Dear Athletic Department: Help Students Get To Indianapolis

Dear Penn State Athletic Department,

It’s an exciting time for Penn State with the football team’s upcoming trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship. While fans are buying tickets and booking hotel rooms and players are preparing for Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Wisconsin, I’m sure it’s a busy time for you getting the logistics set for the game.

With team travel, promotion, and the unprecedented territory that comes with Penn State’s trip to the Indy on Saturday, surely there are things that you may not notice or may not have considered just because of how busy  you are. That’s why I’m writing to you now: The students need your help to get to the game.

Hundreds of students braved a long night in the cold to camp out for tickets to the game outside the Bryce Jordan Center. For some, securing a ticket was only the first step — they have yet to make travel and lodging plans and have little time to do so. But here’s where you can help.

Please provide buses or some form of transportation for students to get to Indianapolis on Saturday. There’s an obvious demand — the free buses offered by UPUA filled up in less than a minute. But UPUA only has so much money, and you could offer something similar. What’s a couple of buses across a few states to make sure Penn State’s presence is well felt at the game?

Penn State fans want to be at the game. Students are willing to make the trip. Help them get there by giving them some free or very low-cost transportation so they can cheer on the football team in its biggest game of the year. We’re undefeated in Beaver Stadium, let’s make the atmosphere in Lucas Oil Stadium feel like a home game.

Help the students get to Indy. They want to be there. Please please please help us make sure we are.

Sincerely,

Penn State Students

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