The Penn State University football team is set to start the season this weekend, but hotel owners in the area say fans shouldn’t have trouble finding rooms for the opening game. According to the Centre Daily Times, hotels are reporting lower occupancy than the same time last year.
Although Penn State, particularly its football organization, has been afflicted with its fair share of scandals over the past two years, hoteliers do not believe that the off-field turmoil is contributing to the decrease in crowds. Instead, they are attributing the vacancies to a less-than-stellar opponent and the fact that coach Bill O’Brien’s mystique has worn off.
In order to fill some of the rooms, many area hotels have done away with their two-night minimum stay requirement for this weekend.
Other game-day weekends look better for several Penn State hotels with match-ups against Central Florida and Kent State drawing in more out-of-town crowds.
More on the Centre Daily Times.