Beaver stadium

Beaver Stadium

Home of the Penn State Nittany Lions

N. University Dr. and E. Park Street University Park, Pennsylvania, 16802 View Map
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Experience the Park Beaver Stadium Fan Guide

Have a Yuengling

Imagine having breakfast al fresco with 150,000 or so of your closest friends. That’s tailgating at Penn State.

Even though Beaver Stadium officially holds 107,000 fans, thousands more show up just to tailgate. There are several thousand reserved, paved parking spots next to the stadium, but the best places to tailgate are on the fields across Park Avenue. These are the areas open to the general public and have wide traffic lanes, perfect for tossing a football, setting up picnic tables, or playing a game of corn hole with the guys from the next tailgate.  Okay, it can be a bit of a hike to the stadium from the fields, but think of it this way – it helps burn the calories you’ve been consuming all morning.

Tailgating is an all-day affair at Penn State, no matter what time the game starts. Many fans tailgate before the game and fire up the grill afterward. A favorite breakfast food, to go with the omelets and bagels, is a Ye Olde College Diner Grilled Sticky, which are similar to a sticky bun, but not the same at all. Hot sausages and chicken are popular tailgate foods, too, but really every tailgate has its own personality.  

Gas grills are okay to use, but charcoal and any open flames are forbidden.  

What would tailgating be without adult beverages? Penn Staters prefer Pennsylvania brews like Yuengling, Rolling Rock, or Iron City. No kegs allowed, and recycling is encouraged. There are blue recycling bins around the parking areas, and organizations pass out blue recycling bags for tailgate parties.

Before each home game, fans can enjoy TailGreat in the Bryce Jordan Center at the corner of University Drive and Curtin Road. The TailGreat is a free event that showcases the Blue Band, the cheerleaders and dance team, and, if they made the trip, the visiting band. Outside the Jordan Center are inflatable games for the kids.