Sunday, May 24, 2015

Largest Nittanyville ever sets up for Penn State - Ohio State game

There were 1,185 students signed up to camp in 140 tents. According to group president Troy Weller, that's the largest population ever. It beats the previous high of 111 tents, set in 2007 for a game against Notre Dame.

Largest Nittanyville ever sets up for Penn State - Ohio State game

If you want a tangible way to measure excitement on campus for Saturday's game against Ohio State, drive by Beaver Stadium -- Gate A, to be exact.

Yes, the game is five days away. No, that's not too early for some Penn State students.

The largest group in Nittanyville history plopped up tents on Monday night, in preparation for this week's game which features the Big Ten Leaders Division's top two teams.

There were 1,185 students signed up to camp in 140 tents. According to group president Troy Weller, that's the largest population ever. It beats the previous high of 111 tents, set in 2007 for a game against Notre Dame. 

Of the 140 tents, 130 signed up within the first two minutes of registration.

Nittanyville, known as Paternoville before this season, has been a Penn State tradition since 2005.

Ohio State and Penn State are both undefeated in Big Ten play -- and both bowl ineligible.

Activities are planned all week for the campers, including a dunk contest with the Penn State basketball team on Tuesday.

When the tents went up at 11 p.m., it was cool and in the 50s. The forecast calls for rain tomorrow.

Doesn't matter for these Penn State fans. They've already weathered a 0-2 start. Now, they're ready for the biggest game of the season.

-Emily Kaplan

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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