Penn State Football Eve, which launches the first weekend of the football season, attracted approximately 25,000 fans in each of its first two events. Last year's event was cancelled due to heavy rain. The Nittany Lions' 121st season opener is against Florida International on Sept. 1 at 12:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free for Penn State Football Eve.
Anticipation is running at an all time high for the new season among Penn State fans, with a record 99 percent renewal rate for 2007 season tickets. A record total of 93,500-plus season tickets have been sold, including more than 21,000 student season tickets that sold out in 59 minutes. Membership in the Nittany Lion Club has grown by 20 percent over the past two years to nearly 23,000.
Four games are sold out, with a limited number of tickets remaining only for Florida International, Buffalo (Sept. 15, 12:00) and possibly the Senior Day clash with Purdue (Nov. 3). Any remaining single game tickets will go on sale at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 27 exclusively at http://www.GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.
Freshman "Welcome Week" orientation that is being held in the Bryce Jordan Center the same evening as "Football Eve" will continue in the stadium where the freshman will gain an understanding of student traditions during the football games. FSN Pittsburgh will have a "Who Wants to be an Announcer?" station outside the All-Sports Museum for aspiring sports broadcasters. Kids games, a barbeque, festival food, surprises and an oldies band will all be part of the promenade along Curtain Road.
Paterno's 42nd Penn State team returns 32 letterwinners and 15 starters for the 2007 season. The Nittany Lions have a blockbuster 2007 home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame, (Sept. 8, 6:00 p.m., ESPN), Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming, 3:30 p.m., ABC), Ohio State (Oct. 27, 8:00 p.m., ABC/ESPN/ESPN2) and Purdue.
The Florida International and Buffalo games will air on the Big Ten Network, launching on August 30, as will at least one of the Nittany Lions' Big Ten contests. To get the Big Ten Network, fans should visit www.BigTenNetwork.com and enter your zip code, which will then provide a link to the cable providers in your area, as well as DirecTV and Dish Network, to make a request for them carry the Big Ten Network.