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December 17, 1997 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer Associated Press
Penn State is studying the idea of expanding Beaver Stadium with more than just the traditional bench seating. A sports consulting firm is questioning members of the football booster club to gauge their interest in private luxury suites. The cost? Upwards of $60,000 a season or $400,000 for 10 years. And you still have to buy a ticket. "We have a waiting list right now," university director of athletics Timothy Curley said yesterday. "This season we weren't even able to accommodate our Nittany Lion Club members.
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August 26, 1986 | By JAY GREENBERG, Daily News Sports Writer
Beaver Stadium is now big enough to hold every man, woman and child in Reading while the entire population of Lancaster tailgates outside. It is a very big place - with a capacity of 83,770, it is the eighth- largest stadium in the country - and still the demand for rear-end space on one of those 120 rows of aluminum benches outruns the supply. Let's put it this way: If you go by the 1980 census, there are still 11,780,950 Pennsylvanians who could not fit into the place. Those who still would like to would be advised to do one of two things: enroll at Pennsylvania State University, maintain a 2.0 grade-point average and get one of the 20,000 student tickets; or listen to Nittany Lion football on one of 51 radio stations, and be patient.
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January 30, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE - Ever since it was disassembled in 1960 and relocated to an eastern edge of Penn State's campus, Beaver Stadium, like some '57 Chevy in Cuba, has been repaired, patched and, where possible, upgraded. But after 56 years, Happy Valley's most iconic structure is rusting, sputtering and due either for a major overhaul or replacement. "When you stand on the Beaver Stadium field at kickoff and there are 107,000 fans in the stands, there's not a better place in college football," said Phil Esten, Penn State's deputy director of athletics.
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September 16, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
One can sense the awe in Michael Fay's voice as he talks about Penn State and Beaver Stadium and the hope as he recounts the story of waiting a few years ago for someone on the Nittany Lions' coaching staff to make a recruiting call to him. The call never came, and the 6-foot-4, 294-pound junior from Allentown will line up at left guard for Kent State when it plays the Lions on Saturday. Still, Fay holds no grudge and eagerly awaits the opportunity to step on the green grass before more than 100,000 spectators.
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June 7, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers have had preliminary discussions about playing a regular-season game at Penn State's Beaver Stadium against their archrivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, club president Peter Luukko confirmed Wednesday. "We have spoken to the Pens and the league about expressing our combined interest," Luukko said. "Not sure if next year is a possibility. Penn State is very interested. " Outdoor games are all the rage in the NHL. Six of them are planned for next season, including events at Dodger Stadium, Yankee Stadium (twice)
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October 28, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It was two hours before kickoff of Penn State's biggest game of the year, and a 17-year-old wearing a navy sweat suit weaved through a sea of white-clad fans outside Beaver Stadium. He was the biggest celebrity in sight. Fans stopped to say hello to Christian Hackenberg, the five-star quarterback orally committed to play for Penn State next season. They high-fived him. They wished him luck in his senior season at Fork Union Military Academy (Va.). They wanted to thank him for sticking with his commitment to the Nittany Lions, even through the crippling NCAA sanctions, even through Penn State's 0-2 start.
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September 8, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin raced out of the South tunnel at Beaver Stadium with his team Saturday for the first time as Penn State head coach. But he admitted after his successful debut that he was fighting back tears much earlier when he accompanied the Nittany Lions walking from their buses on Curtin Road and into Beaver Stadium through a double column of Penn State fans. "Getting off that bus and walking into the stadium . . . I'm an emotional guy, and I was fighting back my emotions the whole time," Franklin said.
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October 18, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Penn State must replace Beaver Stadium's football field after jubilant students celebrating a win over Michigan tore up sod on the 50-yard-line and in the end zones. Authorities yesterday continued their investigation of the late-night revelry, which began Saturday after the Nittany Lions' 31-24 victory at Ann Arbor. More than 10,000 students and other fans roamed campus in rowdy clusters, yelling in support of their team, which moved up to No. 1 Sunday in the Associated Press and CNN/ USA Today polls.
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November 13, 1991 | by Mark Kram, Daily News Sports Writer
I know I have bad seats for the Penn State-West Virginia tussle when, instead of an usher, a Sherpa guide comes up to me and asks: "Can I see your ticket stub?" When he points up a steep incline of concrete steps to the snowcapped top row at Beaver Stadium, I fall in line behind a character wearing a Penn State jersey with two globular love handles spilling out the back. He squints up at his seats, down at his ticket, up at his seats, then over his shoulder at a women loaded down with sandwiches and sodas.
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July 19, 2016
Perhaps concerned that Penn State's status as a national monument to sports-inspired mass delusion was not completely secure, more than 200 former football players recently petitioned university officials to reerect a bronze likeness of tarnished coaching legend Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium, which was removed four years ago as a sexual-abuse scandal shook State College. Then, just a week after this latest attempt to rewrite Penn State's modern history, a Philadelphia judge unsealed reports that convicted child predator and longtime Paterno assistant Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused children there - and that Paterno and other coaches knew about it - as long ago as the Ford administration.
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July 16, 2016
ISSUE | PENN STATE SCANDAL Paterno is no hero Amen to sports columnist Mike Jensen's plea to refrain from bringing back the bronze statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno to Beaver Stadium ("Keep Paterno statue in a dark place," Wednesday). Imagine the impact Paterno could have had on the generations of young men he coached had they witnessed him firing his former assistant, child predator Jerry Sandusky. What a major life lesson they would have learned about the absolute imperative to protect our children.
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July 7, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
More than 200 former Pennsylvania State University football players sent a letter to the school's board of trustees and president Eric Barron on Tuesday asking that the large bronze statue of their beloved coach, Joe Paterno, be returned to campus. "We have been told during the last four-plus years that the board and administration are waiting for the appropriate time to repair the damage they created," said Brian Masella, a former tight end and punter for the Nittany Lions and a 1975 alumnus.
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June 15, 2016 | Philly.com Staff
The Penn State football team is scheduled to host Temple at noon on Sept. 17, the school announced Monday. The Nittany Lions opened the 2015 season at Temple, and the Owls earned a 27-10 win. The last time Temple visited Beaver Stadium, in 2014, Penn State won, 30-13. Penn State also announced it will open the 2016 season in Beaver Stadium against Kent State on Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m.. Both the Temple and Kent State games are to be shown on the Big Ten Network. The Nittany Lions had already announced a visit to Pittsburgh on Sept.
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May 5, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Watching those Nittany Lion home games may soon become even more palatable. A committee of Pennsylvania State University trustees on Thursday recommended that some fans be allowed to buy alcoholic beverages at Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and other athletic facilities on the University Park campus. The proposal is expected to win full board approval on Friday. Sales would occur only in private and controlled areas - including suites, club seats and reception areas - under the proposal.
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April 17, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Blue-White Game Saturday at 2 p.m., Beaver Stadium, State College Players to Watch: Redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley and redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens are competing for the quarterback job left vacant by Christian Hackenberg's move to the NFL. Head coach James Franklin has not named a starter and said the competition will resume in August at training camp. . . . New offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead has revamped the offense to more of a hurry-up, no-huddle attack. . . . The Nittany Lions are looking at improvements along the offensive line, and fresh bodies on the defensive line to replace three starters - Carl Nassib, Anthony Zettel and Austin Johnson.
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April 17, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Saeed Blacknall felt he was well prepared for Penn State's first spring practice session in full pads, eager to join his teammates in trying out a fresh no-huddle, high-tempo offense installed by new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. "That's when we really got introduced to the tempo and being able to run your route and run the offense," Blacknall, a junior wide receiver, said earlier this week. "But after the sixth or seventh rep, we were exhausted and trying to get acclimated with the new tempo because last year we used to huddle a lot. "So this year it's a lot faster, back to back to back.
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February 23, 2016 | By Rob Tornoe, Staff Writer
Last year, the NCAA gave back former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's football wins, vacated following the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal. But so far the iconic bronze statue of the beloved coach that was removed from outside Beaver Stadium in 2012 remains hidden in a "secure location. " Penn State fans and the late coach's family may soon be able to see new replica statues that look nearly identical to the original. Paterno's upraised right hand, originally cast in a "Number One" gesture, will now be a defiantly clenched fist.
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February 5, 2016 | Erin McCarthy, Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - From Beaver Stadium to the Lasch Building war room, the football facilities on Penn State's campus buzzed Wednesday. Recruits faxed in their commitments in the morning as fans on campus celebrated. For the Nittany Lions, national signing day went off without many surprises, which meant coach James Franklin and his staff could breathe a collective sigh of relief. Shaka Toney, Penn State's only 2016 commit from the Philadelphia area, was still on the fence Tuesday night about where he should send his National Letter of Intent.
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January 30, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE - Ever since it was disassembled in 1960 and relocated to an eastern edge of Penn State's campus, Beaver Stadium, like some '57 Chevy in Cuba, has been repaired, patched and, where possible, upgraded. But after 56 years, Happy Valley's most iconic structure is rusting, sputtering and due either for a major overhaul or replacement. "When you stand on the Beaver Stadium field at kickoff and there are 107,000 fans in the stands, there's not a better place in college football," said Phil Esten, Penn State's deputy director of athletics.
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