James Franklin can’t use #107kStrong as a recruiting pitch anymore.
With a renovation that will feature more premium seating on the way, Beaver Stadium’s capacity is likely to decrease, Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said Wednesday, via Blue-White Illustrated’s Nate Bauer. Barbour didn’t given an exact number, saying it will go down from 107,000 but remain above 100,000.
“Beaver Stadium will get a little bit smaller,” Barbour told reporters. “As you look at doing a wider seat and a longer tread, there’s no way not to get smaller. I don’t think it will be significant, but this seems to be the direction folks are going.”
Ohio State is doing something similar at Ohio Stadium, opting for a better fan experience instead of boasting about total seats and attendance.
“It’s about driving value for our fans,” Barbour said.
Beaver Stadium opened in 1960 and has expanded six times since then, more than doubling its capacity as the program became a national power. The record attendance for a game is 110,753, against Nebraska in 2002.
A 2001 expansion that added an upper deck to the south end zone blocked the view of Mount Nittany from inside, but made Beaver Stadium the second largest venue in North America behind Michigan Stadium. In 2011, the capacity decreased by about 700 to 106,572 to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act