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Beaver Stadium Renovations

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!).

Beaver Stadium Renovations

The Beav.
The Beav. NABIL K. MARK / Special to The Inquirer

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.

-- The on-going power washing and painting project in the seating area included some sections on the west side of the stadium. In addition, structure upgrades and painting have occurred on the underside of the stadium.

-- Penn State’s highly-successful recycling program in the parking lots is being expanded to inside the stadium.

-- New flat screen HDTVs are being installed in the Mount Nittany Club for club patrons.

-- Also, a new Gameday Operations command center is being constructed to assist in the coordination and efficiency of all stadium and gameday operations.

-- Additional improvements for fans entering the stadium and fans with ticketing and parking questions will be announced soon.

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

This season is Joe's fourth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

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