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Penn State Athletics Rolls Out New Beaver Stadium Survey

Penn State Athletics is releasing a new survey to gather public opinion on potential development options for Beaver Stadium.

In a media release, Penn State said that “select constituent groups” will receive an email with links to the survey on Monday. The questionnaire hopes to gather feedback on the future of Beaver Stadium.

“All options are being considered to provide Penn State and Nittany Nation with a world-class, long-term stadium solution,” the release said. “Fan input and feedback will be essential in evaluating all potential options.”

The new survey includes a handful of questions, including prompts asking for feedback on in-stadium alcohol sales, seating upgrades, and more. One question even asks how fans would feel about supporting an entirely new stadium if a new venue would offer a better experience than a merely renovated Beaver Stadium.

This survey will build upon a similar study announced in May 2021. Both serve as continuations of Penn State’s Facilities Master Plan, which once outlined 20 years of renovation and construction projects for athletic venues around campus.

There has currently been no announcement as to what alterations are being considered. Instead, the release vaguely offered that the survey is “investigating renovation options to improve fan comfort and provide a greater variety of amenities to support the evolving needs of the student-athletes, fans and campus community.”

When the Facilities Master Plan was announced in early 2017, discussed renovations included decreasing Beaver Stadium’s seating capacity to “around 100,000” for increased chairback seating, expanding the tailgating experience, building a new parking structure, and developing an improved concourse. Mockup renderings from 2017, pictured below, envisioned what a modern Beaver Stadium could look like.

The latest survey is being conducted in partnership with CAA ICON and Populous, two industry leaders in entertainment and sports venue architecture, Penn State said.

Populous was instrumental in the development of the Facilities Master Plan, while Penn State previously worked with CAA ICON on the construction of Pegula Ice Arena. The two firms have been involved in projects across the globe worth a combined $80 billion, including Yankee Stadium, the Las Vegas Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium, and the London Olympics.

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