12 Facts About Beaver Stadium


Beaver Stadium is an outdoor college football stadium on the campus of Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.

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Beaver Stadium has an official seating capacity of 106,572, making it currently the second largest stadium in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth largest in the world.

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Beaver Stadium is widely known as one of the toughest venues for opposing teams in collegiate athletics.

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In 2016, Beaver Stadium was voted the number-one football stadium in college football in a USA Today poll, garnering over 41 percent of the vote.

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Beaver Stadium was the first to have its interior included in Google Street View.

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Beaver Stadium Field, a 500-seat structure located behind the current site of the Osmond Building, was the first permanent home for Penn State's football team, and the first game played there was a Penn State victory over Western University of Pennsylvania on November 6,1893.

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In 1909, New Beaver Stadium Field opened just northeast of Rec Hall, roughly in the current location of the Nittany Parking deck.

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Beaver Stadium has been expanded six times, reflecting Penn State's rise to national prominence under Joe Paterno—more than doubling in size in the process.

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Nine markers depicting the various traditions of Beaver Stadium, including the Blue Band, the student section, and the blue buses which bring the team to the stadium, have been placed around the stadium as well.

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Many fans are opposed to replacing Beaver Stadium due to the history and tradition but many agree that there is a need for renovation.

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Beaver Stadium hosted 8 games in 2002, and averaged 107,239 per game totaling what was at the time an NCAA record of 857,911 in total home attendance.

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Zombie Nation along with the Penn State Whiteout, have been direct influencers of Beaver Stadium being home to what many consider the best student section in college football.

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