Beaver Stadium gets another makeover - albiet small compared to years past - as the season nears its commencement. Here are some of the new features as provided by the Penn State Athletics Department in a press release sent out today. Notice how the lousy, cramped, one bathroom press box isn't mentioned (hate to complain!).
-- One of the most significant stadium enhancements is the construction of a new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) facility on the East side, ground level, of the stadium. The new facility features much more space and the ability for more privacy for the patrons. A reception and waiting area, nurses’ station, patient bays, ADA accessibility and restrooms are among the features of the EMS facility.
-- New LED ribbon boards that run the length of the end zones on the north and south deck facings. The ribbon boards will be the brightest message centers in the stadium and include game information and statistics, as well as interactive messaging for the crowd.
-- A new sound system for the concourse and ground levels of the stadium. There should be substantial improvement in the quality of sound to all points under the bowl, including concession areas and restrooms. A new sound system was installed for the stadium bowl prior to the 2007 season.
-- New field lighting is being installed that will improve the brightness on the field and the reliability of the entire lighting system. The new lights will bring the average foot candle to on the field to just over 100, a substantial improvement from the previous level.
-- A new entry gate for ADA patrons has been established at the site of the old EMS facility on the west side of the stadium, in addition to Gates A, B, C and E.