For the first time since 2019, Penn State allowed fans into Beaver Stadium for a spring preview of the football team. The annual Blue-White game is traditionally a big draw for Penn State, and the crowds that head to Beaver Stadium for a spring game or glorified scrimmage each April tend to rank among the best in the country when it comes to spring game attendance figures.
And this year was no different.
With a reported crowd of 62,000 fans, Penn State’s Blue-White Game will once again enter the record books as one of the top spring game crowds for the 2022 season. And, unofficially, Penn State s likely found himself in the top five for the spring game, if not in the top three.
Oklahoma, the only Big 12 school that typically hosts a large crowd for its spring game, is a bit of a surprise champion in spring game attendance. The Sooners welcomed more than 75,000 fans to witness the start of the Brent Venables era and to celebrate the new statue honoring former Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield. Oklahoma fans surely enjoyed comparing the spring crowd size for Oklahoma’s spring game versus USCspring crowd, with former Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley taking over for the Trojans this year (and bringing in former Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams for the ride).
An updated look at spring game attendance numbers reported across the country recently placed Penn State third overall this spring. This is partly because some traditional heavy hitters in spring game crowds were hampered by inclement weather, which led to a significant reduction in crowd size. It’s also worth considering that the COVID pandemic could still play a small fraction in the crowd size numbers for a practice that doesn’t carry the same weight as a game in the fall.
Either way, Penn State will have the biggest spring crowds among Big Ten schools this season. The Nittany Lions have passed Nebraska and ohio state, two other perennial heavyweights of the spring public, with his reported participation in the Blue-White Game. Unfortunately for Penn State, the Big Ten does not award a trophy for such an achievement.
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