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Penn State Football: Gameday Themes Set For 2014 Home Slate

by on June 19, 2014 3:55 PM

Penn State fans are already looking forward to the upcoming season and now they can get a better look at what else will be going on during gamedays for all 2014 Nittany Lion football home contests.

Two highlights will include the reunion of the undefeated 1994 Big Ten Championship squad at the Sept. 6 home opener and the annual stadium White Out against Ohio State later in the season.

Akron, September 6, TBA: Community Hero Day, 1994 Team Reunion and Scout Day

Penn State will celebrate Red, White and Blue Community Hero Day at the home opener. First responders will be celebrated and recognized throughout the game. First responders can purchase tickets for the Akron game at a reduced rate by calling 1-800-NITTANY (weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). 

At halftime, Penn State’s 1994 undefeated Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship team will be honored during its 20th reunion. The Nittany Lions featured five first-team All-Americans – Kyle Brady, Ki-Jana Carter, Kerry Collins, Bobby Engram and Jeff Hartings – and became the first Big Ten to earn a 12-0 record by beating Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

The Akron game also is Scout Day, with all Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations able to purchase tickets at a reduced rate by calling 1-800-NITTANY.

Massachusetts, September 20, TBA: Band Day and Celebration of 50 Years of Women’s Athletics at Penn State

A Penn State fan favorite returns when Band Day is held for the game with Massachusetts. In addition to the Penn State Blue Band, the UMass Minuteman Marching Band will play and additional bands may perform, with any further details to be announced during the summer.

Throughout the 2014-15 academic year, Penn State will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Women’s Athletics on the University Park campus. Some of Penn State’s current and former head coaches and student-athletes will be recognized for their accomplishments during the past 50 years of varsity women’s sports.

Northwestern, September 27, 12 p.m.: Homecoming and Alumni Band

The Alumni Blue Band will be featured as they join the Blue Band performance at halftime of the 12 p.m. Homecoming clash with Northwestern. The Homecoming court will parade onto the field and the 2014-15 King and Queen will be announced during halftime.

Ohio State, October 25, 8 p.m.: Penn State White Out and Uplifting Athletes Day

A team and fan favorite and one of the most iconic scenes in college football, the Penn State White Out. All fans are encouraged to wear white attire to ensure a Penn State White Out for the primetime clash. 

At halftime, the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will present a check to the Uplifting Athletes Organization. Since 2003, the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes has raised more than $825,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association through the Penn State Lift For Life and other events. The 2014 Lift For Life is set for July 12, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Penn State Lacrosse Field.

Maryland, November 1, TBA: All-U Day and THON Day

The Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) will be featured for the event’s amazing fundraising efforts in the fight against pediatric cancer when Maryland travels to Beaver Stadium for the first time since 1992 in its first visit as a Big Ten member. 

Temple, November 15, TBA: Military Appreciation Day and Parade of Champions

Penn State fans can purchase tickets to be donated to soldiers and their families through the “Seats for Soldiers” program. ROTC elite, active duty, Wounded Warriors and veterans will be honored for their service to our country during halftime. “Seats for Soldiers” tickets are $35 and on sale by calling 1-800-NITTANY, weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The 2014 “Seats For Soldiers” program has already produced more than 1,100 donated tickets by Penn State fans for active duty and veteran military personnel.

Michigan State, November 29, TBA: Senior Day

The season concludes with Senior Day in Beaver Stadium against the Spartans, the defending Big Ten Champions. The Nittany Lion seniors will be introduced for the final time in front of the Beaver Stadium faithful, as Penn State meets Michigan State for the first time since 2010 in the renewal of the battle for the Land Grant Trophy.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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