Welcome to Happy Valley, where each Saturday during
the Fall this college football Mecca comes alive
when the Penn State Nittany Lions are at home.
Beaver Stadium has been the home of the Nittany
Lions for over four decades and is one of the
largest stadiums in college football. Throughout the past century the Nittany
Lions have played at several facilities including a stadium also named
Beaver Stadium. The original Beaver
Stadium was located on the west side of campus and seated 30,000 fans.
Named for James Beaver, President of the Board of Trustees, the Nittany
Lions played at the original Beaver Stadium from 1909 until 1959. The
university decided to disassemble the stadium and move it to its
current location after the 1959 season. The team played its first game
in the rebuilt stadium on September 17, 1960 against Boston
University. Beaver Stadium's horseshoe configuration enabled it to
have a seating capacity of 46,284.
The first of many
expansions to Beaver Stadium was completed in 1969, when the
capacity was increased by 2,000. Several additions came in the
1970s, including increasing the capacity to 57,000. In 1976, the
bleachers in the south end zone were expanded. By 1978 the
capacity was 76,000 after the track was removed from the
stadium and the stadium was cut into sections and raised, adding
new seats where the track was located. Two years later, the capacity was
increased to 83,770 and lights were installed in 1984. An upper deck
was added in 1991, increasing the capacity by 10,000.
fan support has allowed PSU to continue to improve and expand Beaver Stadium.
Before the start of the 2001 season the stadium
underwent a massive renovation. This project
included the addition of a 10,000 seat upper
deck, a new video/scoreboard, 60 luxury suites, 4,000 club seats
and new restrooms and concessions. The latest upgrade to Beaver
Stadium was completed before the 2014 season as both
video/scoreboards were upgraded. Today, Beaver Stadium is
currently the second largest stadium in college football with a capacity of
107,282, behind Michigan Stadium's 108,000 seating capacity. Because
size, Beaver Stadium has been named one of the scariest place for opposing
teams to play.