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Penn State Announces Indoor Masking Requirements For Beaver Stadium

Heading to Beaver Stadium with 107,000 of your closest friends this fall? You’ll (probably) need to bring a mask.

During a virtual press conference Saturday afternoon, Penn State Athletics Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour said indoor masking will be required for fans. A full list of applicable areas wasn’t revealed, but she mentioned the stadium’s press box and suites as specific spaces that will require masking.

For now, outdoor masking, including in the stands and on the concourse, won’t be required for fans. Barbour said Penn State’s policies could change depending on future Centers for Disease Control guidance.

Barbour also said Penn State is moving forward with full capacity. She said Penn State will welcome any fan with a ticket.

Penn State won’t require fans to submit proof of vaccination before entering Beaver Stadium, Barbour confirmed.

Earlier in August, Penn State reintroduced indoor masking requirements on campus for all students and employees. Following that policy, Penn State Athletics will require masking at indoor athletic venues, including Pegula Ice Arena and the Bryce Jordan Center.

Penn State is far from the first Big Ten school to announce mask requirements for football games. Ohio State recently said masks are needed for all fans, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor stadium areas — including restrooms and elevators — but not in concourses or outdoor seating. Michigan State encouraged outdoor masking but required it for indoor spaces, too. Michigan, meanwhile, said only unvaccinated individuals need a mask, but all fans are encouraged to wear one.

Penn State football’s season will begin at noon on Saturday, September 4, with a road trip to Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions will face Ball State in their home opener on Saturday, September 11.

We’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.

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