Lion Paws Up: Lady GaGa to Play PSU March 2

Lady GaGa is heading back to school. The pop phenomenon brings the “Born This Way Ball” to Penn State University’s Bryce Jordan Center on March 2.

Bernie Punt, a representative for the Jordan Center, said the venue reached out to promoter Live Nation’s Philadelphia office about bringing GaGa to campus.

“We tossed around about four or five different A-listers,” Punt revealed. “GaGa opened up, and we jumped at it.”

The “Poker Face” singer will make 25 stops on the North American leg of her tour, and the Penn State date is her only show on a campus. Even Punt admitted that PSU does stick out a little on the itinerary; GaGa performs at State College, PA between shows in Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C., and Brooklyn. But, that isn’t to say the BJC isn’t up to hosting a big name.

“Jay-Z rehearsed here before kicking off his North American tour here,” Punt noted, while also mentioning performers at the venue have included Bruce Springsteen and Carrie Underwood.

While Lady GaGa is known because of her music, she is becoming as known for her stances on political and social issues. Punt said that her camp has already reached out to the University.

“(GaGa’s people) want to be linked up with the LGBT organization on campus,” he said. “That will happen after fall break.”

The concert announcement was made to the student body last weekend during the Nittany Lions game against Indiana. Punt said “people went nuts,” and that he’s received great feedback on Facebook as well.

GaGa’s “BTW Ball” will take place during Penn State’s spring break. Punt estimates that about 75 percent of the crowd will be made up of people driving in from out of town. Tickets go on sale November 30 at 10 AM; no ticket prices have been announced.

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