9 Penn State Events You Don’t Want to Miss this Spring

9 Penn State Events You Don’t Want to Miss this Spring

The spring semester is just a few days away and that means it’s time to get back to dear old state and start hitting the books. Luckily, there are plenty of special events and performances going on this semester to give you and your friends a break from classes and tests.

On January 24th, the Bryce Jordan Center is hosting WWE LIVE. Tickets for as little as $15 are still available for purchase to see the WWE Superstars in action. WWE world heavyweight champion Randy Orton, John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio, and many more will make an appearance at center stage for the first time in almost two years at Penn State.

We have known since September that Jay Z would be making an appearance in State College on his Magna Carter World Tour, but he will finally arrive on January 31st. Along with Timbaland, who is responsible for such songs as, If We Ever Meet Again (ft. Katy Perry) and The Way I Are (ft. Keri Hilson), Jay Z will blow the roof off the BJC. Floor tickets are still on sale, but they are going to cost you a little more than the $60 stadium seats that are still available.

kayne west penn stateJust recently announced, Kanye West will be coming to the BJC on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day (hint hint, nudge nudge). Tickets go on sale THIS FRIDAY, the 10th, at 10am for the public and THIS MONDAY, the 13th for students. Student tickets must be purchased in person at the BJC, Eisenhower Auditorium, the Downtown Theatre, or the HUB sales desk. Prices are $95, $65, or $45 for public tickets and $75, $55, or $35 for student tickets. The lines for these tickets are going to be long (I can already feel it) so it might be a good idea to camp out overnight just to play it safe.

Lines will also be long to get into the BJC for THON 2014, which takes place February 21st –23rd, but hopefully not as long as last year. New digital line procedures are being implemented this year to make sure there are no issues with waiting in the cold. For anyone who has never been to THON, it’s worth the wait just to feel the electric atmosphere inside. Something to keep in mind when going to THON is the BJC’s new clear bag policy. The building will most likely reach full capacity very early Sunday morning and will remain full through the final four hours of THON.

If you’re a fan of NBC’s The Sing-Off, the live tour should be #1 on your list of things to see this semester! For tickets as cheap as $30 for non-students and $10 for students, it’s hard to beat a deal like this! The Filharmonics, VoicePlay, Home Free, and other finalists from season 4 will take the stage in an a cappella performance of a lifetime on February 28th.

You may have seen the Harlem Globetrotters as a child, but you’ve never seen them like this! At the BJC on March 5th, the fans will have the power to choose which crazy wacky rules will impact the game. With new rules such as Trick Shot Challenge and the Hot Hand Jersey, this game of basketball will be nothing like you or I have ever seen before. A fun event for all ages, even for college students!

If you become tired of the BJC, there are plenty of shows and musicals to see at Eisenhower Auditorium (https://www.cpa.psu.edu/), including MEMPHIS on March 27th. Inspired by actual events, this musical is about a club singer with a magical voice ready to make it big in the world of music. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, MEMPHIS is a classic feel-good musical that you don’t want to miss.

For those going through Penn State Football withdrawal, myself included, help is on the way. The annual Blue-Penn State blue white 2014White Game is on April 12th this year and will be nothing short of exhilarating as we witness our football teams progress. With the current coach and player situation that is going on, this will be the first time to come out and support our 2014 Nittany Lions and see what they will look like on the field. Go State, Beat State!

Just in time for finals week, Jason Aldean will be stopping at the BJC on his Night Train Tour on May 2nd. Along with special guests Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr, this sounds like a country music fan’s dream come true. The boys will hopefully be singing some new tunes from their latest albums along with their summer hits such as Night Train, Cruise, Round Here, and Redneck Crazy.