Anyone have any insight on visiting Happy Valley? Planning on getting a group of Michigan alums to the game this year.
Where did you stay?
How much were tickets?
How badly were you harassed?
Good places to eat?
Thanks for the notes!
My roommates currently are planning to go. The "plan" currently consists of
Times and locations TBA.
I hope you plan on crashing somewhere or designating a driver before step #3...
Step 2.5 is probably "sober up for 4 hours before you're able to get your car out and begin step 3."
Same. Loving the away-ticket lottery that not enough people apply for, right now, except that we've already got a place to stay.
But we have no timeframe decided whatsoever.
I went to Happy Valley for the 2006 game. It's definitely a fun town but it can be intense for game weekends. The students were mostly jackasses. I'm in my 40's and didn't really interact with them other than hanging out in the same bars or tailgating in the same parking lots.
I was sworn at, screamed at and had a beer thrown in my general direction. The adult fans weren't much better. The guy in the seat next to me kept yelling, "You're scum Lloyd". Apparently he was still bitter about the two seconds being put back on the clock in 2005. I was impressed at the number of Michigan fans who made the trip that year. Jake Long's family also tailgated in our parking lot and that somehow made me feel better.
Anyway, I got a ticket for $100. Other friends paid $125. I went with a bunch of PSU grads and we rented a house on campus for the weekend. Apparently the house is owned by the residents' parents and they make them get out on weekends to make a little extra money.
There's a decent (old) hotel right on campus that we stayed in the first night. Very convenient. I don't remember the name. Hotels aren't plentiful or convenient so book early.
As far as food goes, definitely check out The Diner and The Cafe if you get a chance. The Skellar is a good bar for Friday nights before the game. It'll be packed with Alumni back in town for the game.
I'm optimistic about a good showing this year. PSU's offense should be significantly downgraded from last year. The D will still be good but they lost some players (Bowman, Lee....). We'll learn a lot about Michigan's progress during this game.
Anyone find out what section their giving us this year? I'll pay the $125-$150/tik to go, but want to be around 'my firends'..
I went to the game in '08 my experience was a very good one as I went with 2 PSU grads, but I will say this, there isn't much to do other than tailgate, drink and go to the game. In spite of that, or more likely because of it, the best game day experience I've ever had, the fans make more noise during tv timeouts at BS than we do for touchdowns at MS. I also dealt with a little harassment but it was just some friendly ribbing and then an offer to by me a beer. As long as you don't act like a jackass neither will they.
for the flashback.
When I read the title, in my mind all I could see was SuperMario.
I went to the '06 and '08 games.
The '08 game was a good time despite the loss. We were recovering from the Toledo loss and it was a 4:30 start. Mostly they felt bad for us IMO.
HowevA, the '06 game was epic. I wore my #7 Henne jersey in the student section. They (students) were all drunk and still bitter about the last second game. The tailgating rowdiness wasn't terrible and actually pretty entertaining, but walking from the stadium was scary. Students just wanted blood.
That said, make sure you walk home with a chick. That tends to kill most of the hate.
FYI...find a friend and stay at their place, hotels are tough to find and very expensive on game weekends.
I went to the 2006 game and lets just say it was interesting. I went there with some college buddies not expecting to go to the game. I tailgated with my best friend (psu student) and all his buddies and they let me have it pretty good until i found some older um fans who were cool to chill with. At about 6:30 my buddies roomate said he was too drunk to go to the game so he said he would give me his ticket for 60 bucks. I had no cash so i borrow money off all my friends and proceed to the stadium.
Here's where it gets interesting, On my way to the game, my college buddies brother tells me to where his charles woodson jersey into the game. Well my ticket is in the psu student section. I think this is a great idea and put on the jersey with a white sweatshirt (totally see thru) over it so i dont get killed going in. I get in and by the end of the first quarter the they guys behind me notice my woodson jersey so i take off the sweatshirt. I then get punched in the back of the head by two psu students. But since im drunk i say screw it and pop the psu student in the face. He ends up like morelli after branch destroyed him.
Fans are not that nice until you put them in their place. I sang the victors while exiting the student section btw.
and/ or can you fight really well?
He's the old, drunker version of the Karate Kid.
Im 6'1 225 and played college ball in pa. I wouldn't brag that I'm a great fighter because I don't normally get into them. I just put a good lick on him to be sure.
The great equalizer with opposing Big Ten fans is shared hatred for OSU. Break the ice with that and you are good to go.
The Creamery. Peachy Paterno in a cone. Essential.
Not really sure why you got negged for this, so +1 to you despite the fact that I dislike fruit-flavored ice creams.
I normally do, too, but man is Peachy Paterno delicious. There's a reason the line at the Creamery can stretch around the block.
Here is a thread from a few months ago with similar info - particularly as you read down the thread.
Thanks, must have missed that one.
I didn't find the fans to be terribly awful. Yeah, there's your usual cadre of drunk students, but it's no more or no less than when you go to East Lansing. Columbus is an entirely different universe. But it's not the norm by any means.
I mean, I was standing on a street corner with my buddy, we're both wearing jerseys. This is '06, so I decided to be a little devious and wear my Manningham jersey. We're obviously lost, as we're trying with little success to find the way to their Union to hit the bathrooms and maybe grab some food. A student walks up to us and gives us directions, wishing us a good day as he left. And we found our way. Just walking around the parking lots around Beaver Stadium, we were offered food, beer, etc. at many, many PSU tailgates, and even stopped at a few of them because the people seemed really cool. You don't see that on every campus.
I'd also add that everyone we encountered from PSU, from the ticket office to the parking lot attendants to the stadium staff were incredibly (almost uncomfortably) friendly and helpful. We were traveling with someone who needed a handicap parking space, and so we called their ticket office to ask about it. A few days later the pass showed up in the mail. You're not going to find that everywhere. I've gotten harassed enough by stadium attendants and campus safety people at lesser schools (Illinois was particularly bad) to realize how awesome that is.
Basically, anyone who says PSU is going to be some horrific, uncomfortable experience with drunken people doing awful things is completely wrong. If you're respectful, if you don't go out of your way to be an asshole, you'll be fine. It's a beautiful campus that's rather hard to get to, but it's a trip well worth taking. I'd love to do it again.
Columbus, on the other hand? I'm curious to know, since that's the other road trip I'll be making this season, and random tips will be helpful. But maybe that's for a different thread...
Nice analysis/summary/myth bust, BTW.
I'm sure there have been threads on it. But I would bring your brass knuckles. And noseplugs.
is that I was there in the fall for a marathon once, and I went out to eat wearing my Michigan jersey. When our food was brought, another waitress came over and stooped over and told me not to eat. She said she'd bring me a new one. Apparently she didn't trust our waitress not to have done something to my food because of M M gear.