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Beaver Stadium's facelift is at least five years down the road.

Penn State fans must be patient with Beaver Stadium renovations, Nick Suriano returns for NCAAs and more

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The Beave will have to wait its turn

There are two important things to keep in mind about the proposed renovations of Beaver Stadium, revealed Monday as part of a larger plan to upgrade Penn State’s athletic facilities.

The first is that the plan, as promising as it looks, was described by athletic director Sandy Barbour as “aspirational,” meaning that it might not happen the way it has been described. Whether PSU can follow through will hinge on the school’s fundraising efforts.

As Barbour said, per’s Greg Pickel:

“We’ll ultimately build what we can afford.”

The second thing to remember is that any renovations to the Beave won’t begin for at least five years, as there are other things that have been given priority — Jeffrey Field, the soccer facility, construction of a new natatorium, an indoor tennis facility, and a “Center for Excellence,” described by school officials as a “hub” for PSU’s athletes, staff and coaches.

One last thing: There were stories published Monday describing Beaver Stadium as “iconic.” That’s overly generous. In reality, it’s a place badly in need of a facelift, one that will be welcome when it finally comes.

Sanderson: Suriano is good to go

PSU wrestling coach Cael Sanderson said freshman 125-pounder Nick Suriano, who injured his left ankle on Feb. 19 against Oklahoma State, will be “active” for the NCAA Tournament, which begins Thursday in St. Louis.

Suriano, who was unable to participate in the Big Ten Tournament because of his injury, was awarded an at-large bid to NCAAs. He is one of nine Lions who will compete. Sanderson, who met with reporters Monday, seems enthused about his progress.

Per the Centre Daily Times:

“He’s down in the room right now, wrestling. He’s progressing along and he’s looking good.”

Lady Lions earn WNIT bid

The Penn State women’s basketball team will make its first postseason appearance in three years when it hosts Ohio in the first round of the Women’s NIT on Friday.

The Lady Lions (19-10), idle since losing to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament on March 2, earned an at-large bid Monday. It is the third WNIT appearance in program history.

Sophomore guard Teniya Page, an All-Big Ten first-teamer, averages a team-high 20 points a game for PSU. Redshirt junior guard Lindsey Spann (10.5) and senior guard Sierra Moore (10.2) also average in double figures.

The Bobcats (22-9) lost to Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference quarterfinals. Their only double-figure scorer is senior guard Quiera Lampkins (19.8).

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