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Gamedays at the Beaver Stadium are a tremendous event as the campus erupts in Blue and White colors as fans tailgate and get ready for a big win.
Penn State Nickname:
Discover how it originated
Countless teams from the pee-wee leagues to high schools, colleges and even the pros _ have adopted the Lions as their official mascot. But Penn State is believed to be the fIrst college to adopt the lion as a mascot.
The mountain lion which once roamed central as the athletic symbol. Student Joe Mason had conducted a one-man campaign to choose a school mascot after seeing the Prince ton tiger on a trip with the Penn State baseball team to that New Jersey campus.
The Lion was designated as a Nittany Lion, since Penn State is located in the Nittany Valley at the foot of Mount Nittany.
In regional folklore, Nittany (Nit-Nee) was a valorous Indian princess in whose honor the Great Spirit caused Mount Nittany to be formed. A later namesake, daughter of chief O-Ko-Cho, who lived near the mouth of Penn's Creek, feel in love with a trader. The tearful maiden and her lost lover became legend, and her name was given to the stately mountain.
Home of the Nittany Lions
With an official seating capacity of 107,282, the university's football stadium ranks as one of the biggest ones in the world. Besides its mammoth size, the facility is know for having one of the best student sections in college football. The venue originally opened in 1960 with an original seating capacity of 46,284.
Blue and White
The original choice of school colors in 1887 was dark pink and black. However the pink faded to white afer extended sun exposure.
Therefore, a new color scheme was adopted by the students in 1890. Their choice of blue and white has not faded away.