College Football Traditions: The White Out

Spring weather is finally here, which means a college football tradition is just around the corner– the Penn State White Out game.

Being the largest football stadium in the country, Beaver Stadium is typically an intimidating sight for any opposing team.  But, throw a white t-shirt on all Nittany Lions fans in attendance and you have one terrifying spectacle.

Saturday, April 16, the Blue-White scrimmage will be a preview for fans of what the upcoming football season will have to offer.  And the weekend isn’t just about football— It’s about carnival rides, eating wings, rocking out to live music and taking in a Nittany baseball game, too.

But why the “White Out”?  I started asking myself that question, too when I got an e-mail from my alma mater, Rutgers University, about a Scarlet-White game on April 24.

Well, according to LostLetterman.com, the tradition actually started with a hockey team, the Winnipeg Jets, in 1987.  During the Stanley Cup playoffs, they asked fans to wear white to the match.  After the Jets beat the Calgary Flames, White Out games became a tradition.

Penn State held its first stadium-wide White Out in 2007 against Notre Dame, the site reported, and  several other schools have followed suit– such as Rutgers and WVU.

Understanding the tradition and being able to take in a football game in spring-like weather makes me all more inclined to pick up a pair of RU Scarlet-White tickets.  Considering I definitely have white tees to sport, it’s easy to get geared up for the event, too.

Will you be heading to a White Out game this season?  Let us know if you do!

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