Nittany Lion Request

Nittany Lion Request


  • The costume is only to be loaned out to someone who is a Penn State Student or Employee.

  • The Lion can only attend an event where alcohol is being served if it is a Penn State Event.

  • Individuals should not stay in Lion Costume more than 45 minutes at one time. The suit gets very hot and is made from very thick fur with a canvas liner along with leather gloves. The suit can get as hot as 70-80 degrees, even on a cold day. If temperature in location (inside or outside) is more than 75 degrees, the time reduces to 20 minutes.  If temperatures are above 85 degrees, the time reduces to 10 minutes.  Breaks should be at least 10 minutes in length.

  • If walking in a parade longer than 1 mile or the temperature is expected to be over 70 degrees transportation must be provided for the person wearing the Lion costume.

  • If the request is outside of the 20 mile radius from campus we require the organization to reimburse the student the standard IRS mileage rate. If your event is less than 20 miles no reimbursement is required.

  • The Lion is allowed to participate in Mascot contests, however we ask that other mascots do not try to challenge or play fight with him. Due to the helmet design his peripheral vision is impaired. He can only see what’s directly in front of him.

  • An assistant will accompany the Lion on his visit. They are responsible for being an extra set of eyes and ear. They also serve as the voice for the Lion as they are not allowed to talk while in costume. They help to guide the lion through crowds, answer questions, and protect the Lion.

  • The Nittany Lion is a current student so academics comes first. Appearances are based on the student's availability.

  • Requests have a better chance of being filled during the academic year (August-May). All summer requests will be based on the Lions availability.