Penn State University






  • Alcohol consumption is not permitted on campus from kick-off to the conclusion of the game.
  • Open-flame and charcoal fires are not permitted unless you are using the charcoal pits by University Drive.
  • No kegs.
  • No glass bottles are permitted in the parking lots.
  • Portable generators are not permitted at any time.
  • All generator use is prohibited between 12am and 7am.


Note: Pennsylvania adheres to very strict sales of alcohol. Wine and liquor are mostly sold in state-controlled Wine & Spirits  shops, while beer can be found at Bottle Shops. Few grocers sell alcohol, and if they do, it is very limited.

Fat Jack’s Bar-B-Que Shack and Bottle Shop
1669 North Atherton Street
State College, PA 16803
(814) 238-8066

A strip mall in front of Wal-Mart  might not be the place you’d expect to find good  BBQ, but this place is worth checking out. The menu is simple, including ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and wings with sides of fries, onion rings, coleslaw, baked beans and potato salad. It’s easy to find: the large smoker sits outside the front door, and it is attached to a Bottle Shop where you can load up on beer for your tailgate. Call ahead to place a carry out order for your tailgate.

Prospector’s Allegheney Rib Company
2080 Cato Avenue
State College, PA 16803
Game Days: Outside Beaver Stadium along Curtain Road
(814) 861-7427
You will find Prospector’s set up right outside of Beaver Stadium on home football game days. Get racks of ribs and pulled pork sandwiches topped with coleslaw, as well as buckets of ribs or wings to share. Call ahead to place an order for pick-up (either from the restaurant or from the stand outside the stadium on game day), or visit the stand outside the stadium on game day to load up for your tailgate. Prospector’s will also deliver orders of $100 or more straight to your tailgate. 
Cato Ave. Restaurant hours:
Mon-Fri, 11:30am-1:30am; Sat-Sun, 12pm-1:30am

Seltzers Lebanon Bologna
The Seltzer family has been making their traditional Pennsylvania Dutch bologna, rooted in Germany, since 1902. The recipe and the procedure for making the bologna have not changed a bit since then. Seltzers is a local delicacy that will be a great addition to your tailgate deli trays. Pick it up at Weis Markets or Wal-mart in the deli section.

Weis Markets
A small, family-run chain of grocery stores started in Central PA, supporting local farmers. Shop for all your tailgate needs, including deli, veggie and baked goods platters.

560 Westerly Parkway, State College, PA 16801
(814) 238-1821

Open 24 hours

1471 Martin Street, State College, PA 16803
(814) 237-2500
Daily 6am-12am

110 Rolling Ridge Road, State College, PA 16801
(814) 231-8397
Open 24 hours

Brewsky’s Bottle Shop
222 W. Beaver Avenue, State College, PA 16801
(814) 272-1074

240 South Pugh Street, State College, PA 16801
(814) 238-8454

State College Farmers Market
Locust Lane between College Avenue and Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801

(814) 355-0215
Browse and taste the seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods and cheeses, all from Happy Valley farmers and artisansEvery market vendor is required to personally produce all of the items they sell.
Fridays, May-November, 11:30am-5:30pm

North Atherton Farmers Market
2615 Greentech Drive
(Site is parking lot at Home Depot)
State College, PA 
Browse and taste the seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods and cheeses, all from Happy Valley farmers and artisans. Every market vendor is required to personally produce all of the items they sell.
Saturdays, May-November, 10am-2pm


Prior to each home game, the Blue Band meets for a short morning rehearsal. Afterwards, they march in parade formation from the Blue Band Building to the Bryce Jordan Center to pump up fans at the TailGreat pep rally. In addition to the Blue Band, the pre-game show also features performances by the Lionettes, Cheerleaders and the Nittany Lion. The show concludes with a guest drum major leading the Blue Band from TailGreat to Beaver Stadium.

Doors to the Bryce Jordan Center open 3 hours prior to kick-off. The Blue Band arrives to start the festivities 2 hours prior to kick-off. Concessions are open inside the Bryce Jordan Center. You may also purchase some PSU Creamery Ice Cream outside the door and bring it in with you.

Bryce Jordan Center
127 Bryce Jordan Center
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-5500
Started by PSU fans in 1996, this group of die-hard tailgaters shares their upcoming menu and past tailgate recipes on their website. The site also gives a little info on the history of Penn State tailgating. Join the crew for their tailgate – they “always have food and drink for nice people!”



  • 7am for noon games, 8am for 3:30 or later games: Day-of-game campus parking lots open. See here for parking info.
  • 3 hours before kickoff: Team arrival at Beaver Stadium on Blue Busses, between gates A & B.
  • 3 hours before kickoff: Jordon Bryce Center doors open for TailGreat.
  • 2 hours before kickoff: TailGreat with Penn State Blue Band.
  • 1.5 hours before kickoff: Beaver Stadium gates open.