Beaver Stadium

Penn State's Beaver Stadium is usually packed for "Whiteout games," but due to COVID-19 there will be no fans this Saturday.
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Penn State will fill Beaver Stadium and other athletic venues to full capacity this fall as fans return to the stands for the first time in nearly two years.

The announcement comes just one day after Governor Tom Wolf lifted all capacity limits for business and events in Pennsylvania. The state’s mask mandate is expected to be repealed by June 28.

There won't be any fans in the stands to rush the field if Penn State upsets Ohio State Saturday, like they did in this Oct. 22, 2016 file photo.
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On Saturday, Penn State’s football team will host the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The university is providing on-campus students with new and safe ways to watch the game. 

Penn State's Beaver Stadium is usually packed for "Whiteout games," but due to COVID-19 there will be no fans this Saturday.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

Penn State’s plan to renovate the president’s suite in Beaver Stadium and install an exclusive elevator has been shelved. The project had been slated to be completed in time for the fall 2019 football season.

A Penn State physical plant spokeswoman said in an email that the project is on hold as the university evaluates options. She did not provide details about why the project has been shelved.

Beaver stadium
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How much are history and tradition worth? It's a question Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour will soon answer about the school's football stadium.

University officials are seeking options to renovate or replace Beaver Stadium in the next 10 years. Penn State has hired an architecture firm to recommend improvements and funding plans for its 18 athletic facilities, including the world's third-largest stadium.