The night before Joe Paterno opens his 43rd season as coach of the Nittany Lions, hip-hop singer Fergie will headline the first-ever concert at Beaver Stadium.
Fergie will perform April 18, and the annual Blue-White spring football scrimmage will be held the next afternoon at the stadium.
The concert is one of at least 15 to be held during spring football games at college campuses around the country as part of “Gridiron Bash,” an event created by New York-based MSL Sports and Entertainment. The event Web site calls “Gridiron Bash” a fan competition and entertainment experience that will be the “largest, single-day sports and entertainment event ever.”
Home for the Nittany Lions since being built in 1960, the 107,282-seat Beaver Stadium is second in size only to Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Michigan is in the process of expanding the capacity of the Big House from 107,501 to more than 108,000.
The 81-year-old Paterno may have up to 17 starters back from the 2007 squad when spring drills begin in late March. Practice ends with the Blue-White game.
The 32-year-old Fergie, whose name is Stacy Ann Ferguson, is a member of the Black Eyed Peas. Her hit song “Big Girls Don't Cry” from “The Dutchess” has been nominated for a Grammy award in the best female pop vocal category.