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Penn State again paying bars to stay closed on 'State Patty's Day'

By: WJAC Web Staff

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State will be paying bars and bottle shops in downtown State College to close Saturday for the student created holiday "State Patty's Day."

Penn State University and State College police teamed up to find a way to significantly decrease the drinking during the day.

Last year, the university paid each bar $5,000 to close. This year, they used a tiered method to pay establishments based on their occupancy levels.

"It's going to benefit residents to have very little alcohol for consumption this Saturday," said State College Police Chief Tom King.

Businesses with occupancies of more than 360 people will get $7,500. Those that have 250 and up will receive $6,000, those with 100 or more will receive $5,000 and a business with an occupancy of less than 100 gets $2,500.

Officials from the State Patty's task force said the no alcohol zone in the downtown area is to help shut down the party.

There will be two or three restaurants downtown Saturday that will be serving alcohol with meals and people are encouraged to eat downtown that night to support the businesses.

Officials said they realize they cannot continue to pay off the bars so next year a different type of plan is in the works for students and out of town guests.

In recent years, police have said the parties have shifted from downtown to other State College neighborhoods and to the out-lying student housing complexes in the surrounding townships.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times