Nittany Lion football approaches complete sellout for 2006 home season

July 13, 2006

University Park, Pa. -- Don't try telling the Penn State athletic ticket office that June and July are off-season months for Nittany Lion football, now on the verge of a complete 2006 home season sellout.

With more than 90,000 season tickets accounted for and student and Nittany Lion Club ticket sales hitting record high numbers in record times, Penn State fans have assured that Beaver Stadium will host some of the largest football crowds in America this fall.

The tremendous demand for tickets to watch the Nittany Lions has resulted in sellouts of all four Big Ten home games, as well as the contest with Youngstown State (Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m.). Tickets have been exhausted for Penn State's conference home games with Northwestern (Sept. 30), Michigan (Oct. 14, 8 p.m.), Illinois (Oct. 21-Homecoming) and the Senior Day battle with Michigan State (Nov. 18), with the winner claiming the Land Grant Trophy.

Limited tickets remain for two home games, the Sept. 2 season opener with Akron at 3:30 p.m. and the Nov. 11 contest with Temple. Tickets for both games are on sale exclusively at online.

Phone orders, counter and group sales for Akron and Temple will take place only if tickets remain as of July 20. Phone and counter sales will begin Friday, July 21 at 8 a.m. if tickets remain. The numbers to call are: 814-865-5555 or 800-863-3336 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A limited number of club seats remain for the 2006 season. For information on club seats, interested fans can call Bob White at 1-800-NITTANY (1-800-648-8269).

The anticipation of the upcoming season has also resulted in a strong demand for tickets to the Nittany Lions' five away games. Penn State's allotments for the Notre Dame (Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m.) and Ohio State (Sept. 23) games are sold out, with unprecedented demand for both clashes from Nittany Lion fans.

Tickets remain for three of Penn State's Big Ten away games: Minnesota (Oct. 7), Purdue (Oct. 28) and Wisconsin (Nov. 4). Phone orders and counter sales for all three games will begin July 21 at 8 a.m.

The excitement for the 2006 football season pushed Penn State season tickets beyond 90,000. Penn State students sold out their 21,000 season tickets in a record 13 days. The 90,000 total is the highest since 2001, the Nittany Lions' first season in an expanded Beaver Stadium, which has a capacity of 107,282, second-largest in the nation.

More than 98 percent of current season ticket holders are returning to Beaver Stadium this fall, the highest renewal rate since the 2001 campaign.

Membership in the Nittany Lion Club has grown to more than 20,000 with the addition of over 2,000 new members during the past six months. The new Nittany Lion Club members have purchased in excess of 5,000 new season tickets for the 2006 campaign, Joe Paterno's 41st as head coach.

Paterno's squad returns 34 letterwinners and 11 starters for this season, including returning All-Americans and 2006 co-captains Paul Posluszny and Levi Brown and 2005 All-Big Ten selections Jay Alford and Tony Hunt. Paterno recently was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and will be inducted in December.

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated March 19, 2009