110k Strong? James Franklin Wants Beaver Stadium’s Biggest Crowd Ever
Forget 107k strong.
James Franklin already made his declaration that the community needs to go big or go home — saying this White Out needs to be Happy Valley-wide, not just in the stadium.
In Beaver Stadium, however, he’s still hoping for something huge against Michigan on October 21.
•Toughest Environment in CFB
•Best Tailgating in CFB
•Biggest Crowd in Beaver Stadium History
•A Community UNITED#110kStrong
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) October 11, 2017
The official capacity for fans in Beaver Stadium is 106,572, but the attendance numbers include everyone in the press box, suites and club seats, bands, ushers and other stadium personnel, so reaching 110,000 is possible, and has been done in the past.
However, it’s been eight years. The closest the Nittany Lions have come to reaching that mark came during the Pitt game this year — when 109,898 fans crowded into Beaver Stadium.
There have been six games in history to reach 110,000. Most came from 2006-2009, when the Nittany Lions hit the mark five times, including the most recent mark in 2009 against Ohio State — 110,033.
The highest total in Beaver Stadium history came in 2002 with a mark of 110,753 against Nebraska. Is that possible to repeat? If Franklin has his way: absolutely.
Games With More Than 110k In Attendance:
110,753 | September 14, 2002 | Penn State 40, Nebraska 7
110,134 | October 27, 2007 | Penn State 17, Ohio State 37
110,078 | September 8, 2007 | Penn State 31, Notre Dame 10
110,033 | November 7, 2009 | Penn State 7, Ohio State 24
110,017 | October 18, 2008 | Penn State 46, Michigan 17
110,007 | October 14, 2006 | Penn State 10, Michigan 17
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