December 17, 1997 |
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.
August 26, 1986 |
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.
September 16, 2010 |
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.
June 7, 2013 |
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)
October 28, 2012 |
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.
September 8, 2014 |
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.
October 18, 1994 |
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.
November 13, 1991 |
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.
November 24, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - When Matt Freeman said he wanted to become the feature baton twirler for Pennsylvania State University, his high school principal in southern California laughed and told him he needed realistic dreams. "I have proved him wrong in everything he's ever told me," Freeman said. For 31/2 years, Freeman - six times a world champion - has dazzled crowds at Beaver Stadium as feature twirler for the Penn State Blue Band. He twirls five batons at once, tosses them high, rolls them on his neck and bounces them like boomerangs.
August 23, 2001 |
As a 32-year-old assistant in 1959, Joe Paterno told Penn State head coach Rip Engle that Nittany Lions football was headed for ruination. Paterno's dire prediction was prompted by the news that Beaver Field was going to be dismantled into 700 pieces and moved a mile east from the heart of the campus to a rural area. Only the displaced cows that grazed along the new site were more put out than Paterno. "I thought the stadium was already in an ideal spot," Paterno said. "I told Rip it would ruin football at Penn State.