Nittany Lion student section ranked nation's best

August 16, 2008

University Park, Pa. – Add ESPN The Magazine to the list of national media that agree with what Penn State football fans already knew – the Nittany Lions' student section is the nation's best.
In the magazine's Aug. 25 issue, the loud-and-proud Penn State student section dominated the categories the publication ranked to earn distinction as the nation's Best Overall student section. The Nittany Lions' enthusiastic and passionate fanatics also earned the No. 1 ranking for "Most Fun," No. 2 for "Most Creative " and No. 4 for "Loudest" student sections in the nation.
During the 2005 season, ESPN College Gameday declared the Penn State student section the nation's best.
Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN/ABC college football analyst and a member of the College Gameday crew, was effusive in his comments about the Nittany Lions' student section in the ESPN The Magazine story.
"The coordination is off the charts. They raise the bar every year," said Herbstreit, who has witnessed several games in Beaver Stadium the past three years. "Between the White Out and the music they pump in, it's a festival atmosphere."
"If you aren't impressed with the White Out, you're probably one of those people who think the moon landing was faked," joked ESPN's Beano Cook in the story.
More than 21,000 Penn State students have season football tickets, the largest full season student section nationwide in college sports. The enthusiasm for Penn State football saw all 21,000-plus student season tickets sell out in a record 59 minutes in 2007, prompting the creation of a student ticket week this past June. More than 15,000 student season tickets for freshmen, sophomores and juniors sold out in approximately three minutes during each sale.
More than 93,000 season tickets have been sold for the upcoming season in Beaver Stadium, that has a capacity of 107,282.
Penn State Football Eve will launch the season on Friday, Aug. 29, with activities starting at 6 p.m. outside Beaver Stadium. The program inside the stadium starts at 7:45 p.m. featuring the Blue Band, cheerleaders, dance team and videos. The seniors will be introduced and after Coach Joe Paterno's address to the crowd, a new stadium video will be unveiled. The event and parking are free.

The Nittany Lions open their 122nd season on Aug. 30, hosting Coastal Carolina at noon. The contest will air on the Big Ten Network, the Penn State Sports Network and, the official Web site of Penn State Athletics.

  • The White Out is one part of why Penn State's student section has been tabbed the best in the nation

    IMAGE: Annemarie Mountz

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