Local News 2-20-13

State College Bars to Close

More than 30 downtown State College restaurants and bars will not serve alcohol on Saturday in an attempt to stop the dangerous and destructive “State Patty’s Day” student holiday.  An agreement between members of the Tavern Association, Penn State and State College Borough officials will provide businesses with $5,000 to make up for lost revenue. Parking fees collected during past State Patty’s Day weekends will be used to compensate businesses. The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel and Nittany Lion Inn will also not serve alcohol. 

State Stores asked to Close

Local leaders are asking state wine and spirits stores in the State College area to close on Saturday to help combat dangerous drinking related to the student-created holiday “State Patty’s Day.” According to WJAC-News, Penn State President Rodney Erickson, State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham and local business chamber leaders sent a letter to the Liquor Control Board expressing concern about the event. State College Police Chief Tom Kings says the student-created holiday has been the department’s busiest day each of the past 3 years, including football and Arts Festival weekends. 

Blue-White Kick Time Set

Penn State’s annual Blue/White spring football game will kickoff at 12-noon on Saturday, April 20th. Penn State released plans for the 2013 game yesterday morning. An autograph session is not scheduled prior to this year’s game. However, a festival surrounding the event will remain. Parking and admission is free.