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Game Day Details: CATA Shuttles and University Bag Policy

by on September 06, 2014 8:00 AM

It’s easy to get caught up in game day excitement, but be sure not to lose sight of the details for Saturday’s Penn State football game: what can you bring into the stadium? How can you get there? What should stay at home?

Penn State is asking all fans to review the university’s bag policy, which can be found here. Though the policy has undergone some revisions, the basic idea remains the same.

Only one-gallon clear plastic bags will be permitted inside the stadium, though these will still be inspected at the entrance. All other bags – backpacks, purses, fanny packs, diaper bags, etc. – are still not permitted inside the stadium.

Any items that can be kept in a pocket – such as sunglasses, cell phones, or keys – should remain in a pocket. Other items, like health or child care supplies, should be carried using a clear plastic bag.

Other assorted items – including coats, blankets, binoculars, mobile devices, seat cushions and cameras – are allowed, though camera bags may not be brought inside. Babies may be brought in using a carrier or sling, but hard-framed strollers and carriers are forbidden.

For fans trying to avoid the game day traffic, the Centre Area Transit Authority will once again provide shuttles to and from the stadium. The downtown shuttle will serve the downtown area, while a second South Atherton shuttle will serve the Hills Plaza area of town.

The shuttles will begin running three hours before game, meaning they will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Each shuttle ride costs $1.75 in exact change only and will run continuously until one hour after the game ends.

Each stop on the game day shuttles will be specifically marked with a special sign. The downtown shuttle will have stops along Beaver Avenue, University Drive, Easterly Parkway and Atherton Street. 

The South Atherton shuttle will have stops along Rolling Ridge and Windmere Drives and the Hills Plaza parking lot, as well as different sections of Easterly Parkway, Atherton Street and University Drive. If you park in the Hills Plaza lot, only a special section in the back will be reserved for game day parking.

Other information, including a map of the shuttle routes, can be found here.


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Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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