When will Penn State’s 2018 Blue-White game start?
Penn State faces in the crowd, Blue-White 2017
Penn State has a set a start time for its annual Blue-White scrimmage.
The 2018 installment of the final spring practice of the year for the Nittany Lions, which always features an intra-squad scrimmage, will start at 3 p.m. on April 21 inside Beaver Stadium.
Big Ten Network will air the game live, but a big crowd is expected if the weather is nice. Penn State has estimated crowds of at least 50,000 in seven of the last nine years, and it says nearly 70,000 were on hand for last year’s contest.
A school release said additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.
One major change for this year’s game is that, besides ending spring practice, it will also be a major recruiting event for the program, more so than normal, because of the new underclassmen official visit period.
It runs April 1-June 26, meaning high school juniors can come visit on the school’s dime. Before, those visits were saved for anytime after Sept. 1 of a prospect’s senior year, meaning the dynamic will change for the staff on Blue-White game day.
“The Blue and White Game will be a big official visit weekend for us, but we still have to coach the game,” head coach James Franklin said earlier this month. “We still have to entertain the guys that are going to come unofficially to Penn State, underclassmen and others, and then you’ve got your biggest probably official visit weekend of the year; it’s going to be challenging.
“It is what it is and we’re going to have to adapt and we’re going to have to find a way to overcome it. It does create a really good opportunity for us and that’s why we want to sell the spring game out. I would like to have 107,000 fans there really enjoying themselves and have fun.”