A Penn State Football Game (From a New Student’s Perspective)
This week I attended my first Penn State Football game, and for anyone who considers themselves a college football fan, it’s definitely an experience you’ll want to check off of your “must do” list before you die.
I awoke at 6:00am to go pick up one of my fellow MBA classmates who came to Penn State from India. He was already waiting with a coffee mug in hand, eager to find out what the American Football experience was like. After loading up a few items, we drove over to the tailgate around 6:45am and were about the 15th car in line. I couldn’t believe that people were already lining up to get their tailgate spots for the day! We drove into the tailgate grounds around 8:00am and put together the tailgate spot for the MBA class. One great advantage of being an MBA at Penn State entitles you to an absolutely free place to grab some drinks, food and hang out with some friends before the big game.
I’d approximate in the hours before the game, there were at least 30,000 people around the stadium tossing the football, listening to some pre-game music, and generally socializing and having a good time. People are so friendly that, as you walk by their tailgate, it’s common to have someone toss a football to you or share some barbecue from their grill.
At game time I was excited! A couple students and I walked into the stadium and grabbed our seats. I’d say there were about 100,000 fans in the stadium for the game. After every touchdown, students will select and raise a student into the air pushing them up to the sky for every point on the board. Student pride and spirit was all that it was hyped up to be, as ESPN once again ranked the student section as the ‘Best Student Section in the Country’ for 2007.
Getting a ticket to the Penn State football games can be tough, but is definitely doable. I recommend any potential student or college football fan make it out to Penn State for a football game; I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I traveled 2600 miles across the country from Seattle to be part of the Smeal 2009 MBA Class. Before attending Smeal, myself and two other individuals founded ShareBuilder 401k (www.sharebuilder401k.com), an all online 401k plan designed specifically for the ten million small businesses in America who could not afford to offer a 401k plan for their employees retirement. Dave also worked in sales for F5 Networks (www.f5.com), one of Forbes Magazine’s ’2007 Fastest Growing Companies.’ F5 is a technology company headquartered in Seattle, Washington that helps businesses keep their mission critical applications fast, available and secure.