Brainstorming Alternate Locations Penn State Hoops Could Play
Over Thanksgiving weekend, Penn State men’s basketball traveled to Kissimmee, Florida, to compete in the ESPN Events Invitational, and on December 16, the Nittany Lions will head to Madison Square Garden to face Georgia Tech as part of a triple-header in the World’s Most Famous Arena.
With games at multiple locations out of the norm, we thought of some other potential places for the blue and white to ball.
An Aircraft Carrier
The Carrier Classic first took place in 2012, and since then, games in that event, as well as in the Armed Forces Classic, have been played on various aircraft carriers around the world. While these games bring their challenges, especially with the wind moving long shots off track, they bring about one of the coolest scenes in college basketball. Neither of these events are being held this year, so Penn State should fill that void with a game on an aircraft carrier.
PPG Paints Arena
PPG Paints Arena, the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, will be used as a site for March Madness this year, so it’s certainly suited for college basketball. Plus, many Penn Staters live in the Steel City, so a single game in the arena would fill up with fans. To make this game even better, the Nittany Lions could square off against Pitt.
East Halls Court
Picture this: every Penn State freshman standing along one sideline of a non-regulation-sized, rubber court as they watch Penn State hoops play. The game could even be played with one of the basketballs from the Findlay Commons desk that looks like it’s been chewed. That’d be pretty cool.
Iowa women’s basketball played in Kinnick Stadium in front of over 50,000 people, and Nebraska women’s volleyball played in Memorial Stadium with a record-breaking 92,003 people on site. So, what’s holding 107,000 people back from filling Beaver Stadium and watching a Penn State hoops game?
Wells Fargo Center
Similar to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia is home to a lot of Penn State pride. Located near the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a Penn State hoops game there would attract many fans from both states. Aside from the Philadelphia 76ers playing there, the Wells Fargo Center has also hosted many college basketball games, including the first Big 5 Classic this past Saturday. It’s clearly a legit arena for college basketball and would be an incredible place for the Nittany Lions to play.
Pegula Ice Arena
There are two options for a Penn State hoops game at Pegula Ice Arena. The ice could be replaced with a basketball court, which many collegiate and professional teams do, and it would be a normal basketball game in a loud environment in the arena that holds nearly 6,000 folks. However, that’s lame. It’d be more exciting if the hoops were brought onto the ice, the players laced up in skates and just went at it. I’m sure the coaches would love to see their players hit each other with no consequences.
Golf is the only sport that has ever been played on the moon, and Penn State could change that. Here’s how it’d work: Penn State, its opponent, a few refs, and all the equipment needed for a college basketball game would fill a rocket that would take off from State College Regional Airport, land on the moon, and the two teams would play. The low gravity would surely make for a wicked Nick Kern Jr. poster dunk. We haven’t quite figured out the court situation, but don’t worry, the Onward State hoops beat would be there to keep everyone updated.
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