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Heading up to my first game in Happy Valley this weekend - any tips or must sees? Always enjoy seeing new places, but Beaver Stadium has always been on to-see list. Also any more idea on Mauti? Saw the team statement didn't really give any details, but figured you guys might have some additional info. Thanks and go Penn State!
This post was edited by BoomerVT 17 months ago
Definitely check out the creamery (I know its kind of cold for ice cream but its definitely a State College staple). The town is pretty dead from what I hear this week due to the holidays. Still should be a good time! Have fun!
Mauti is still waiting on an answer. Hopefully it isn't too bad.
Downtown is pretty dead right now as all the students are on break. If you go on gameday though, that won't be a problem. Just check out the campus and downtown and you will see plenty of cool things. I'm not sure if you have ever been to UNC, but the downtown/campus is a bit similar in the the campus sits above the downtown strip only PSU's is a bit bigger with more to do.
Have definitely heard of the Creamery, will definitely be stopping there (although probably on Sunday, heard its crazy on Gamedays). I've been to some other big stadiums like Ohio St, Clemson, UVa (HAH, just kidding), so I'm looking forward to seeing how it stacks up. With no bowl game, hoping that you guys can end the year strong for the seniors and Bill O'Brien - as an outsider I could not have been more impressed with him.
Unfortunately, it won't be the best atmosphere since the students won't be back yet from break. Expect 90-95k.
Is that standard for the game after Thanksgiving or just this year given the current circumstances? Our game after Thanksgiving is always with UVa so its always full, only reason I won't be there this year is I'll because of boyfriend duties that are taking me to the area.
Enjoy your first game in Beaver Stadium!
Hitting up the Lion Shrine at the complete opposite end/corner of campus from Beaver Stadium is a must. Also, the creamery, like already mentioned too. Shops downtown. Old Main. If it wasn't going to be cold, I'd suggest the Arboretum as well.
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This is the first time in a long time, maybe ever, that we are having a home game after Thanksgiving. Last year we traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to take on the Badgers two days after Turkey day. I think it has more to do with it being Thanksgiving break than the circumstances. The students have been showing up all year long.
Two years ago we had game after Thanksgiving. Students are away for the most part until Sunday. Have heard they are opening the dorms early for students to come back early to go to game. It is mostly due to the Thanksgiving break. Dress warm, gonna be cold with some snow showers. Have fun!!
Lion Shrine is a must see though BoomerVT.
Dress warm, supposed to be high of 38 and snow showers.
Thanks for the heads up, thankfully 4 years going to games in Blacksburg prepared me for the cold - especially the wind which I hear is another thing we share in common.
Obviously you should check out the 247Tailgate... :)
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Didn't want to start a new thread for a simple question. What time will the blue buses come up to the stadium? I figure since its senior day it would be fitting to check it out.
I posted an attachment to a website to download a PDF map of Penn State University Park, and with some other information regarding our lovely campus.
Just click on the link, then scroll down to where is says "Preview the Visitors' Guide as a PDF".
Lots of GREAT information and very clearly shows all the roads and buildings and annotates some other interesting landmarks.
There are tons of things to see around the campus. I hope you take the time to go take a look for yourself, and enjoy :)
They usually arrive 2 and 1/2 hours before gametime. So approx. 1pm.
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thanks a bunch!
after the game, the best tour of campus would be to head down curtin rd from the stadium. head to the cremery at curtin and bigler. then continue down curtin until you get to shortlidge, make a left and walk past the newer buildings by the life science building. then make a right onto pollock and walk past the HUB make a left and a right and you'll end up right in front of Old Main which is great to see at night. Then proceed past Old Main and downtown will be to your left if you want grab dinner or go right to North campus and catch one of my favorite walks past the elm trees which takes you all the way to the library. Make a left on the otherside of the library back onto curtin and that will take you to the lion shrine.
Spoken like a true tour guide.
That would be my recommended path too. Maybe after you are done at the lion shrine get on the blue loop bus(free) at the library to get downtown if you want to go there.
Thanks for all the tips, guys! Great ending to the game, and you just have to feel great for Ficken to rebound after the beginning of his year. Not to mention how much of a monster Jordan Hill was.
Walked past Old Main at night, and then went downtown to Allen Street Grill. I stuck around Sunday so I got to do the full tour thing then, hit the Creamery, Lion shrine, walked basically all of campus/downtown etc. Really huge campus, and I came away impressed with all the new buildings, as you guys are clearly on the upswing (Business building, Sciences building, Law building, etc). Not the best attended game by PSU standards from what I understand, but that just means I'll have to come back for a bigger game in the next few years. Glad both my Hokies and PSU came out with victories!
Glad you had a good time. Sticky buns at The Diner next time for you though is a MUST.
Hey Boomer, my wife is a Hokie and we used to live in Northern VA, so I've been to a lot (both good and bad) Tech games. I was at your Sugar Bowl game against Auburn a few years ago (2004?) too. Always have a great time down there too. Our schools have too many similarities and are too close to have never played. Hopefully some shit happens and we somehow end up in the same conference soon! Glad you had a good time at Penn State!
I can't stress enough how hard I was laughing at London at the end of the game.
By chance, were you in Champs around 1:00 PM on Saturday? There was a group of Hokie fans at the bar, just wondering if it was you.
Wasn't it nuts how London just let the clock run out, WITH timouts (at least one) in his pocket??? That was one of the most bizarre decisions I've ever seen.
He had two timeouts left, and could've easily had at least 40 seconds or more left to get the ball back.
Instead, being the coaching genius that he is, decided to use both of them to ice Cody Journell on what was pretty much a chip shot as time expired.
My girlfriend told me about the Sticky buns, that's definitely on the agenda for next time.
PK5 - I wasn't at Champs, but good to hear there were other Hokies in town. I was tailgating pretty close to the stadium (Yellow lot 12 I think) but I was dying having to follow the game on my phone. London just isn't a good football coach - he's a decent recruiter and a good guy, but his teams are consistently sloppy and he makes horrible decisions (time management and things like fake field goals with the wind) time and time again. He's no Al Groh, but considering he couldn't beat the worst VT team in 20 years I'm still happy with him at the helm now that the new car smell has worn off. They would have had a minute left only down by 3 if he hadn't use that timeout (granted they had a defensive TD and a short field for their only scores and only 220 total yards, but still).
I've always considered PSU to be the goal for VT to be with the whole small town, big state school, but winning the right way with an emphasis on academics which is why I would love/be conflicted if PSU came to the ACC.
Boulder - yeah we've lost a lot of our big games that I've been to recently (Boise, Alabama, Michigan, etc) so hopefully we can reverse that trend. I'm in Northern VA myself (along with a ton of other Hokies), definitely a great place to be!
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