The Penn State winter sports season is entering the home stretch, meaning there’s no better time to plan a Penn State sports weekend getaway with Lion Country Lodging.

No matter what sport you’re interested in, there are plenty of great games upcoming. In addition, we’re featuring great specials at all six of our properties throughout the winter so you can save on your visit. Learn more here.


The two-time defending national champion Penn State wrestling team has several key matchups ahead. If you can get a ticket, you’re in for a real treat. Rec Hall is always packed and filled to the rafters as the Penn State fans provide one of the best atmospheres in college sports. Other than a Penn State football game, a Penn State wrestling match is known to be the best sporting event to see in Happy Valley.

Sunday January 27 vs. Nebraska – Reserve your room

Sunday February 17 vs. Rider – Reserve your room

Men’s Basketball

Head into the Bryce Jordan Center and watch the Nittany Lions face some of the best teams in the Big Ten. A Penn State basketball game is not only entertaining but also affordable for the whole family. Come see possible Sweet 16 or Elite 8 teams before March Madness. To see ticket prices and more information click here.

Saturday January 26 vs. No. 14 Ohio State – Reserve your room

Sunday March 10 vs. Wisconsin – Reserve your room

Lady Lions Basketball

See the defending Big Ten champions continue their quest to defend their title. Standout junior guard Maggie Lucas is one of the best players in the country and is certainly worth the price of admission. For ticket information click here.

Sunday February 10 vs. Michigan State –Reserve your room

Sunday February 24 vs. Michigan * Pink Zone game – Reserve your room

Men’s Ice Hockey

Experience Penn State hockey for one last time in the Greenberg Ice Pavilion before the program moves into the lavish Pegula Ice Arena next season.

Friday February 1 vs. Ohio – Reserve your room

Saturday February 2 vs. Ohio – Reserve your room

Friday February 8 vs. Alabama Huntsville – Reserve your room

Saturday February 9 vs. Alabama Huntsville – Reserve your room

Places to Dine

Whether you want to eat before or after the game, there’s no shortage of great places to have a meal in Happy Valley. Here are some restaurants located conveniently near several of our properties.

Carnegie House Restaurant at the Carnegie Inn & Spa

Dining is elevated to another level when you visit the Carnegie House Restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can enjoy award-winning menus prepared by Executive Chef Lisa Palermo. From canapés in the lounge, to a carefully crafted meal, to a drink after dinner, dining at Carnegie is a splendid experience. To make a dining reservation click here.

Gigi’s Restaurant and Wine Lounge

Gigi’s is located on Cato Avenue, just down the street from the Nittany Budget Motel. (website) Gigi’s is one of the hidden gems of dining in State College. The staff is committed to providing new and exciting menu options frequently. The restaurant has a relaxing atmosphere, but especially on Friday and Saturday which is “Martini Night.”

View the Martini Night menu here. To make reservations at Gigi’s call 814-861-3463.

Mad Mex

Mad Mex is located directly next to the Days Inn Penn State (website). Enjoy a bully busting burrito or a tall delicious margarita. Even if you’re just looking for a fun spot with friends, Mad Mex is one of the liveliest nightspots in State College.

Visit Lion Country LodgingWebsite to make a reservation

 Carnegie Inn & Spa - (814) 234-2424

100 Cricklewood Drive State College, PA 16803

Days Inn Penn State - (814) 238-8454

240 S. Pugh Street State College, PA 16801

Hilton Garden Inn - (814)-272-1221

1221 East College Avenue State College, PA 16801

Nittany Budget Motel - (814) 238-0015

2070 Cato Avenue State College, PA 16801

Quality Inn State College - (814) 234-1600

1274 North Atherton Street State College, PA 16803

Super 8 - (814) 237-8005

1663 S. Atherton St State College, PA 16801