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Experience the Park Beaver Stadium Fan Guide
Welcome to Paternoville
The ‘white out’ – every fan in the stadium wearing a white (or black or whatever color) shirt – has caught on around the country, but make no mistake about who popularized it and who does it best. When 110,000 or so fans pack Beaver Stadium for a Nittany Lions night game, and every single one of them is clad in white, the scene is pretty much surreal. To members of the opposing team and their fans it must be downright spooky.
ESPN the Magazine and Sports Illustrated have called the Penn State student section the best in the country, and with good reason. Every game, some 21,000 students show up to stand and yell throughout the game. They’ve even created their own municipality – Paternoville – where several thousand students set up tents on the Tuesday before a home game to wait in line for Saturday.
About 20 minutes before kickoff, the band enters from the north end zone, highlighted by the drum major running down field and doing a front flip into a half split. He then jumps to his feet, turns around, and repeats his flip in front of the students. Tradition has it if the drum major lands his flip, Penn State will win.
The Blue Band entertains the crowd with favorites like “Hail to the Lion,” “Fight On, State,” and “Rock and Roll, Part 2.” After each Penn State score, the Nittany Lion mascot does one-handed push ups, one for each point.