PSU smart to cut stadium size

Penn State’s Beaver Stadium currently holds approximately 107,000 people.

A recently announced renovation plan calls for a slight reduction in that number. A lot of people think that bigger is better, but I believe reducing Beaver Stadium’s seating capacity is a tremendous idea.

Even with a decrease in seating, the total capacity will still exceed 100,000.

As such, the renovations will not threaten its status as one of the largest stadiums in college football. There is not only an obvious need for renovations, but I think reducing the capacity is necessary as well.

Considering sellouts only occur when the Nittany Lions play Michigan, Ohio State or Pitt, having less capacity shouldn’t affect overall attendance very much.

Average home attendance has gone up over the past five seasons from 96,730 in 2012 to 100,257 in 2016, but the number of tickets sold is still well shy of the current capacity.

I’d much rather have a full house and great atmosphere at every single home game over selling out once or twice a year while staring at 7,000 empty seats in most other weeks.

Having fewer empty seats will also help create a better home field advantage for the team. Not only will there be a more exciting and intimidating atmosphere but a more comfortable one as well.

With a lower seating capacity, many fans will be treated better. Included in the plan is a substantial increase of chairback seating, giving more fans the opportunity to avoid crowded bleachers. The renovations will also provide much-needed upgrades around the stadium while improving overall fan experience.

As a fan of Penn State football, I’m excited for what the future holds.

Ryan Watson


(The writer is a senior at Penn State Altoona.)

Mirror fortunate to have Rudel, Giger

Last week we got to read two great sports columns in the Altoona Mirror.

First, Neil Rudel wrote about sportsmanship. Then Cory Giger followed up on Monday with his article on honesty in sports.

Both were right on the money and very much appreciated.

Most would and should wonder why sportsmanship and honesty needed to be written about. Most parents have conversations about both when they have children that begin playing sports.

However, when the paper and writers who felt compelled to address both are writing about the head football coach at a major college in their primary coverage area, that takes guts.

The better words are honesty and integrity. Both articles were directly related to things that Penn State coach James Franklin has said or done recently. And that takes guts.

Why you say?

Rudel and Giger wouldn’t be the first writers to be chastised and punished by the school that they wrote about. As for me it tells all of the readers about how I’ve personally felt about Rudel and Giger for years.

They are outstanding and quality journalists who are willing to be totally honest in their writings, and for that people in the Mirror’s coverage area should be thankful. Kudos to both.

Will Walk

Spring, Texas