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Your Guide To THON 2024

The BJC is boomin’ once again, folks!

THON Weekend is approaching rapidly, so whether you’re a THON pro or this is your first time, we have the perfect guide to help you navigate the weekend.

Timeline

THON 2024 will kick off on Friday, February 16, and run through Sunday, February 18, at the Bryce Jordan Center. Entrance to THON is free to students and the public, and those wishing to attend can acquire a wristband in the general spectator line between gates A and B.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. before dancers stand at 6 p.m. Though THON doesn’t release a specific timeline, Friday and Saturday nights usually feature a concert with a well-known musical artist. The Pep Rally, showcasing all your favorite Penn State athletes, usually takes place on Saturday night ahead of the national act. To close the magical event, Final Four begins at noon on Sunday and lasts through 4 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, the BJC will at times reach capacity, and when that happens, spectators cannot enter the BJC. During that time, eager spectators can go to will call and provide their phone numbers to enter a digital line, and spectators can receive a text message regarding when they can reenter. Chances of the BJC reaching capacity often occur Friday night, Saturday afternoon and evening, and late Sunday morning.

You can look more at the weekend timeline here.

Parking

This weekend, parking is free. No passes are needed to park and no overnight restrictions will be enforced. Stadium West, Jordan East, and Porter North will all be available to THON attendees.

Other sporting events will also take place during THON Weekend and will not have the same parking amenities as the lots near the BJC. To avoid traffic and delays, you can check in with the THON traffic guide.

Bag Policy

Just like any other Penn State event, THON has a clear bag policy. Acceptable bags include clear tote bags that measure 12″ x 12″ x 6″, resealable gallon clear bags measuring 11″ x 11″ x 0″ or smaller, and any wallet, clutch, or fanny pack measuring 6.5″ x 4.5″ or smaller.

All purses and backpacks will be prohibited.

Other

Items such as inflatables, balloons, glitter, silly string, cameras with detachable lenses, and any kind of weapon are prohibited. All liquids are banned — except for sealed bubbles. Disposable cameras are permitted.

Food and drinks are also prohibited, but an empty, reusable water bottle is allowed. Any transportation items like hoverboards and skateboards are also prohibited.

Those with any nut allergies should be aware the BJC does sell food containing nuts that aren’t individually wrapped.

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