Winner named in Facebook contest for football tickets, hotel room

September 09, 2009

Close to 400 fans posted their stories about memorable Penn State football games. It wasn't easy to choose, but we finally whittled down the list and settled on our favorite story. Who can forget the "Snow Bowl" of 1995? An early winter storm dumped 17 inches of heavy, wet snow on University Park, just three days before Penn State was to play Michigan in Beaver Stadium. It took more than 300 people working around the clock for two and a half days to remove an estimated 3,000 tons of snow from the field and stands so the game could be held. Since fields surrounding the stadium could not be used for parking, several local businesses allowed their parking lots to be used as satellite parking areas and buses shuttled fans to the game. In spite of the hardships, 80,000 faithful braved the conditions and made their way to Beaver Stadium, to watch No. 19 Penn State down No. 13 Michigan by a score of 27-17.

Lori Williams certainly remembers that game, and her recounting of her experiences getting to Beaver Stadium that day have won her two tickets to the Sept. 19 Penn State-Temple game, along with free accommodations at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Lori's winning entry:

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PSU v Michigan--Snow Bowl!! We left from Scranton, Pa at 2:00 a.m to try and beat the storm, only to drive into it!! got stuck on 80 for hours, Dad grabbed a side road, thought that was it we were getting stuck!! Nope, smooth sailing all the way to the parking garage next to the computer building. We all grabbed our sleeping bags and tried to catch some zzz's but never happened, we were to hyped. We walked downtown, everything cleared pretty good, Shopped, ate, moseyed all over campus. Then the game, WOW the motorhome lot was empty!!! it was like walking through a white desert!!! for as far as the eyes can see!! there was sooo much snow they couldn't get the lots cleared!! it was freaky!! but then we went into the game. We had to dig holes to put our feet in in order to sit down!! It continued snowing throughout the game which from WD row 72 at times made it difficult to see the field! but it was so worth it and so much fun!!! Best time I had in 40 years of goin to games!!

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Lori and her guest should have better weather in which to enjoy their free tickets to the Temple game, scheduled for Sept. 19, and with their complimentary stay at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel they'll definitely enjoy better accommodations than they did in 1995 when they tried to sleep in their car in Eisenhower Parking Deck.

We would like to thank everyone who participated. Your stories took us for a long, enjoyable walk down memory lane. Those who didn't win but are planning to come to Happy Valley for the game still can book a room at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. The Penn Stater has some rooms still available for the Syracuse, Temple and Indiana games. An overnight stay at the Penn Stater gets you free round-trip bus transportation to the game as well -- that's a deal that's hard to pass up. To reserve your room at the Penn Stater, go to online.

  • In lieu of their usual morning workout, the Marine Corps ROTC unit at the University Park campus reported for duty at Beaver Stadium Friday, Nov. 17, 1995, to help shovel out the stands. This photo was the centerpiece of a two-page spread in Intercom, Penn State’s faculty/staff newspaper, the week following the game now known as the Snow Bowl.

    IMAGE: Annemarie Mountz
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