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Michigan Game Day Etiquette

Proper etiquette runs deep in Penn State tradition. We hold doors open for each other, we follow proper sidewalk courtesy, and we thank each other for participating in the “WE ARE” cheer. With the Michigan game coming up, here are a few reminders to keep it classy for the football game.


  • Wear any other color but white. This is the Michigan game. By now, most people should be aware that it is a full stadium White Out. If the Penn State football team dresses in uniform, then so should we! Don those white T-shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets so you aren’t the one to stick out in the crowd.
  • Make huge signs that block the view of the people behind you. While your loving loyalty and support is appreciated, the people behind you would like to see the game too. It’s fine to hold up a flag or a small sign if you want to be on camera when the guys are huddling up, but don’t block anyone’s view of the game. (Nittanyville gets a pass here.)
  • Make a sound when Penn State offense is at work. Don’t be one of those guys who yells at Hackenberg while he’s trying to make a play and everyone else around is quiet. Yes, we can hear you, and yes, you are being annoying.
  • Leave after half time. You are there to see watch some football, but you are also there to support your team. Emptying the stands before the game is over can decrease stadium moral. Show your loyalty and support for the team and make it through the game!


  • Decorate your face. There’s all different kinds of temporary tattoos and stickers that you can buy in any Penn State fan shop downtown.  Face paint is under $2.00 at McLanahan’s. Make those under-eye lines, stick on that paw print, and get intense! This is Michigan, after all.
  • Get there on time. Penn State oversold tickets for the Michigan game. There is no reason why the stands shouldn’t be roaring and filled above capacity before kickoff. Yes, tailgating may have been fun, but since it’s a 5 p.m. kickoff, you have ALL DAY to tailgate. Get to the game!
  • Yell as loud as possible while defense is at work. Here’s your opportunity to mess with Michigan. Noise from the student section could lead to a Michigan fumble, incomplete pass, or turnover. Plus, our defense always gets pumped up and makes even more amazing plays the louder the student section is.
  • Participate in the wave. The wave is one of the coolest things to watch whip around the stadium, especially during a white-out! First, there’s the regular speed wave, followed by the slow wave, and finally the fast wave! Raise those arms and be a part of something amazing! Just don’t boo when the Michigan section participates. There are Penn State fans scattered in that section too!
  • Stand whenever the game is going on. Yes we all know standing on metal bleachers for four hours can be rough, but standing together creates unity. The team doesn’t stop playing, so we don’t stop standing. If you stand by PSU Football, suck it up. Half-time is right around the corner.

As you head into Beaver Stadium, don’t forget to show up loud, proud, and wearing white!

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