Penn State All-Sports Museum To Open February 17
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., January 15, 2002 -- The opening of the Penn State All-Sports Museum is rapidly approaching, with the public opening set for Sunday, February 17.
The museum honors the student-athletes and coaches down through history who have helped make Penn State's intercollegiate athletic program one of the best in the nation. Exhibits highlight the success of 32 varsity men's and women's sports, including three that no longer have varsity status-boxing, bowling and rifle.
"We are extremely pleased with the upcoming opening of the All-Sports Museum," said Tim Curley, Director of Athletics. "The public and especially our loyal fans will now have the opportunity to look back on the great legacy of Penn State sports. This is a special tribute to our coaches and student-athletes-not just those of the past but also the men and women who are coaching and competing right now."
The All-Sports Museum is located in the southwest corner of Beaver Stadium adjacent to the new museum gift shop operated by the Penn State Book Store. A long canopy leading from Curtin Road marks the museum entrance.
There are two floors of exhibition space in the 10,000 square foot facility, with indoor sports occupying the second floor and outdoor sports on the first floor.
The lobby features a new sculpture of the Nittany Lion Mascot donated to Penn State by the Back The Lions booster group and a large display case holding the 56 National Championship trophies and plaques won by Penn State's athletic teams since 1921.
Video screens in the main exhibit area will show highlights of football, basketball and volleyball games. A video presentation at the start of the exhibition will portray the competitive work ethic and well-earned accomplishments of today's student-athletes. An intricate audio system carries the sounds of the athletes and their sports throughout the lobby and the exhibit space. A large screening room on the first floor will show games from the past, such as the football team's 1987 Fiesta Bowl victory and last year's basketball upset over North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.
Visitors will be able to touch equipment used by many of the student-athletes, including a gymnastics vaulting horse, a wrestling practice dummy, three different fencing swords, a boxing punching bag and various track and field items such as javelins and shot puts.
There also are plenty of photo opportunities, starting in the atrium lobby with the new Lion Mascot statute and National Championship case. In the lacrosse and field hockey exhibits, visitors can pose alongside fully dressed goalies. A few feet away is the Heisman Trophy won by John Cappelletti and a large mural of a Penn State linebacker blitzing a rival quarterback.
Admission is free but visitors will need to obtain a souvenir ticket at the museum reception desk for entry into the exhibits. The museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday except for home football game weekends. The weekday and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular Sunday hours are 12 Noon to 4 p.m. but on opening day, February 17, the museum will open at 10 a.m.
Because of special requirements for Beaver Stadium operations during home football games, the museum will be closed on game day Saturdays. However, hours will be extended on Friday and Sunday of home football weekends.
Visitors can park at the parking meters in the lot directly across Curtin Road from the Museum entrance and the parking meters located in the Founder's Lot on the East side of the Bryce Jordan Center.