Themed gamedays set for Nittany Lion contests in Beaver Stadium

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State on Thursday (June 19) announced themed gamedays for all 2014 Nittany Lion football home contests, including a reunion of the undefeated 1994 Big Ten Championship squad at the Sept. 6 home opener.

More than 4,000 new Penn State football season tickets have been sold for the 2014 campaign, James Franklin's first as the Nittany Lions' head coach. There again was no increase in season ticket prices for Penn State football for the upcoming season.

Fans are now able to purchase Penn State football season tickets and make their Nittany Lion Club donation online at GoPSUsports.com/seasontickets, while choosing their own seats by utilizing Virtual Venue. New season tickets also are available by calling 1-800-NITTANY, weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Nittany Lion Club members are able to purchase home and apply for away single game football tickets via their Account Manager at www.GoPSUsports.com/accountmanager. Public single game tickets, if available, will not go on sale until mid-July, with the date to be announced.

Group single ticket sales, for groups of 20 or more, are available now by calling 1-800-NITTANY.

Akron, Sept. 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 of the Akron game, 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 Nittany Lions broke the Big Ten record by averaging 48.1 points in conference play, a mark that still stands.

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, Sept. 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, Sept. 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. The annual Homecoming Parade will be held on campus and downtown State College on Friday night, Sept. 26.

Also, a Varsity "S" tunnel will take place for team entrance against the Wildcats, with hundreds of former student-athletes lining up on the field just prior to kickoff.

Ohio State, Oct. 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, is scheduled against the East Division rival Buckeyes. All fans are encouraged to sport white attire to ensure a Penn State White Out for the primetime clash. The official White Out T-shirt can be purchased at the Penn State Bookstore this summer. A Penn State Football Letterman's Club tunnel will take place for team entrance.

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, Nov. 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.

THON will present the logo for the 2015 Dance Marathon and the final total amount raised in the 2013-14 academic year. THON teams will can inside the gates of Beaver Stadium to raise money for THON 2015 in February.

A celebration of all Commonwealth campuses will occur as the Nittany Lions host the Terrapins, in the first of annual meetings as Big Ten East Division rivals. Two students from each of Penn State's 24 campuses will proudly represent their campus by carrying its banner onto the field during halftime.

Temple, Nov. 15, TBA: Military Appreciation Day and Parade of Champions Penn State fans are encouraged to 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.

The Temple game also includes the "Parade of Champions," a celebration of team and individual successes from the 2013-14 season. Penn State won NCAA Championships in fencing, women's volleyball and wrestling, its most NCAA titles since 1999-2000. For the second consecutive year, the Nittany Lions won a school record eight Big Ten Championships.

Michigan State, Nov. 29, TBA: Senior Day and Blue Out
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.

The Michigan State game also is a Blue Out game. Fans are encouraged to wear blue attire to support Prevent Child Abuse PA. Official Blue Out shirts can be purchased at the Penn State Bookstore and other downtown outlets later this summer, with proceeds going to 

Prevent Child Abuse PA.

The Recent Graduate ticket program gives Penn State graduates who earned an undergraduate degree from 2010-14 at any campus the opportunity to purchase up to two season tickets for $300 per ticket for the seven-game home schedule this fall. The cost includes a $50 donation to the Nittany Lion Club and is a savings of 35 percent from the regular $460 season ticket price ($360 + $100 NLC donation).

More than 600 Recent Graduate program season tickets have been sold. Interested recent graduates can call 1-800-NITTANY, weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Franklin was named Penn State's 16th head football coach on January 11. A product of Langhorne, Pa., Franklin led Vanderbilt University to unprecedented success the past three years as head coach, including consecutive nine-win seasons and bowl victories the past two years, as well as back-to-back Top 25 finishes, all for the first time in Vanderbilt history.

Penn State returns 40 letterwinners and 15 starters (7 offense, 7 defense, 1 specialist) for the upcoming season, which begins Aug. 30 vs. UCF in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. Penn State Football is on Twitter (@PennStateFball) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/PSUFball).  

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Last Updated June 20, 2014