Roar Tour Rolls To Michigan

In a move that surprised nobody, Penn State alumni and fans packed the Roar Tour at Auburn. There are three more opportunities to attend the premiere pregame pep rally this regular season, starting Saturday at Michigan. The event begins at 9 a.m., with complete info on our site. Photo credit: Steve Manuel

The scene at Auburn was as impressive as it was spectacular.

If you think that opener refers to Penn State’s 41-12 victory, that’s understandable. That’s an apt description for the Nittany Lions’ win.

However, we’re talking about the Roar Tour, our pregame pep rally that’s the only place on the road where you can see the Nittany Lion, Penn State Cheerleaders, and Pep Band — comprised of members of the Blue Band. The Alumni Association knows how much the band means to alumni and fans, and how much the band members’ presence has an impact, which is why we fund the Pep Band’s expenses to away games.

Letterman running back Blair Thomas (1985-89) attended the Roar Tour at Auburn, sharing stories on what it was like playing for legendary coach Joe Paterno and greeting fans while signing autographs and posing for photos. Photo credit: Steve Manuel

Penn Staters began showing up more than an hour before the Roar Tour started. Well before the event officially began, the tent was packed, overflowing with alumni and fans wearing blue and white. Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi and VP for Intercollegiate Athletics Pat Kraft both stopped by, as did letterman running back and all-time great Blair Thomas.

Notably, Thomas, like many of the lettermen we meet, spoke about the impact that Penn Staters have when you travel for games.

Your support is felt. You do make a difference. And you have three more opportunities this regular season, starting Saturday in Ann Arbor. If you’ll be in town for the game, signing up for the Roar Tour will be (we hope) at the top of your list. The Roar Tour begins at 9 a.m., with complete details on our website. You can also sign up for Indiana (Nov. 5) and Rutgers (Nov. 19).

If you’re cheering from home, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for our onsite coverage. We’ll do our best to make you feel like you’re there.

The Roar Tour is the one place where you can get your picture with the Nittany Lion and cheerleaders, enjoy the band playing fight songs, and hear from Penn State’s leaders. And evident by Thomas, you just may meet a legend and get his autograph — you can see Thomas greeting fans and signing items as part of our highlight video from Auburn.

Go State. Beat Michigan. If you’re heading to Ann Arbor this weekend, we’ll see you there.

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