Pep rally, alumni event to fire up Penn Staters in Columbus

November 09, 2010

Leading up to the Big Ten clash between Penn State and Ohio State, the Nittany Nation will gather in Columbus, Ohio, for a game-day pep rally and a Friday night tailgate, Nov. 12 and 13.

Alumni and fans can get pumped up for the game at the Penn State pep rally, organized by the Penn State Alumni Association. The pep rally, featuring members of the Penn State Blue Band, the Nittany Lion, cheerleaders, and some rallying words from President Graham Spanier and Alumni Association Executive Director Roger Williams, will take place in a tent behind the Fawcett Conference Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road on the Ohio State campus. The pep rally tent opens at 12:30 p.m., and the program begins at 1:30 p.m. local time.

Friday night, fans can gather at a Friday Night Tailgate, co-sponsored by the Central Ohio Chapter and the Penn State Alumni Association. The tailgate will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 12, at the Quaker Steak and Lube, 8500 Lyra Drive in Columbus, and will include visits from Penn State cheerleaders and the Nittany Lion. Tickets are $20 at the door and benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund.

The last pep rally of the season is planned for the Penn State-Indiana game on Nov. 20 at the Bud Light Pavilion, between Gates F and G of FedEx Field, Landover, Md. Friday night tailgates are scheduled at the Sign of the Whale, 1825 M St. NW in Washington, D.C., and at Looney's Pub, 8180 Maple Lawn Blvd., in Fulton, Md.

All pep rallies open three hours prior to kickoff, and the pep rally program begins two hours before kickoff. Pep rallies are free and open to all Penn State alumni and Nittany Lion fans, who also are welcome at Friday night events. For more information on pep rallies and other events, go to or call 800-548-LION (5466).

  • Fans show support for the Penn State Nittany Lion football team during a pep rally at Miami Beach Convention Center before the Orange Bowl in 2006.

    IMAGE: Steve Manuel

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Last Updated November 18, 2010