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Beaver StadiumPenn State Nittany Lions

E Park Ave & Fox Hollow Rd, University Park, PA, 16802
    Beaver Stadium is home to the University of Pennsylvania's Nittany Lions, located in University Park, Pennsylvania. The stadium is named for James A. Beaver, a former governor of Pennsylvania and president of the university's board of trustees. The student section "S-zone" is a storied tradition at Beaver Stadium. A small section behind the end zone are all given white and blue shirts by the Pennsylvania State University Lion Ambassadors to create an "S" in the senior student section. The "S-zone" was moved from the 20 yard line to its current location at the beginning of the 2011 football season, as the student section was shifted over to between the 10 yard lines.

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    The stadium opened in 1960 with construction costs of $1.6 million. The stadium has been expanded six times, reflecting Penn State's rise to national prominence under former coach Joe Paterno--more than doubling in size in the process. Expansions in 1972 brought capacity to 57,538. Another expansion in 1976 increased capacity to 60,203. In 1978, 16,000 seats were added when the stadium was cut into sections and raised on hydraulic lifts, allowing the insertion of seating along the inner ring of the stadium where the track had previously been located, raising capacity to 76,639. In 1980, maximum capacity increased to 83,770. In 1985, walkways were added around the tops of the end zones and entry ramps at the stadium's corners resulted in lowering the capacity to 83,370. An expansion was completed for the 1991 football season, placing an upper deck addition over the north end zone and raising capacity to 93,967. A major and somewhat controversial construction project took place in 2001, raising the stadium's total capacity to 107,282. An upper deck was added to the south end of the stadium, blocking the view of neighboring Nittany Mountain, which had sentimental value for some fans. The upper deck addition makes Beaver Stadium the second largest stadium in nation, behind Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI.


    • Beaver Stadium
      E Park Ave & Fox Hollow Rd   University Park, PA 16802
      Call at (814) 864-700

    Venue Details

    • 1960
    • Pennsylvania State University
    • Outdoor
    • Beaver Field
    • Yes
    • No
    • Grass
    • 107282


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      • $40
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