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When’s The Perfect Time To Get A Beaver Stadium Chicken Basket?

It’s been 135 days since the Blue-White game, more importantly known as your most recent opportunity to get a cherished chicken basket from Beaver Stadium concessions. Now that your mouth is watering, here’s some good news — you only have to wait five more days.

But how will you face the dreaded concessions lines without missing any of Trace McSorley’s first starting plays? Here’s your guide to deciding when you should get a chicken basket (because you should always get a chicken basket):

Entering the Game

No matter what time the game starts, getting a chicken basket as you walk to the student section is always a viable option. If you enter the stadium early enough, you’ll wait in the shortest lines of the day and still be standing in the student section with your chicken basket in time for kickoff. The concession stand is almost guaranteed to have your dipping sauce of choice at this time. That being said, the game is going to last about three hours, so you’ll probably be hungry again by the end. If you’re planning on leaving before we sing the alma mater (shame on you), you might be okay.

First or Second Quarter

Lines are relatively short during the first half of the game, but you’re basically guaranteed to miss something exciting. You could miss the first touchdown of the season using this strategy, but if you’re more interested in the atmosphere than the game, this could be the choice for you.

In my experience, your best bet is to get your chicken basket with about five minutes left in the second quarter (as long as it doesn’t seem like something big is going to happen while you’re gone.) Using this method, you can usually get back to the student section with your chicken basket and fries before halftime ends. Beaver Stadium provides televisions outside the concession stands, so even it something big does happen, you can at least say you watched it live on television with the fans who weren’t lucky enough to be in Happy Valley. I would say you have a 75 percent chance of getting your dipping sauce of choice.


If you want to participate in the mass exodus from the student section to the concession lines, be my guest. Although this is decidedly the most convenient time to leave the game, the odds of you getting your dipping sauce of choice dropped to 25 percent. Barbecue is good, but it’s no honey mustard. Just keep in mind that you could miss the better part of the third quarter if you choose to do this. This method could be best for you if you’re planning to leave after halftime.

Third or Fourth Quarter

Halftime lines will remain in full force until at least halfway through the third quarter. Read: avoid at all costs. The end of the third quarter would be the best time in this frame to get your chicken basket if you don’t mind missing part of the game and if you like your chicken sans sauce. By this time, the odds of getting your dipping sauce of choice are essentially zero.

You should just wait to eat post-game tailgate food if you haven’t gotten a chicken basket by the start of the fourth quarter. If all else fails, order Wings Over when you get home. Boneless wings are a tolerable substitute.

About the Author

Elissa Hill

Elissa is a senior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.


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