PSU fans to see new attractions

Flat-screen TVs added to venue

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State fans will find some new attractions as they arrive at Beaver Stadium for today’s season opener against Appalachian State.

A new event for fans this year is the live entertainment on a stage just south of the stadium on Curtin Road before 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., according to a Penn State press release.

The most significant fan experience enhancement are the 95 new flat-screen TVs that are being added throughout the stadium. The TVs are larger (65 to 86 inches) than the previous units, are HD quality and 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 atmosphere.

Penn State will conduct security screening for all guests at the entry gates using metal detection wands. All public gates, including the handicap and student gates, will open two hours prior to kickoff to provide ample time for all fans to pass through security. Fans will be asked to remove items from their pockets upon entering the stadium. Umbrellas are not permitted in Beaver Stadium.

Fans will see an increase in police visibility. Fans can expect to see police officers outfitted in tactical gear at each Beaver Stadium entry gate. Additionally, members of the Centre County Tactical Response Team, uniformed in full protective gear, will conduct patrols in and around the stadium throughout game days.

A 300-foot security buffer zone has been established around Beaver Stadium. Vehicles, other than a car, parking within 300 feet of the stadium are subject to search by university police once the vehicle is parked.

Knives and razor blades of any size, including folding blades or Swiss army knives, are not permitted inside Beaver Stadium.

Meanwhile, 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.