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Retro End Zones Making A Comeback For ‘Generations Of Greatness’ Game

The Nittany Lions will bring back the diamonds in the end zones that were a fixture of the 1960s, 70s, and early 80s at Beaver Stadium for the “Generations of Greatness” game against Indiana on Saturday.

Penn State football announced the classic argyle look on Twitter Tuesday morning — although there were different uses of the argyle-style diamonds in the end zones through the years.

Beaver Stadium in the 1960s (Photo: Old Main Frame Shop)
Beaver Stadium in the 1970s (Photo: Old Main Frame Shop)

Beaver Stadium held on to the design in different forms up until the 1982 national championship season, where Penn State switched to the more recognizable “Penn State” name in the end zone (even though the style of that has changed through the years as well).

Beaver Stadium in 1981 (Photo: Old Main Frame Shop)

As of Tuesday, the white diamonds were completed with the blue diamonds still to come.

Penn State is going with the diamond pattern design instead of Beaver Stadium’s first design in its current location during the 1960 season — the checkerboard.

Beaver Stadium in 1960 (Photo: nittanyanthology.com)

The change in end zone design is part of the “Generations of Greatness” game, which will honor Penn State football’s history with retro uniforms, classic music, historic cheerleader outfits, and honorary captains from the various Nittany Lion teams through the years.

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Steve Connelly

Unfortunately, former editor Steve Connelly has graduated. Where is he now? He might be doing something related to that PR degree he got in 2019. Maybe he finally opened that sports bar named after one of his photos, the Blurry Zamboni. Or he might just be eating chicken tenders and couch surfing. Anything’s possible. If you really want to know, follow him on Twitter @slc2o.

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