Changes are coming to Beaver Stadium — eventually.
Penn State revealed its “facilities master plan” on Monday morning after months of anticipation, and there are going to be some renovations made to improve the Nittany Lions’ gargantuan football stadium.
The school plans to update seating and add concession stands as well as restrooms. Beaver Stadium’s capacity will eventually be shrinking, though the school said capacity — which currently is near 107,000 — will stay above 100,000.
From the athletic department release:
At a time to be determined after the initial five years, the master plan calls for substantial renovations to Beaver Stadium, which was constructed in 1960 and has expanded seven times, most recently in 2001. The upgrades include a significant increase in chairback seating, new concessions locations and food options, new restrooms, wider concourses and additional premium seating options, which alumni and fans requested in surveys conducted during the master planning process.
Once the extensive renovation is complete, which will significantly improve fan amenities and experience, Beaver Stadium will have a capacity of at least 100,000, maintaining its stature as one of the nation’s largest and most iconic facilities. Improvements to the tailgating experience around Beaver Stadium also is included in the study.
According to a release, the renovations at Penn State’s football stadium will not take place for at least another five years. The 20-year Penn State master plan includes five main projects over its first five years:
- A new “Center for Excellence.” The school says “a 450,000-square foot facility will centralize services and other resources for student-athletes, including performance enhancement, sports performance, and sports science facilities as well as a nutrition center.”
- A new indoor practice facility. It will be similar to the football program’s Holuba Hall and include practice space for baseball, softball, lacrosse, golf and soccer.
- A new natatorium. Penn State will replace its current swimming and diving facility, the McCoy Natatorium, which was built in 1967.
- Indoor tennis facility. Penn State is getting a new indoor tennis facility with 10 courts and room for about 500 spectators.
- Jeffrey Field. Penn State is adding locker rooms, covered seating, lighting and more to its men’s and women’s soccer stadium.
Penn State also announced it would work on renovations to the Bryce Jordan Center, the Lasch Football Building, its hockey complex, Beard Field (softball), the school’s multi-sport facility, the Penn State Lacrosse Field and Sarni Tennis Center over the next two decades.