Tide fans welcome in Happy Valley

We are writing to extend an early and sincere welcome to Alabama students who plan to travel to Happy Valley for the Sept. 10 football game between your Crimson Tide and our Nittany Lions. We hope your trip is enjoyable, and you find the same hospitality we encountered in Alabama last fall.

Our trip was a pleasure (aside from the not-unexpected outcome of the game) in large part because of Tide fans – especially students.

At one point, we were the only two people in Gallette’s wearing blue and white. It was just us, the live band and seemingly hundreds of Alabama students, and the students consistently asked us about our trip, encouraged us to have a good time, made recommendations on places to eat or simply thanked us for traveling south.

We plan to extend the same hospitality at our tailgate this year (more on that later), and we hope all other Penn Staters do the same. That hospitality has been one of the greater parts of our intersectional rivalry, and we hope everyone does their part to continue that tradition.

For those of you who do travel north, go to the Creamery on our campus and then look to your left for some noticeable yellow hammers. We plan to provide the traditional Tide beverage as part of an effort to raise money for tornado relief.  We’ll then send the money we collect back to Tuscaloosa with a friend who will be tailgating with us.

Again, enjoy your trip.

Steve Sampsell is the director of college relations in the Penn State College of Communications.

Editor’s Note: Steve Sampsell later clarified that the beverage of the week at his tailgate will be Yellow Hammers, but that the donation drive for tornado relief will be separate. Yellow Hammers will not be available for purchase for tornado relief. 

  • http://twitter.com/SECM07 S. E. Matthews

    So nice! I love Penn State fans!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Ramey/100001226835467 Rick Ramey

    God bless Penn State. You are the epitome of class. Thank you for all you have done for the state of Alabama. The game is the game, but the human kindness you demonstrated trumps all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Ramey/100001226835467 Rick Ramey

    God bless Penn State. You are the epitome of class. Thank you for all you have done for the state of Alabama. The game is the game, but the human kindness you demonstrated trumps all.

  • Anonymous

    Hi folks. Looking forward to seeing all Tide fans who travel north this weekend. (Rain might end by then, too.) Just to clarify, though. The yellow hammers and donations we will be accepting for tornado relief and then sending back to Tuscaloosa are SEPARATE efforts. We are! … Not “selling” the drinks. And it’s NOT a university function, just our tailgate. But a taste of home will be available for those over 21 who find us, and for Penn State fans who want to know what they missed last September.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=765181725 Andrea Niehoff Goodson

    Hosting 6 friends at our PSU tailgate that are coming to Happy Valley from TX & AL!!!
    WE are ALL excited to have you – in LOT 12 – STOP ON BY!!!
     
    WE ARE – happy to ROLL with the TIDE :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Drissel/9383764 Bryan Drissel

    Penn State alum here. If you’re coming up to Happy Valley, have a safe trip and enjoy your time in State College (except for hopefully a Nittany Lion upset). WE ARE… welcoming Alabama to Happy Valley!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Larry-Tiffany/1513801062 Larry Tiffany

    PENN STATE CLASS OF 2001, (and yes that needed to be capitalized).  Its always a great time between these 2 schools, a lot of classy and well educated good people.  They bleed for their schools, and on a nice fall weekend they all have the same goal.  To see their team win, not at the expense of anything else.  Just good people having a good time. Welcome to Happy Valley Alabama fans, I recommend The Diner on College Avenue for the BEST breakfast experience.  WE ARE!!!

  • Stacey Heath

    My husband and I are Bama grads with mad respect for the traditions and history at Penn State- we cannot wait to spend the weekend in State College! We were so glad to have so many of you guys in Tuscaloosa last year and it’s wonderful to hear that y’all had such positive experiences. Thank you so much for your letter of welcome and for the continued efforts to help us recover- it means more than you know. WE ARE… so excited about ROLLing up with the TIDE and embracing the Penn State experience! God Bless!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=634628559 Jeff John

    A Penn State grad who spent nearly 4 years in Montgomery (Maxwell/Gunter AFB)…  Always loved the class and respect shown during our meetings in the 80′s.  Two groups that have passion and pride in our school and team in common.  Glad we’ve used that as a reason for friendship.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=634628559 Jeff John

    A Penn State grad who spent nearly 4 years in Montgomery (Maxwell/Gunter AFB)…  Always loved the class and respect shown during our meetings in the 80′s.  Two groups that have passion and pride in our school and team in common.  Glad we’ve used that as a reason for friendship.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1107213022 Deneese Spivey

    As a Bama girl whose BFF is a PSU alum, thank you for the kind article!  Class breeds class, and respect breeds respect!!  I’m glad Bama and PSU have a “friendly rivalry”.  I know the Bear was a good friend to JoePa, and that has a lot to do with the mutual respect.  This is the only game I’ll feel bad about if we win because my friends will be unhappy.  Good Luck on your season PSU!!!  God Bless and Roll Tide!

  • Mary Martinez

    PSU Alum ’02.  I spent a month cheering on PSU football at a sports bar in Montgomery.  Bama fans are a class act.  I would recommend checking out Velveeta (State College’s Cheesy 80s band) at the Saloon on Friday night for some pre-taligating fun.  Everywhere will be packed, but well worth the wait.  WE ARE! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4M43DRHBP2MFYXN7T5F5VQLR3E RupeCapone

    I visited Alabama a couple times and loved my time there.  No campus I have ever been to has reminded me more of Penn State.  For Alabama fans I hope you have a great experience and get to meet the classy Penn State I know.  Great places to eat: (Breakfast) Waffle Shop with locations on College Ave., North Atherton, and  College/Blue Course drive (probably the least busy of the 3).  Dinner/Lunch wise: Otto’s Pub and Brewery on North Atherton, Faccia Luna (South Atherton and also out by Nittany Mall), NY Brother’s Style Pizza on College and Pugh are some of my favorites.  Hope you leave Happy Valley happy about everything except the outcome of the game; sorry but I’m a Penn Stater through and through.  God Bless