New Brunswick bars dispel 'rented out' rumors
As the Rutgers-Penn State rivalry intensifies, so are rumors on campus.
Penn State sold its entire allotment of student tickets for tomorrow’s game, according to Onward State, Penn State’s student-run blog. Since then, many Scarlet Knight fans speculated that Happy Valleyers “rented out” several popular bars off campus.
Although no bars have confirmed being rented out on game day, Mike’s Courtside Tavern is scheduled to host an “Alumni and Friends Mixer” tonight at 7 p.m., according to Penn State Alumni Association’s website.
In response to the gossip, student hotspot Huey’s Knight Club Tweeted, “… we’re definitely not “rented out”. [sic] #rumors.”
Knight Club manager Lucas Picking said he does not know how the rumors began. Rather than renting out, the bar plans to host a “Red Carpet Party” featuring a photo booth and t-shirt giveaways.
“If you walk into Knight Club, it’s by far the most decked out on Rutgers’ campus … There’s no question where our allegiance is,” he said.
Other bars, such as Golden Rail, Olive Branch and Kelly’s Korner, will open earlier to the public and offer drink specials.
Bill Bliziotis, manager of the Olde Queens Tavern-owned BlitzBurgers, said his establishment is loyal to the Scarlet Knights.
“The only people we take is Rutgers [people]. We don’t take Penn State. We don’t take anyone else,” he said. “We’re die hard Rutgers.”