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Let UPUA’s Blue & White Brigade Drive You To Michigan For Next Week’s Game

Update, September 20: Now that kickoff time for the game is set for 3:30 p.m., UPUA determined that the buses for the Blue & White Brigade to Michigan this Saturday will be departing at 6:30 a.m. sharp. Students who are taking advantage of the free trip should arrive at the Pollock Road entrance of the HUB no later than 6:15 a.m. After the game, students should return directly back to the buses in order to begin the return trip to State College.

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One of UPUA’s most popular initiatives is back for 2016: the Blue & White Brigade. Next Saturday, September 24, UPUA will sponsor free buses to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the football game against the Wolverines, giving students the opportunity to travel to support Penn State Football

To secure a spot on the bus, all you need is a ticket to the game, a valid Penn State student ID, and internet access. UPUA will provide the transportation completely free so long as you sign up in advance, which you can do here. Seats on the bus are handed out on a first-come, first serve basis, and as of now UPUA is intending to have two 55-seat buses.

The trip takes a little more than six hours each way, and though kickoff time hasn’t been set yet, riders can expect an early morning departure and a late-night return to State College. UPUA will provide departure and arrival time information once the game time is set.

If you want to grab a ticket to the match up in Michigan and take advantage of the Blue & White Brigade, you can purchase one at the BJC ticket office starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, September 17. At $99, student away tickets for this match are the most expensive of all of the games (even including Pitt) and can only be purchased with cash and in person.

UPUA created the Blue & White Brigade in 2013 to offer students a safe and reliable form of transportation to away games to encourage fans to support Penn State on the road. The brigade makes an annual football trip, but has also recently added other sports to its agenda, including Men’s Hockey. UPUA voted 34-5 on Wednesday night in funding the annual trip after deciding the Michigan game would be the best option to provide transportation to.

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Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.


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