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Did Someone Say Free Hats? Men’s Basketball Promo Schedule Released

Everyone knows half the reason to go to Penn State basketball games is for the free stuff. The basketball marketing department, once again, did not disappoint with this year’s promotional schedule.

Many beloved traditions are back, including three Dollar Dog Nights, three free hat nights, and the 70-point Big Mac attack. The team will also host the second annual Uplifting Athletes Pushup Challenge on February 15 vs. Iowa.

Student Bus Night is the newest promotion this year — although it’s really more of a service. For the Bucknell and LaSalle games, Penn State will offer free buses to pick up folks from the west side of campus near frat row and drop them off directly at the BJC.

As Nittany Nation president Darnell Brady put it, “We want to make it as easy as possible to get from one’s apartment to the BJC.”

The full promotional schedule is as follows:

Bucknell, Wednesday, Nov. 13 @ 7 p.m.

  • Giveaway: White shakers
  • Dollar Dog Night
  • Student Bus Night

LaSalle, Tuesday, Nov. 19 @ 7 p.m.

  • Giveaway: DJ Newbill caricature T-shirt
  • Student Bus Night

Longwood, Sunday, Nov. 24 @ 1 p.m.

Monmouth, Tuesday, Nov. 26 @ 6 p.m.

  • Senior Citizen Night: Any member of a Centre County retirement community receives a $5 ticket.

Marshall, Saturday, Dec. 7 @ 1 p.m.

  • Giveaway: Camo Hat
  • Toys for Tots: Fans who bring a toy receive a $5 ticket.
  • Military Appreciation Day: Any valid Military ID can be shown for up to 4 free tickets.
  • Subway Full Court Four Pack

Princeton, Saturday, Dec. 14 @ 2 p.m. (Return to Rec)

  • Giveaways: Holiday hats, white throwback jersey tees to all students, white shakers to all fans

Mount St. Mary’s, Sunday, Dec. 22 @ 2 p.m.

  • General admission seating

Michigan State, Tuesday, Dec. 31 @ 5 p.m.

  • Big Ten home opener
  • Giveaway: New Year’s Eve gear/supplies
  • First Night Button Discount: Any fan wearing a First Night button receives a $5 ticket.

Minnesota, Wednesday, Jan. 8 @ 7 p.m.

  • Wal-Mart Food Drive: Donate a canned good to participating Wal-Mart stores and receive a free ticket for each item donated.
  • Youth Basketball Night: Any youth wearing their youth basketball team jersey or uniform receives free admission.

Indiana, Saturday, Jan. 11 @ 12 p.m.

  • Giveaway: 2014 calendar
  • Subway Full Court Four Pack
  • AT&T Social Media Night: Print off the voucher from Penn State Basketball’s Facebook page and receive discounted tickets.

Nebraska, Thursday, Jan. 23 @ 8 p.m.

  • Giveaway: Tim Frazier Caricature T-shirt
  • AT&T “Be Social” Night: Fans can purchase a $25 ticket that includes: Their own personalized Penn State Basketball Twitter t-shirt (Fan’s Twitter handle appears on the back), a foam Facebook “thumbs up”, pre-game refreshments, snacks and 30 minute session with a social media professional representative, and a chance to enter to win the opportunity to manage @PennStateMBB for a portion of the game that night.
  • Dollar Dog Night

Purdue, Sunday, February 2 @ 11:30 a.m.

  • Giveaway: Panoramic Poster “The Dunk”
  • THON Hoops Day: Four Diamonds families and THON committees will be in attendance as special guests, and all student ticket proceeds will benefit THON 2014.
  • Halftime: Special “Simon Sez” presentation
  • Day for Dad: All dads can bring their sons or daughters to the game, with each receiving free admission. All dads will also receive a free Penn State Basketball golf tee marker.
  • Postgame: Autograph session for all fans.

Illinois, Sunday, February 9 @ 4:15 p.m.

  • Coaches vs. Cancer Day: $3 from every ticket sold will benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.
  • Subway Full Court Four Pack

Iowa, Saturday, February 15 @ 1 p.m.

  • Giveaway: First 1,000 fans will receive Valentine’s Day chocolates
  • Pre-game Uplifting Athletes Pushup Challenge with members of the Penn State football team.
  • Subway Full Court Four Pack

Ohio State, Thursday, February 27 @ 7 p.m.

  • Senior Night
  • Giveaway: Tim Frazier bobblehead, snapback hats to the first 1,000 students.
  • Penn State Faculty/Staff Night: Faculty/staff members receive a free ticket.
  • Dollar Dog Night
  • Youth Basketball Night

Wisconsin, Sunday, March 2 (time TBA)

  • Fan Appreciation Day: Prizes, gear, and gift certificates will be given away all day long.
  • Boy Scout Day: Any scout who appears in uniform receives a free ticket.
  • Subway Full Court Four Pack
  • Alumni Association Day: Any Penn State Alumni Association member can show their card and receive a $5 ticket.
  • Alumni Day: Former Nittany Lion players will be honored.
  • Mother’s Day in March: Any Mothers receive a $5 ticket, and their children receive free admission. The first 1,000 mothers through the doors will also receive a complimentary rose.

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Alex Robinson was Onward State's Acting Managing Editor/Resident Old Man. He lived in Harrisburg almost his whole life, but he says he's from California -- where he was born -- because that's more fun. He loves cats and Chinese food, but only separately. He met both Ben Affleck and Kanye West within a half hour, so the three of them are basically best friends. If you want to hear his #scorching #hot #takes, you can follow him at @ARobinsonPSU or email him at [email protected]

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