UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Athletics announced game day themes and ticket pricing for the 2016 football season today. The Penn State Stripe Out returns for a second-straight season and takes place Sept. 17 versus Temple, while the nationally-recognized Penn State White Out is scheduled for the Ohio State game Oct. 22. For the second consecutive year, season ticket pricing will remain the same, starting at $360 per seat.
The Recent Graduate program will continue for Penn State, offering graduates who earned an undergraduate degree from 2012-16 at any campus the opportunity to purchase up to two season tickets for $300 per ticket in the upper north end zone for the seven-game home schedule this fall. The cost includes a $50 donation to the Nittany Lion Club and is a savings of 35 percent from the regular $460 season ticket price ($360 plus $100 NLC donation).
Variable pricing for single game tickets will be used again this year with single game tickets starting at just $40 per person. For a full list of prices by section for the 2016 season, fans can log onto: PSUnrivaled.com. Single game tickets, if available, will go on sale to the general public in July.
The Penn State football home schedule includes five Big Ten opponents for the first time in program history -- Minnesota (Oct. 1), Maryland (Oct. 8), Ohio State (Oct. 22), Iowa (Nov. 5) and Michigan State (Nov. 26). Penn State also hosts Kent State (Sept. 3) and Temple (Sept. 17) in non-conference play. All kick times are to be announced.
2016 Penn State football game themes:
Kent State, Sept. 3: Youth Football, Cheer and Dance Day; Scout Celebration
- The home opener against Kent State will be Youth Football, Cheer and Dance Day.
- Scout Celebration will include Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations, who can purchase special ticket packages at a reduced rate by calling 1-800-NITTANY.
Temple, Sept. 17: Stripe Out; Community Heroes Day; Faculty/Staff Day
- This year will be the second annual Stripe Out. Each section will be coordinated in either all blue or white clothing to create a stripe effect in Beaver Stadium. More info about the Stripe Out will be released in August. The game will be a student section White Out.
- Community Heroes Day -- police, fire, EMT -- are eligible for a special ticket package that includes a free blue or white t-shirt for the Stripe Out. For more information, call 1-800-NITTANY.
- Faculty & Staff Day -- Penn State faculty and staff from across the state are eligible to purchase a special ticket package that includes a free blue or white t-shirt for the Stripe Out. For more information, call 1-800-NITTANY.
Minnesota, Oct. 1: Blue Band Jam; All-University Day
- The Penn State Blue Band and Penn State Athletics will host the Third Annual "Blue Band Jam" prior to the Minnesota home game. A select number of high schools will perform at the Bryce Jordan Center alongside the Blue Band, the event is free and open to the public.
- The annual All-University Day will include involvement of student representatives during halftime. Additionally, faculty and staff from each Commonwealth campus are invited to attend the game at a discounted rate by calling 1-800-NITTANY.
Maryland, Oct. 8: Homecoming; Varsity 'S' Day; Celebrate Agriculture
- The Alumni Blue Band will be featured as they join the Blue Band performance at halftime of the Homecoming clash with Maryland. The Homecoming court will parade onto the field and the 2015-16 king and queen will be announced during halftime. The annual Homecoming Parade will be held on campus and downtown State College on Friday night, Oct. 7.
- The College of Agricultural Sciences will be celebrating the origins of Penn State as the Farmers High School of Pennsylvania by Celebrating Agriculture at the Snider Ag Arena before and after the game and invites the general public to join.
Ohio State, Oct. 22: Penn State White Out
- All fans are encouraged to sport white attire to ensure a Penn State White Out for the clash with the Buckeyes. The official White Out T-shirt can be purchased at the Penn State Bookstore this summer.
Iowa, Nov. 5: Military Appreciation Day; Seats for Service Members
- Penn State will honor the men and women who have bravely served our country by dedicating a game to them; appropriately when the Nittany Lions take the field against Iowa's. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets to be donated to military members and their families through the "Seats for Service members" program. ROTC elite, active duty, Wounded Warriors and veterans will be honored during the game.
- The 2016 "Seats for Service Members" program has already produced more than 2,000 donated tickets by Penn State fans for active duty and veteran military personnel.
Michigan State, Nov. 26: Senior Day
- The home schedule concludes with Senior Day in Beaver Stadium against the Spartans. The Nittany Lion seniors will be introduced for the final time in front of the Beaver Stadium faithful.