Penn State Announces 2019 Game Themes

By Matthew Filipovits on April 22, 2019 at 8:43 am
Sep 29, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Fireworks go off inside of Beaver Stadium prior to the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Ohio State defeated Penn State 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State football has announced the gameday themes for this season's seven home games.

The Nittany Lions home opener on August 31 against Idaho will once again be Youth Sports Day. Pre-game youth basketball, football, cheerleading, and dance clinics will be held.

It's a jam-packed slate when the Buffalo Bulls come to town on September 7. The sixth-annual Blue Band Jam will take place prior to the game. The game will be the annual THON game, as well as Scout Day, where boy scouts and girl scouts will be invited to a pre-game fair. The 1994 team will be honored as we hit the 25-year anniversary of their undefeated season. Led by Kerry Collins and Ki-Jana Carter, the '94 Nittany Lions are looked at as one of the best teams in school history.

The Stripe Out will return for a fourth straight year when the Pitt Panthers come to Happy Valley on September 14. The Stripe Out always looks great under the lights, so here's hoping we get some primetime football. Personally, I would love to see the game start at 5:09, or as it's better known 51 to 6. 

The fantastic 'Generations of Greatness' uniforms will return on October 5, when the Nittany Lions host Purdue for Homecoming. Martha and Paul Sharkey, founders of Today is a Good Day, a nonprofit organization that supports families with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), were named Grand Marshalls earlier this month.

As we all expected, the annual Whiteout will take place on October 19, when the Michigan Wolverines come to town. It's a great opportunity for some revenge against Jim Harbaugh's squad, after the beating they put on the Nittany Lions in the Big House last year. Another pummeling of our own a la 2017 would be a welcome sight. It's also the first trip to Beaver Stadium former Penn State receivers coach turned Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis.

Indiana's visit to State College on November 16 will be the backdrop for this year's Military Appreciation Day. Service members will be honored during the game and will also be able to receive free tickets. 

The Nittany Lions will close out the regular season on November 30, when Rutgers will come to town for Senior Day. It's always a great day to honor the players who have given so much to the University over their time here, so it'll be even better to watch them demolish Rutgers and end their Beaver Stadium careers on a high note.