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As Beaver Stadium Gets Set To Host Concert, What Else Should Penn State Do There?

by on July 07, 2017 12:00 PM

Beaver Stadium is set to host its first ever concert this weekend for an event that historic even if it is only slightly successful. Then again those with a sharp memory will recall that Fergie nearly took that honor in 2008.

Nevertheless this weekend will mark a bit of history for the iconic stadium that has done little in the way of hosting much of anything other than football games and the occasional finish line for a marathon or two.

But if the tenure of athletic director Sandy Barbour can be summarized in a few words, it's a willingness to try new things. In this case for the sake of finding new ways to generate revenue, in particular with large scale renovations and construction the horizon. Whatever the motivation might be, Beaver Stadium is officially open for business on more than just a few Saturday's each fall.

So here are some suggestions.


Let's just get the obvious one out of the way first. Hockey in Beaver Stadium is a natural fit. Be it the Winter Classic or one of its many NHL cousins, or college hockey or both, hockey belongs in Beaver Stadium. It will happen too, it just might not happen before the stadium is renovated. But never say never. Especially when nearly everyone involved wants it to happen, it's just easier said than done.


This one is cheating slightly because Barbour has said that Penn State has spoken to various soccer organizations be it FIFA or MLS about hosting game. That too is easier said than done, not to mention getting the field to fit on the field, but Michigan made it work so Penn State can too. Sign me up, for one, if an international game makes its way to central PA.


If they can play basketball on an aircraft carrier at night they can do it in Beaver Stadium. The reasoning behind this game might be hard to imagine, but preseason NBA or a non conference game for Penn State or something else all together would be worth watching. And in the ear of Final Four games in football stadiums, it's not even a new idea.


This really could be any PPV event for the WWE but the second biggest event of the year may as well come to State College. Sure it doesn't have the glitz and glamour of Miami, but if Vince McMahon is good for anything it's breaking records and well over 110,000 could fit in to see Brock Lesnar F5 a few people in the middle of the summer.

Music Festival:

The concert concept already works and Penn State has the space for tailgating, so why not making it a weekend instead of just one show. In this scenario you could fit different artists, styles and demographics to get the most bang for your buck. Maybe easier said than done, like most of these ideas are, but not far from what is already happening.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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