Penn State’s matchup against Michigan State is on weather delay in East Lansing after lightning was spotted near the stadium in addition to heavy rains. Penn State is up 14-7 with 7:58 left in the second quarter.
Update, 3:59 p.m.: The Penn State-Michigan State game will resume at 4:38 p.m. and fans will be allowed to start re-entering Spartan Stadium at 4 p.m. Despite the three-hour break, there will be a full half time. FOX will continue the broadcast.
Update, 3:35 p.m.: The game restart time is now pushed back until at least 5:30 p.m. FOX Sports officials are unsure which game will take precedent.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) November 4, 2017
Fans first learned that there was a generic “threat” to Spartan Stadium, which Michigan State Athletics later clarified was because of weather conditions. A few minutes later, with 7:58 left in the second quarter, the game was stopped to review a potential Michigan State reception. Instead of announcing the results of the play review, the referee announced the weather delay. Oh, and the Michigan State pass was incomplete.
Fans weren’t sure at first what would happen, but stadium officials clarified a few minutes after the announcement that the stadium had to be evacuated. Many fans attempted to stay in stairwells and under covered sections, but authorities forced everyone to evacuate.
MSU and PSU fans ban together to hide from the state trooper evacuators in the stairwell. pic.twitter.com/2SkA4CBgnA
— Kevin Horne (@KevinHornePSU) November 4, 2017
Fans are currently in two buildings near the stadium separated by what section they were sitting in, though there isn’t really much room. Michigan State is broadcasting other football games for wet, evacuated fans to watch while they wait.
Here’s the scene at Wells Hall, one of two evacuation locations. Authorities telling fans the delay could last nearly two hours. pic.twitter.com/LnRf3n7D5z
— Onward State (@OnwardState) November 4, 2017
Initial reports suggested the delay could be anywhere from one to two hours, but as of publication the scoreboards in Spartan Stadium say the game is officially set to resume at 4 p.m., pending any additional delays, but authorities are now saying the game won’t resume until at least 4:15 p.m.
They’ve just announced that the Penn St-Michigan St game will resume at 4 p.m. Still raining pretty hard here.
— Joe Juliano (@JoeJulesinq) November 4, 2017
Fortunately for the hundreds of thousands of fans watching at home, FOX will continue to air the game after the delay. The Washington State-Stanford game that was supposed to be on FOX after Penn State-Michigan will begin instead on Fox Business.
🚨 The @wsucougfb vs. Stanford game will begin on the FOX Business Network due to a weather delay during the Penn St.-Michigan St. game.
— WSU Cougars (@WSUCougars) November 4, 2017
Even though there are less than eight minutes left in the half, there will still be a halftime. The marching band, however, will not perform. Stadium officials have yet to announce what time fans will be allowed to start re-entering the stadium. For some fair-weather fans, however, the day is over.
Looks like some fans are calling it a day. pic.twitter.com/v4oPBJrFVm
— Donnie Collins (@psubst) November 4, 2017
Michigan State is no stranger to game delays due to weather — in 2015 its first three games were delayed — but there hasn’t been a delay at Beaver Stadium since at least 2000.
This is believed to be the first lightning delay of a #PennState game since the start of the 2000 Ohio State game was delayed.
— Kris Petersen (@GoPSUKris) November 4, 2017
So what to do now? Drinking and napping are both good options, or you can watch some of the other football games on this afternoon. Here’s a quick rooting guide:
— Onward State (@OnwardState) November 3, 2017