spring drills March 18, with the 15 practices culminating in the Blue-White Game on April 20 at 12:00 p.m. in Beaver Stadium.
Season tickets are available for the 2013 campaign. The Nittany Lions will host three teams that finished in the 2012 BCS Top 25: Michigan (Oct. 12-Homecoming), Nebraska (Nov. 23) and Kent State (Sept. 21). Purdue (Nov. 16), Illinois (Nov. 2), UCF (Sept. 14) and Eastern Michigan (Sept. 7) also will visit Beaver Stadium this fall. The Nittany Lions open the season Aug. 31 vs. Syracuse in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit www.GoPSUsports.com or call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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