Penn State Fans Rank Among The Nation’s ‘Booziest’ Crowd

It’s no secret Penn State houses one of college football’s most unique and vibrant tailgating scenes across the sport’s landscape.

While the home-field advantage in Happy Valley is largely attributed to the sheer size of the program’s 106,572-seat battleship, the array of pregame festivities enjoyed by fans scattered around Beaver Stadium’s perimeter plays its own role in creating such a raucous environment.

According to Vegas Insider, Penn State fans ranked No. 13 among the “booziest” college football fans this year. The metric is based on a survey compiled from over 2,000 self-reporting supporters who were an average age of 31-years-old.

Results show that the average legal-drinking-aged Penn State fan consumes around 3.3 drinks before kickoff and spends roughly $25.12 per gameday on ~adult beverages~. Although members of the south end zone may think the ranking is unreflective of their pregame efforts, underage student responses were not considered in the poll’s results.

The Big Ten West was well represented toward the top of the standings with four divisional foes sitting within the thick of the top 10. Nebraska fans took home the crown with 4.5 drinks consumed per contest, while Minnesota and Wisconsin trailed at second and third, respectively.

Overall, seven Big Ten teams were entrenched within the top 25, securing its spot as the booziest conference among the Power Five. Despite not having a Big Ten team representing the conference in the latest installment of the national title, tailgating efforts across the Midwest did not go unnoticed during the regular season.

Although Penn State’s on-field product dipped in its most recent campaign, the pregame output courtesy of the Nittany Lion faithful remained consistent for yet another season.

Vegas Insider has yet to release a preseason poll ahead of next season, but Nittany Nation should be expected to compete for the ranking’s top spot across its next seven home games in 2022.

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Connor Krause

Connor Krause is a senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania double majoring in journalism and business. He is a lifelong Penn State football and basketball fan and enjoys rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams. In his free time, Connor can be found playing golf or pick-up basketball. You can follow his Twitter and Instagram @ckrause_31.

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