A recent trend at Beaver Stadium has been numerous theme days to help fans get into the mood of the game. On Thursday, Penn State University announced the themes off all the home games in 2014. Aside from the usual events such as All-U Day and Homecoming, there will also be a reunion of the 1994 undefeated Big Ten Championship team.
Below is a list and description of each of Penn State’s seven home games for the 2014 season.
September 6 (Akron): Community Hero Day, 1994 Team Reunion and Scout Day
Kerry Collins, Kyle Brady, Ki-Jana Carter and others will return to Beaver Stadium on September 6 for the home-opener against Akron. The 1994 team will be honored at halftime. That day has also been dubbed Community Hero Day and Scout Day, honoring first responders and Boy Scouts and allowing them to attend at a discounted rate.
September 20 (Massachusetts): Band Day and Celebration of 50 Years of Women’s Athletics at Penn State
Along with the football game, this day will be highlighted by performances from the famous Blue Band and the UMass Minuteman Marching Band. Current and former women student-athletes and coaches will also be recognized throughout the game.
September 27 (Northwestern): Homecoming and Alumni Band
The traditional Homecoming game will match the Nittany Lions up with the Northwestern Wildcats in what’s proven to be an entertaining matchup in recent years. The usual Homecoming festivities will take place, such as the parade on Friday night, the recognition of alumni and performances by members of the Alumni Blue Band.
October 25 (Ohio State): Penn State White Out and Uplifting Athletes Day
Always a fan favorite, the White Out game tends to draw the most excitement each year. Even in a primetime matchup in the late Fall, Beaver Stadium shines with the majority of the crowd clad in all white. Throw in the fact that the Nittany Lions are matched up with the rival Buckeyes, and there’s sure to be a lot of buzz around this game. It’s also Uplifting Athletes Day, meaning a check for cancer research will be presented.
November 1 (Maryland): All-U Day and THON Day
All-U Day is another yearly event, with each of Penn State’s 24 campuses will be represented by two students holding a banner for their school. Many past and former students from each branch campus will be in attendance that day. The tilt with Maryland will also be THON Day, celebrating the yearly dance marathon that is recognized nationally for raising thousands of dollars to help fight pediatric cancer each year. The logo for the 2015 event will be revealed during the game.
November 15 (Temple): Military Appreciation Day and Parade of Champions
Penn State fans will be able to purchase tickets at a discount rate to donate to military service men and woman to attend the matchup against the Temple Owls. Past and present members of the armed forces, including Wounded Warriors will be recognized for their service during halftime. Along with Military Appreciation Day, this game will also feature the Parade of Champions, a celebration of Penn State championships from the 2013-14 athletic season.
November 29 Michigan State: Senior Day
The home finale will be a big match up against what’s sure to be a touch Michigan State team. Senior members of the football team, along with cheerleaders, dance team members and Blue Band members will be honored.