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White Out the Capital for the Kids

Submitted by on October 1, 2010No Comment

When Penn State first announced that the game against Indiana, originally scheduled at Bloomington would be relocated to FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, it was clear what had happened. Hoosiers AD Fred Glass had essentially sold a home game for $3 million. But when you are making less than $1 million a game at home in Memorial Stadium, the opportunity to make $3 million on the back of the heavy Penn State presence in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area makes this an amazing deal for them. Penn State reports that there are more than 40,000 Penn State alums just in the immediate region. FedEx Field is home to the Washington Redskins and countless Penn State alums which will make this a virtual home game for the Lions.

Fred Glass even tried to downplay the move by pointing out the recruiting and financial benefits for the Hoosier program.

“You’ve got tens of thousands of IU grads in the area around D.C.,” Glass said. “It’s an area we want to recruit. And the players get the chance to play in a professional stadium.”

Nice try, but there is no question as to which program the move to FedEx Field benefits more. Even the Washington Redskins aren’t as naive as to believe most of the tickets won’t be purchased by the Blue and White faithful. And in a generous gesture to cater to Nittany Lion fans, the Redskins have agreed to donate 5% of all ticket sales, up to $150,000, to THON (Penn State’s Dance Marathon), the nation’s largest student-run philanthropic event, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund and pediatric cancer research.

The donation will be made on all ticket sales to the game, a clear indication that the Penn State faithful are expected to have a major impact on attendance at the game, which ironically is a conference road contest for Coach Paterno’s team. That’s exactly what makes this “Road Trip For The Kids” so meaningful, says Kirsten Kelly, a Penn State senior and the 2011 THON Overall Chairperson.

While the financial benefit to THON from game ticket sales begins October 1, a specific Penn State student sale, which will offer the chance to sit in a designated student section, as well as the option to package a game ticket with round-trip bus transportation, will occur Monday, Oct. 18, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

With the largest seating capacity in pro sports in the country, FedEx field will provide 91,704 ample opportunities for Penn State fans that have been relocated to the Eastern seaboard to catch the Nittany Lions in action.

As part of the FedEx deal, Indiana is responsible for selling just 7,000 of the 91,704. That leaves a little more than 84,000 tickets available for Penn State fans to support their Nittany Lions in the nation’s capital and a chance to contribute to one of the greatest philanthropies in the world. Go State! For The Kids!

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