Businesses Gearing Up for Blue-White Weekend

By Mallory Lane

Published 04/11 2014 05:58PM

Updated 04/11 2014 06:34PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Local businesses in the area are taking advantage of Blue-White weekend.

Stores are gearing up for an influx of people coming into town for the game. They've been busy all week putting up new merchandise.

Local hotels and restaurants are also taking advantage of the crowds. Most of them are fully staffed for the weekend.

"It will be a lot busier than a normal winter weekend," Lions Pride Assistant Manager Danielle Stemple said.

Stemple and her co-workers at Lions Pride are ready. They know this weekend will bring a big boost to business.

"We've recently gotten in a bunch of new spring merchandise and we have a full staff this weekend," she said. "The weather is supposed to be beautiful, so we're anticipating a big crowd in State College."

Local hotels are gearing up for a busy weekend, too.

"The majority of our properties are probably about 85% sold out," Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau, Betsey Howell, said.

Howell said that's pretty typical for a Blue-White weekend and with the promise of beautiful weather, she has a feeling those numbers will go up.

"A lot of people wait to see what the weather is going to bring, so if we have nice weather tomorrow, I think you'll see more people that register at the hotels," she said.

Howell is hoping the anticipation of seeing a new coach take the field for the first time will help, too.

"I think everybody's pretty excited about the new coach coming in, so we're hoping that everybody comes out in the fall and all the hotels are full, the town is full and we have a winning season," she said.

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