Fans Pack the Bars for Early Kick Off

By Ashley Doerzbacher

Published 08/30 2014 07:04PM

Updated 08/30 2014 07:22PM

STATE COLLEGE – Bars in State College opened their doors hours earlier, all to watch the Nittany Lions kick off another season.
"I'm excited it's finally football season,” said Penn State fan Jordan Barr. “It's was a long summer."
And the team made the wait worth while. The season literally kicking off in a big way across pond in Ireland, and fans were ready to cheer them on early Saturday morning back in the states.
"It’s a different start to this season, that we're at 8:30 in the morning, we're at a bar, hanging out with a bunch of alumni and all the other seniors," said Penn State fan Eric Forester.
Kildare's in State College was pack with fans of all ages watching the game. Steve baker, of Montgomery, drove two hours to be there.
"It was too far to walk to Ireland so I figured I'd get here in State College."
There was tailgate food, even some breakfast. The fans were really there to see the game and cheers to their team.
"I love it,” said Baker. “Any time my wife is smiling and I can drink before noon, we're there."
"I saw lines at at least 3 or 4 bars walking here so it's awesome,” said Penn State fan Julian Pritcher. “I think people are just excited for Franklin."
This game marked coach Fanklin's debut.
"He's been doing really good in the recruiting department and everything and it's great to see him in action there out on the field," said Forester.
And after the day's big win, you bet fans are ready to see the team in action at Beaver Stadium.
"I'm excited for what this season has to bring,” said Barr. “It's going to be a fun year."
The team is back in action next week at home against Akron.

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