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Penn State Returning Beaver Stadium To Full Capacity For 2021 Season

For the first time in nearly two years, Beaver Stadium is about to be #107kStrong.

Penn State Athletics announced Tuesday it’ll return to full-capacity attendance at Beaver Stadium and other athletic venues, including Rec Hall, Pegula Ice Arena, and the Bryce Jordan Center, starting this fall. Returning to full capacity also means the return of tailgating, team arrival celebrations, and more.

“We are excited to welcome our 107K strong back in Beaver Stadium and full capacity at our other athletics venues this fall with the adjustments in university, local, state and CDC guidance,” said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour. “Our fans are a true home field advantage for all of our teams and the 2020-21 season was not the same without them in our venues.”

Penn State said season ticket holders will receive information via email starting Tuesday, June 8. More information for single-game tickets and student tickets will be released “in the coming weeks.”

As previously announced, Penn State will convert entirely to mobile ticketing for all fans, which should speed up entry and cut down on “physical contact points.” A mobile ticketing guide is available online.

At this time, the department will require unvaccinated fans to wear masks, but a lot can change over the next few months.

Penn State’s decision was likely made possible by loosened (read: no-longer-existing) restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings, which Governor Tom Wolf did away with effective May 31. College Township, in which Beaver Stadium sits, voted earlier in May to completely rescind its COVID-19 ordinance effective May 31, too.

Now, the only statewide COVID-19-related restriction still in place is Pennsylvania’s mask mandate, which is set to be lifted by June 28 — the same day Penn State’s will be repealed as well. The mandate requires masking for unvaccinated individuals and even fully vaccinated people in some circumstances, like inside hospitals or on public transportation.

Penn State is far from the first Big Ten school to announce plans for full capacity seating at sporting events. Michigan and Maryland have both announced plans to permit full attendance for all 2021-22 sporting events. Ohio State hasn’t announced similar intentions just yet, but both its athletic director and the state’s governor expect to fill arenas come football season.

Penn State football’s season will begin at noon on Saturday, September 4, with a road trip to Wisconsin. Non-conference matchups against Ball State, Auburn, and Villanova will follow before Big Ten play rolls around in early October.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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