PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Athletic Dept. Cancels Blue Band’s Tailgreat Show

by Ted Hozza (Update by Kevin Horne)

Another change is coming to the game day experience at Penn State. The Blue Band announced on its Twitter account today that Penn State Athletics decided to cancel the popular Tailgreat show, which acted as a pep rally prior to home football games in the Bryce Jordan Center.

No reason for the change has been made public.

One of game day’s favorite traditions, the event featured the Blue Band, cheerleaders, and Lionettes in a pep rally atmosphere. Often including the visiting team’s band, Tailgreat was a way for the Blue Band to showcase its performances and to get the crowd ready for the day’s game. The event also included activities for children on the concourse level of the BJC along with appearances by the Nittany Lion.

Blue Band supporters have already taken to Twitter to voice their displeasure, with Blue Band President Stephen Payne tweeting:

Alumni members have also used the medium to attempt to convince the athletic department to reverse their decision:

We’ll update this post if and when Penn State athletics responds to a request for comment on the change.

UPDATE 3:48 p.m. — A Blue Band source tells us that the reason for this cut given by the Athletic Department was primarily financial. Tailgreat costs approximately $70,000 to put on each year, most of which goes to BJC staffing and rental, and the Athletic Department decided that this cost was too great. This comes just days after the Athletic Department purchased more than 800 iPads for student athletes, which, even conservatively at $300 each (much less than retail), still runs more than three times what Tailgreat cost.

The source also indicated that the Athletic Department says it’s working on a “new event” for the Blue Band to participate in during the pregame hours.

Either way, it’s not a good look for the Athletic Department during AD Sandy Barbour’s first week. Many Blue Band parents have taken to our comment section with their displeasure, stating that because of rising football ticket costs, Tailgreat was the only opportunity for them to see their son or daughter perform.

About the Author

Staff

Posts from the all-student staff of Onward State.

Comments

More by Onward State

Staff Predictions: Over/Under Penn State’s Projected Win Total

Vegas bookmakers have set Penn State’s over/under win total count at 9.5 for the upcoming football season.

Penn State Baseball Swept In Weekend Series Against Northwestern

To Our Favorite NFL Teams: Please Draft Saquon Barkley

Athletics

Reports: Tony Carr To Begin Professional Career In Italy

Tony Carr might have to wait a little longer than he had hoped to make his NBA debut.

Penn State Hockey’s Aarne Talvitie Showcases At Devils Development Camp

Penn State Hoops Releases 2018-19 Non-Conference Schedule

Forward Abdou Tsimbila Commits To Penn State Hoops

Penn State Volleyball Trio Representing U.S. At Pan-American Cup

Student Life

Penn State Student Dies Of Allergic Reaction To Peanuts

Max McGlinchey had just finished his freshman year studying finance.

Freshman 101: On-Campus Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Indigo Closes, Future Plans For Nightclub Space Await

Indigo Nightclub announced that it would be closing following Arts Fest, but it doesn’t sound like the Hotel State College bar space would be empty for long

Playa Bowls To Open State College Location

Famous on the Jersey Shore for its brightly colored bowls and smoothies, Playa Bowls’ menu includes everything from açai and pitaya bowls to fresh juices.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Doggie’s Rathskeller And Garden Opens With Hopes Of Returning To Its Roots

The All-American Rathskeller is no more and Doggie’s Rathskeller and Garden is officially in business — opening with its “sneak peak” at the new bar Thursday afternoon in time for Arts Fest.

Send this to a friend