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Staff Picks: What Else Should Join The Bryce Jordan Center Concourse?

Last week, we learned that the Bryce Jordan Center soon add a staple restaurant to many, Chickie’s & Pete’s, to its concourse lineup.

That got our staff wondering, though…What else should join the BJC concourse in the future? Our hungriest staffers brainstormed their picks to enhance Penn State’s beloved indoor arena.

Ethan Bell: Chick-Fil-A

Chick-fil-A would be an amazing addition to the BJC, but it should be open for us to go to during the week, too. It’s so inconvenient that we do not have a Chick-fil-A on campus anymore, and Penn State really needs to bring it back. Who doesn’t love Chick-fil-A?

Frankie Marzano: Snap Pizza

Concessions at the BJC are typically expensive for mediocre (at best) food. It’s hard to ever fully satisfy your hunger while you’re enjoying a fun basketball game at the BJC, but adding a Snap Pizza stand would do just that. There doesn’t need to be the full spread like the actual location has, but just a few simple pizzas on the menu would help cure everyone’s hunger with some high-quality food. It’s also just a different type of cuisine than what you’d typically find at BJC concession stands. It’s a win-win!

Gabriel Herman: Panda Express

Nothing would go better with Penn State basketball than eating Chinese food in the Bryce Jordan Center. I would devour a plate of fried rice, broccoli beef, and sesame chicken. If the excuse to go to Penn State basketball games meant I could have Panda Express, I would be the president of the Legion of Blue.

Mikey DeAngelis: Rita’s Water Ice

For those from the Philadelphia area, getting a Rita’s “wooder ice” is a classic treat at a sporting event. While I absolutely adore the Creamery’s ice cream, I think Rita’s would be a great addition to get some Italian Ice in the BJC. A mango misto while watching Penn State basketball? Sounds great to me.

Charles Reinert: Wawa

I will bang this drum all day, every day with no remorse. State College desperately needs a Wawa. A Philly area guy like me can only take so much of Sheetz food. While a Wawa in the BJC might not be an ideal location, if this is what it takes to get the goose up here, then so be it. So you’re telling me eating a Wawa pretzel and drinking a Wawa tropical punch while cheering on the Nittany Lions doesn’t sound like heaven? Must be a yinzer, then. Give me Wawa or give me death.

Acacia Aster-Broder: Duck Donuts

I would love to see a Duck Donuts in the BJC. I never knew I wanted donuts at sporting events until I got a donut at a men’s hockey game at Pegula. It’s the perfect item to get when you’re in a snacky mood but don’t want fries or a chicken basket. It’s not a super messy food (like the Auntie Ann’s cinnamon sugar pretzels), and the warm cake donut and melty icing is great, especially when you want something sweet.

Caitlin Burns: &pizza

I am a new fan of &pizza after I tried it when I visited Philly recently. Despite that, I thought it was right up there with Snap Pizza in terms of customization and speed, while also being just good. I generally get a pretty simple pizza order, but I think that “New G” option (a Margherita, basically) would be a favorite in the BJC.

The price was reasonable and I thought the size of their pizzas gives you a better deal than you get at a Snap Pizza. They also had some fire truffle ranch. Overall, I was impressed, and as someone who doesn’t go to many basketball games, I’d definitely start making my way to the BJC a little more if it meant I could have another one of those pizzas.

Dana Nunemacher: Sheetz

Yeah, sure.,Wawa is great…just kidding. If we are going to represent one part of the gas station battle, then we need to include the other side. Give me a Sheetz in the BJC so I can enjoy those schnack wraps courtside.

Will Pegler: Panera

Call it hospital food. Call it mediocre. I do not care.

Panera is a wonderful establishment, and I’m quite literally tearing up as I imagine myself crushing a bowl of mac n’ cheese with a delicious baguette while watching Penn State men’s and women’s basketball both play at the BJC. This restaurant served as a staple on multiple road trips for myself and several other staffers this semester as we trekked through the midwest for Nittany Lion football games. I would remain a loyal supporter if one opened at the iconic BJC.

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