Weather Forces Selected Parking Lot Closures for Nebraska Senior Day Contest

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Nov. 16, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.– The No. 10 Penn State football team hosts Nebraska Saturday at 4 p.m. for Senior Day presented by the Penn State Alumni Association and the Penn State Stripe Out game. Fans should check their tickets or visit before leaving home to see whether fans in their section are wearing blue or white.

Fans are asked to make note of parking lot closures and to follow the below directions if their normal lot is closed. The home finale will air on FS1, and the Penn State Sports Network (2:30 p.m. airtime). The 2017 Penn State football season is presented by PSECU.

Penn State’s senior class will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony. The group has been instrumental in lifting the Nittany Lions into the nation’s Top 10 the past two seasons, the 2016 Big Ten Championship and four consecutive bowl berths, while extending Penn State’s streak of consecutive winning seasons to 13.

Tickets for the Nebraska game are still available. To purchase tickets or for more information, fans can visit, call 1-800-NITTANY (weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office. The Beaver Stadium ticket office will open Saturday at noon.

Yellow Lot 12, Brown Lot and Family Friendly Lot Closed
Due to rain that is anticipated leading up to Saturday’s game, the Brown Lot, Family Friendly Lot and Yellow Lot 12 (IM Fields) will be closed, which will help in preserving campus student recreation’s interest in the IM Fields.

Parking Changes for Nebraska Game:

  • Yellow Lot 12, the Brown lot and Family Friendly will be closed Saturday.
  • Yellow pass holders who normally park in Lot 12 should park in the Yellow lots on the east side of the stadium, arriving via Park Avenue westbound from I-99/U.S. 322, Orchard Road or Fox Hollow Road).
  • Brown parking permits will be honored in the Orange lot for this game only. Fans should arrive via Park Avenue, traveling westbound from I-99/U.S. 322 only to access the Orange lot, which is located just off Park Avenue.
  • Family Friendly permit holders will have their permit honored at their normally issued color pass lot.
ADA parking will not be affected by Saturday’s lot closures. Only fans with a pre-paid RV parking permit will be permitted into the Overnight RV lot. Reserved and preferred parking permits are accepted in all Yellow car lots.



Fans are encouraged to arrive in Beaver Stadium early (gates open at 2 p.m.) and early arriving fans will have an opportunity to receive discounts at the concession stands and watch other college football games on the stadium videoboards (see below).

Fans are reminded that umbrellas are not permitted in Beaver Stadium, including in the Mount Nittany Club and Suites.

BTN Tailgate Begins at 10 a.m.; Nissan Heisman House Opens at 10 a.m. - Features LaVar Arrington and Derrick Williams and ESPN’s Ryen Russillo
For the first time, BTN Tailgate will originate from Happy Valley, airing live Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon on Big Ten Network. The program will be located just outside Gate A at the Bryce Jordan Center, adjacent to Penn State’s Fan Fest on Curtin Road. BTN Tailgate is hosted by Dave Revsine, with analysts Gerry DiNardo, Stanley Jackson and former Nittany Lion NFL first round selection Anthony “Spice” Adams. Michelle McMahon is the program’s reporter.

The Nissan Heisman House Tour returns to Penn State and also will be located within Fan Fest, which opens Saturday at 10 a.m. The Nissan Heisman House will be open Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 pm. The Heisman House provides fans with an opportunity to celebrate college football and some of its greatest players. Penn State’s John Cappelletti won the 1973 Heisman Trophy.

Former Nittany Lion standout Derrick Williams will be at the Nissan Heisman House Saturday from 12:30-2 p.m., participating in chalk talk with ESPN anchor Ryen Russillo and signing autographs. Williams is the sideline reporter for football game broadcasts on the Penn State Sports Radio Network. Former Penn State All-American LaVar Arrington will be at the Nissan Heisman House from 2-3:30 p.m., also participating in chalk talk with Russillo and signing autographs.

For more information about BTN Tailgate and the Nissan Heisman House, go here.

Fans Encouraged to Arrive Early and Display Parking Permits
On game day, fans are reminded to please display their parking permit from their rear view mirror and to approach their parking lot as directed on the back of their parking permit. Cars are sorted in traffic by Stadium Traffic Control to lanes leading to appropriate lots.

Penn State continues to encourage fans to arrive early to Beaver Stadium and is offering several season long incentives for early arriving fans (see below).

Before leaving home, fans should check their tickets to be sure the barcode and seat location is attached. Prior to last month’s Michigan game, Penn State Athletics advised fans to be on the lookout for counterfeit tickets:

Stadium Parking Lots Open at 8 a.m.; Fans Can Enter Stadium Gates B-F at 2 p.m.
Penn State Athletics is reminding patrons that Beaver Stadium gates will open two hours before kickoff for all games (2 p.m. for the Nebraska game) and strongly encourages fans to arrive early to Beaver Stadium. Early arriving fans will have an opportunity to receive up to a 20 percent discount at the concession stands during the first 45 minutes after the gates are open, along with other incentives (see below).

The Beaver Stadium parking lots will open Saturday at 8 a.m., Fan Fest on Curtin Road begins at 10 a.m. and the Beaver Stadium ticket office, near Gate E, opens at 12 p.m. The team arrival presented by Lion Country Lodging is scheduled for approximately 1:30 p.m. and the stadium gates will open at 2 p.m., including the students’ Gate A.

During the team arrival, the Nittany Lions’ eight team captains will be handing out footballs signed by the captains and head coach James Franklin to eight fans lined up on Curtin Road.

Fans are reminded that they may enter Beaver Stadium at any of Gates B, C, D, E and F and use the ground level concourse to get to their seating section. During games earlier this season, fans who entered at Gates D, F and C (in order) have seen reduced wait times during the two hours the gates were open before kickoff, while fans who entered at Gates B and E experienced heavier volume and longer waits. ADA patrons should enter the facility at the ADA Gate near Gate B on the west side of the stadium.

Early Arriving Fans Able to Receive Concessions Discounts and Meet the Nittany Lion, Cheer and Dance Team members
Early arriving fans every Saturday will have an opportunity to receive discounts at the concession stands and watch other college football games on the stadium videoboards. Beaver Stadium gates open this Saturday at 10 a.m.

Some of the incentives Penn State Athletics has implemented to encourage fans to enter the stadium early will be available on Saturday:

  • Fans will receive up to a 20 percent concessions discount ($1 off a $5 purchase, $2 off a $10 purchase etc.) during the first 45 minutes after the gates are open. Creamery ice cream, Kono Pizza cones and Middleswarth potato chips are available at stadium concessions locations this season for the first time. Cash, credit card and LionCash purchases are accepted at the concourse concession stands.
  • Another college football game will be shown on the stadium videoboards starting two hours before kickoff until approximately 70 minutes before the Penn State game.
  • The Big Ten Championship trophy will be on display on the Pepsi Fan Zone (Above Gate A) when the stadium gates open until 30 minutes before kickoff for the Michigan game. Fans are then encouraged to find their seats in time for kickoff.
  • Fans also can meet the Nittany Lion and members of the Penn State Dance and Cheer team in the Pepsi Fan Zone during the first 45 minutes after the stadium gates open.
The complete 2017 football promotions and game themes schedule is available here.

Fans reminded of Security Screening and Penn State Athletics Bag Policy
Penn State will provide security screening for all guests at the entry gates using metal detection wands. With this security measure in place, all public gates, including the ADA and student gates, will open two hours prior to kick off to provide ample time for all fans to pass through security. Fans will be asked to remove items from their pockets upon entering the stadium.

Backpacks, bags, and purses are not permitted in Beaver Stadium. Personal items can be placed in a clear bag that is no larger than 11” x 11” (one gallon) and wristlets (no larger than 4” x 6” x 1”). Patrons can expedite the entry process by not bringing a bag into Beaver Stadium. For fans with medical or childcare needs, please place those items in an 11” x 11” clear bag or a one gallon clear bag prior to arriving at the stadium gates. All items are subject to inspection. Any items left unattended at the gates will be discarded and unrecoverable.

For parking maps, the bag policy and a complete list of items prohibited from entry into Beaver Stadium, fans should go to Penn State Football Game Day Central:

Fans Encouraged to Participate in Game Day Recycling Initiatives
Fans are encouraged to be environmentally responsible and participate in Penn State’s recycling and sustainability efforts by separating recyclable items before, during and after the game. Blue recycling bags and clear trash bags are located throughout the Beaver Stadium parking lots, including the entrance to most lots.

Only recyclable items should be placed in the blue bags – plastic bottles, glass bottles and metal cans. All other items should be placed in the clear trash bags. Bags should be securely closed and left where fans parked and they will be picked up after the lots close:

Customer Relations staff available Saturday at 8 a.m. at 1-800-NITTANY
The Penn State Customer Relations Service Center (1-800-NITTANY) will be open on Saturday from 8 a.m. until one hour after the game. There also are two Guest Services booths located on Park Avenue at the intersections with Fox Hollow Road and University Drive that will open at 1 p.m.

Inside Beaver Stadium, guest services booths are located at Gates B, C, E and F on the field level. There also is a guest services booth on the North concourse, two on the South concourse and one in the North upper deck.

Fan assistance also is provided by the customer relations staff, by texting the word “Nittany” their issue and location to the phone number 69050, or by calling 1-800-NITTANY.

Changes on U.S. 322 Southeast of State College to Impact Football Traffic
Penn State football fans traveling to Beaver Stadium via U.S. Route 322 from south-central Pennsylvania are advised to allow for extra travel time due to ongoing road construction in the area of Seven Mountains and Potters Mill Gap.

According to PennDOT, crews were scheduled this week to remove the crossover in the construction zone—resulting in separated, single lane traffic patterns in each direction (east and west). This change will eliminate eastbound traffic needing to crossover to use the westbound passing lane. The construction zone stretches eastbound and westbound from the Mifflin County line to Decker Valley Road in Centre County.

With a single lane available each direction, motorists heading to the Nebraska game should allow for extra travel time.

For additional information about the construction and travel restrictions, visit Motorists can stay up-to-date on the latest travel conditions by visiting

RV Parking Sold Out; RV Spaces and Weekend Shuttle Available at Grange Park
Penn State Athletics is working with Grange Park, site of the Grange Fair, to provide an economical alternative with 1,500 RV spaces, hook-ups and shuttle service to campus on Friday and Saturday of home football weekends.

In June, Penn State announced that all game day and season RV and Overnight RV is sold out for the 2017 season. Fans who do not have a RV parking permit will need to make other arrangements and Penn State Athletics has identified Grange Park as an economical alternative with hook-ups and shuttle service to campus on Friday and Saturday of home football weekends.

For the Nebraska game, the Friday shuttle will depart Grange Park for downtown State College at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. The return shuttle Friday from downtown to Grange Park will depart at 8, 10 and 11:59 p.m.

Fans who have not already purchased an RV parking permit should not attempt to park in the official lots near Beaver Stadium. Those fans will be asked to turn around by police and traffic personnel, which will disrupt the flow of traffic heading to Beaver Stadium.

Fans interested in parking their RV at Grange Park can reserve a spot by calling 814-364-9212.

Advance Car Parking Available Until 6 p.m. Friday at Jordan Center Ticket Office
General car parking in the Beaver Stadium lots purchased in advance is $20 per car (plus $2.25 handling fee), while paying to park on game day when arriving at the general lots will cost $40. Fans are encouraged to purchase parking passes in advance to not only realize the savings, but to assist in smoother traffic and parking operations by displaying the pass as they approach roads to stadium parking. Fans can purchase up to three advance single game parking passes per account, per game.

Car parking for the Nebraska game can be purchased in advance at the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office (weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.).

Fans are asked to please display their parking permit from their rear view mirror as they enter the traffic pattern. Cars are sorted in traffic by Stadium Traffic Control to lanes leading to appropriate lots. Patrons should approach their parking lot as directed on the back of their parking permit.

For more information on tickets, parking or other questions, fans should call 1-800-NITTANY, which also will be open this Saturday at 7 a.m. until one hour after the game ends. Fans can also send an email to

Fans can engage with Penn State Athletics via the Nittany Lions’ social media accounts at