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Beaver Stadium

University Park, PA

Home of the Penn State Nittany Lions

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Beaver Stadium (map it)
University Dr & Park Ave
University Park, PA 16802


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Year Opened: 1960

Capacity: 106,572

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Blue and White in Happy Valley

Beaver Stadium at Penn State University is the second largest college football stadium in the United States. The iconic facility was originally built in 1960 and expanded several times to a max capacity of 107,282. However, capacity was reduced to 106,572 in 2011 to meet ADA requirements. Beaver Stadium is home to only one team, the Penn State Nittany Lions football team who play in the East Division of the Big 10.

Beaver Stadium is named in honor of Civil War veteran James A Beaver who later became governor of Pennsylvania.

Experiencing a night game “White-Out” at Beaver Stadium is a thrilling experience and should be on every football fan’s bucket list.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

Beaver Stadium has typical stadium food unless you sit in the Club Seats which have upgraded food including fresh cut meats. The highlight specialty items include Penn State Creamery Ice Cream which is made on campus ($5), BBQ pulled pork ($8), pulled pork nachos ($6.50), and Game Day Turkey Sandwich ($6.50).

Penn State has a Pepsi contract so most drinks are Pepsi brand. Regular sodas are $3 and a large will set you back $4. Bottles of Aquafina and Gatorade are also available ($4). No alcoholic beverages are served in Beaver Stadium.

Atmosphere    5

Lee Corso from ESPN says that a game day at Beaver Stadium is one of the best places in America. The atmosphere varies with the time of kickoff and quality of opponent. At least once per season, Penn State has an 8pm kickoff under the lights, and fans are encouraged to wear all white. This creates an awesome "White-Out" atmosphere on TV and it's even better live in the Stadium.

The stadium itself is a large bowl with a nice club seat section in the south end zone. The club seats are sold with a long term contract and license fee that brings the cost per seat to about $300 per game. But the club itself is beautiful with a large indoor area with upgraded food, TVs and couches. It's worth the price especially when the weather outside is snowy, rainy, cold or hot.

Students line up early to get best seats in south end zone which creates one of the better home field advantages in the Big 10.

Tailgating at Penn State is awesome and often a family tradition passed down from generation to generation. Penn State fans welcome opposing team fans into their elaborate tailgate parties.

Get in your seat at least 30 minute before kickoff to watch the Penn State Blue Band perform. Watch the drum major spring down the field and do a flip with a perfect landing!

Neighborhood    5

Penn State is surrounded by the town of State College, Pennsylvania which has plenty of nice hotels, fun bars, and great restaurants close to campus and Beaver Stadium. Most bars and restaurants are downtown on College Avenue, but there are also some near Toftrees Golf Resort North of downtown.

If you're staying in town I would recommend the Toftrees Marriott Golf Resort.

Try the American Ale House if you need a place to grab a bite to eat.

If eating downtown, try The Fraser Street Deli, offering over 100 sandwiches named after Penn State athletes, coaches and distinguished professors, specializing in breakfast burritos, Reubens, and Panini.

Shandygaff is a good choice if you're looking for a typical college bar experience, or you can check out the Local Whiskey if you would like something a little bit nicer.

Fans    4

Students camp out in tents at Beaver Stadium entrance which has been named Nittanyville, so they can get best seats for big games. The stadium sells out for big games, but students usually leave early if the score is lopsided. The stadium gets loud for close games, and the "WE ARE....PENN STATE" cheer is very impressive to experience in person.

Access    4

State College is located in the middle of Pennsylavania and is accessible from the West by I-80, from the South by I-99, and from the Southeast by Rt 322. Beaver Stadium is on the east side of campus and is a short walk from the main campus and downtown. Many tailgaters arrive Friday night for a Saturday game. Traffic in an out is manageable, but many fans tailgate for awhile to let traffic subside after a big game. There is no mass transit other than buses.

Parking is plentiful and reasonably priced. Car parking is $100 for a season parking pass or $40 per game for day of game. RV Parking is $350 for season pass or $120 per game for day of game.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets can be bought on game days for as low as $20 each depending on the opponent. Club Seats cost over $300 each when you include license fee and parking.

Extras    3

There is a great sports museum in Beaver Stadium which is open on game days.

Beaver Stadium is located in the mountains of central Pennsylvania in an area called Happy Valley. On a sunny Fall day there are really nice views of Mount Nittany from the south end of the stadium and spectacular sunsets to the west.

If you get to the game two hours before kickoff you can see the Penn State players get off their blue buses and walk through the crowd and into Beaver Stadium. The players high five the fans, and it gets very loud.

As a Penn State alum, I\'ve spent quite a bit of time in Beaver Stadium. This review was an excellen

As a Penn State alum, I've spent quite a bit of time in Beaver Stadium. This review was an excellent, dead-on accurate assessment of the Nittany Lion football experience. Nice work!

by samanthabunten | Oct 05, 2010 04:16 AM

Tailgating here is an art and is one of the most expansive in the nation. Most tailgating lots are

Tailgating here is an art and is one of the most expansive in the nation. Most tailgating lots are grass so you can secure the popular square tailgateing tents to the ground. It is windy here often so believe me you will need stakes!! lots open 7am for noon kick and 8am for all others so get here early. You can park pretty close to the stadium for public parking on the nrtheast and east side if you get there early. You will be parking in a cow pasture(for real) but it is very nice. Hilly terrain can be an issue for setting up so again come early to tailgate and find a level spot for your gear. The views are also the best from lots east of the stadium and a tram car will even deliver you to the stadium!! I have been to 10/12 Big ten schools and it doesn't get any better than this

by SHUTTERBUG | Nov 16, 2010 12:54 AM

Warning

Be sure to avoid Uncle Jerry

by rit01818 | Sep 29, 2013 04:39 PM

Engaging mascot

The Nittany Lion is great - he spends a lot of time in the stands with fans, even letting himself be crowdsurfed, etc. Lots of fun to see him, and cool that Penn State tries to engage the fans like that.

by Aaron S. Terry | Nov 25, 2015 08:58 AM

Enjoy while you can

Penn State just said they are planning massive changes to the stadium (among the issues are the bleacher seats, the lack of concession stands, and poor plumbing) within the next ten years and even talked about replacing it altogether

by J-Man | Feb 21, 2016 03:02 AM

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Crowd Reviews

White Out

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

Beaver Stadium sits in the shadows of Mt. Nittany in University Park, PA, also known as Happy Valley. With a capacity of 107,282, Beaver Stadium is the 2nd largest college football stadium in the country.

The stadium was built in 1960 when the University relocated Beaver Field from the middle to the edge of campus. A large number of the seats are from the old Beaver Field when the wooden bleachers were replaced with steel in 1936. The rural setting of the stadium and its unique design - often referred to as erector-set-like - is what makes Beaver Stadium unlike any other that you will visit.

Joe Paterno Stadium

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

Been to about 10 games at Beaver Stadium so far. If the weather is nice, you have several square miles of tailgating on the fields that surround the stadium. If the weather is poor, you have several square miles of tailgating the snow or mud. Either way, the crowds are huge and fun and knowledgeable and LOUD. The student section is wild. Avoid it if you'd like to be able to hear any time during the next few weeks. The stadium and field are amazing but it is the overall experience is makes it worth the trip and ticket prices. I gave the food an average rating only because, I've never eaten any food from inside the stadium. All food eating is done outside. State College is a great little town with lots of good places to eat and drink.

wHITE OUT

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Everyone should experience a white house at night once in their lifetime.

WE ARE.....PENN STATE

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

I've been a Penn State season ticket holder for 20 years,and there is a new energy in Beaver Stadium since Bill O'Brien became head coach! Bill will win a National Championship at Penn State (unless an NFL team steals him away)

Beaver Stadium

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 5

Beaver Stadium sits in the shadows of Mt. Nittany in University Park, PA, also known as Happy Valley. With a capacity of 106,572, Beaver Stadium is the second largest college football stadium in the Western Hemisphere.

The stadium was built in 1960 when the University relocated Beaver Field from the middle of campus to the edge. Some components of the stadium date back to 1909. A large number of the seats are from the old Beaver Field when the wooden bleachers were replaced with steel in 1936. The rural setting of the stadium and its unique design -- often referred to as erector-set-like -- is what makes Beaver Stadium unlike any other that you will visit.

Tough parking, but unbeatable atmosphere

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

Parking is a nightmare, and you will probably have to park in a grass field a long walk from the venue, unless they have done massive construction since I was last there. But the fans cannot be beat, and the atmosphere is amazing. Even during a game versus a D2 opponent, the fans are loud and engaged, and stay the whole time, with team colors solid across the whole stadium.

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Local Food & Drink

Zeno's  (map it!)

100 W College Ave

State College, PA 16801

(814) 237-4350

http://www.zenospub.com/

The Fraser Street Deli  (map it!)

109 S Fraser St

State College, PA 16801

(814) 234-1918

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Otto’s Pub & Brewery   (map it!)

2235 N Atherton St

State College, PA 16803

(814) 867-6886

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The Waffle Shop  (map it!)

364 E College Ave

State College, PA 16801

(814) 237-9741

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American Ale House  (map it!)

821 Cricklewood Dr

State College, PA 16803

(814) 237-9701

http://www.americanalehouse.net/

The Shandygaff  (map it!)

212 E College Ave

State College, PA 16801

http://www.theshandygaff.com/

Local Whiskey  (map it!)

107 E Beaver Ave

State College, PA 16801

(814) 272-6831

http://www.localwhiskeybar.com/

Local Entertainment

Berkey Creamery  (map it!)

119 Food Science Bldg.

University Park, PA 16802

(814) 865-7535

http://creamery.psu.edu/

Fisherman’s Paradise  (map it!)

Spring Creek

State College, PA 16801

http://www.visitpennstate.org/outdoors/state-college-fishing-guide.php

Lodging

Holiday Inn Express State College  (map it!)

1925 Waddle Rd

State College, PA 16803

(814) 867-1800

http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/state-college/scewr/hoteldetail

Toftrees Marriott Golf Resort  (map it!)

1 Country Club Ln

State College, PA 16803

(814) 234-8000

http://www.toftrees.com/

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