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Students Camp for Front-Row Seats!

by Corrin Binford - September 24, 2014

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 4-0 to start this football season. New head Coach, James Franklin, is leading the team to victory. Everyone gets excited about their favorite football team, but perhaps no one gets quite as excited as Penn State Students.

Most Penn State Students are huge fans of their football team and they are not afraid to express that. Recently, this was shown on September 8, when students peacefully rallied around campus and on Beaver Avenue after the NCAA announced they reduced the sanctions placed on the football program. Some students will even camp out in front of the football stadium for days in order to get the best seats in the house. This tent city is called Nittanyville.

Nittanyville is a Penn State tradition formally known as Paternoville. The mission of Nittanyville members is to get as close to the action at the football games as possible. Students create groups of ten or less and set up camp outside of Gate A at Beaver Stadium every Wednesday through Saturday of home football games. In order to maintain your chance at front row seats, someone from each group must be at the campsite at all times. Hundreds of students pass the time by socializing, painting large signs to cheer on Coach James Franklin and the football players and doing homework. Rain or shine these fans are committed to get to the front row.

This weekend is Penn State’s homecoming game so we are encouraging members of Tioga County to come out and support your state school as they take on Northwestern.

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