Pre-game band new addition to PSU Football Game Day

UNIVERSITY PARK – The No. 10/9 Penn State football team opens its 132nd campaign on Saturday, Sept. 1, hosting Appalachian State at 3:30 p.m. in Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions own a 108-21-2 record all-time in season openers.

The Appalachian State game is Youth Sports and Spirit Day and pre-game youth clinics will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. for football (Holuba Hall), basketball (Bryce Jordan Center Basketball practice facility) and cheer and dance (Multi-Sport). Pre-registered participants can check in starting at 10 a.m. at all three venues. Fans can call 1-800-NITTANY (weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) for registration information. The cheer and dance clinic participants will have an opportunity to perform on the field at halftime, weather permitting.

Penn State Athletics is reminding patrons that Beaver Stadium gates will open two hours before kickoff for all games 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 (see below).

Band to Play Before Most Games; Wrestlers and NCAA Championship Trophy Available

The Beaver Stadium parking lots will open this Saturday at 8 a.m. The Penn State All-Sports Museum is open from 9 a.m.-Noon, Fan Fest on Curtin Road begins at 11 a.m. and the Beaver Stadium ticket office, near Gate E, opens at 11:30 a.m. Team arrival presented by Lion Country Lodging is scheduled for approximately 1 p.m. and the stadium gates will open at 1:30 p.m., including the students’ Gate A.

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

A new fun event for fans this year is the live entertainment on a stage just south of the stadium on Curtin Road prior to and after the team arrival. Bands are scheduled to play at five home games. This Saturday, Velveeta will play from 11:30 a.m. until the gates open at 1:30 p.m.

Also, on Saturday, members of the Penn State wrestling team will be available to visit with fans, accompanied by the 2018 NCAA Championship trophy, from 12-1 p.m. near the Beaver Stadium south tunnel on Curtin Road. The 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championship trophy also will be available for fan photos starting at 1:30 p.m. on the Pepsi Deck, above Gate A.

Nearly 100 New TVs inside Beaver Stadium; New banners

outside stadium

The most significant fan experience enhancement are the 95 new flat panel TVs that are being added to existing and new locations throughout the stadium. The TVs are larger (65-86″) than the previous units and are HD quality and also feature an L bar graphic that will provide in-game statistics and other information.

Also, light pole banners have been added around the perimeter of Beaver Stadium to welcome and inform fans and add to the game day atmosphere.

Fans Encouraged to Participate in Game Day Recycling; Bottles and Cans in Blue Bags

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.

New for this season, bottles and cans only should be placed in the blue recycling bags. 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.

Concessions Discounts for Early Arriving Fans; Beaver Stadium Gates Open at 1:30 p.m.

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 1:30 p.m.

Some of the incentives Penn State Athletics implemented in 2016 to encourage fans to enter the stadium early will return this season:

-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 will be available at stadium concessions locations. Cash, credit card and LionCash purchases are accepted at the concourse concession stands.

-Other college football games will be shown on the stadium videoboards starting two hours before kickoff until approximately 70 minutes before the game. For noon games, highlights of previous Penn State games will be shown on the videoboards.

-The 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championship trophy also will be available for fan photos starting at 1:30 p.m. on the Pepsi Deck, above Gate A.

Highway Projects Could

Impact Football Traffic

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting drivers that they could encounter delays as they travel to Beaver Stadium this fall, with restrictions and changes coming from the Harrisburg area via U.S. 322, Altoona, Williamsport, and via I-80.