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Phone Charging Stations, Team Arrival Improvements Among Beaver Stadium Updates for 2019

by on August 23, 2019 2:46 PM

When Penn State football kicks off the season next week at home against Idaho, fans will notice some updates and additions at Beaver Stadium.

Here's a look at what's new for the 2019 season, according to information released by Penn State Athletics on Friday.

Phone Charging Stations

A day of tailgating in Beaver Stadium lots can be draining, particularly for your cell phone. This year, Penn State will begin providing places inside and outside the stadium to get some power back.

Phone charging stations outside of Beaver Stadium at Gate A along Curtin Road and between Gates B and C, near the ADA entrance. Inside, stations will be located at the customer service kiosks at Gates B, C and E. The Bryce Jordan Center also has charging stations and will be open on gamedays until kickoff, with the exception of the Indiana game when the arena will be hosting Military Appreciation Day activities.

The addition should be a helpful one, especially as Penn State transitions to digital ticketing for students and single-game re-sale tickets. 

Team Arrival

A gameday tradition for fans to greet the Nittany Lions as they enter the stadium, team arrival festivities near the south tunnel have grown over the past few years. This season, the stage on Curtin Road will be moved closer to the south tunnel, near the All-Sports Museum, with live music, the Nittany Lion, cheerleaders and the dance team entertaining the crowd before the Blue Band arrives to lead the team into the stadium Among those recently added festivities has been a stage on Curtin Road with live music, the Nittany Lion and cheerleaders and the dance team entertaining the crowd before the team arrives.

"Special celebrity guests," also will appear on the stage throughout the season, according to Friday's news release.

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Customer Feedback Terminals

Working with customer experience firm EngageMint, Penn State will have customer feedback terminals that will "allow fans to rate their experience in key areas of the facility, including concessions and restrooms." Penn State will use that data to identify areas that need attention and to drive future improvements to the game day experience.

New Parking and Traffic

As detailed since late last year, Penn State worked with a national consultant to develop a new traffic and parking system will be in place for game day. Lots are divided into four zones: north, south, east and west. Starting four hours prior to kickoff (three-and-a-half for noon kicks), one-way traffic patterns will be implemented and fans will be required to follow specific routes to get to their parking zone. All pre-purchased parking permits will have zone- and lot-specific directions on them.

Once the one-way patterns are in effect, drivers headed on the wrong route will be re-directed to the correct one. After the game, one-way patterns will be in effect for about 90 minutes, and fans will be required to follow the specified routes for their zones. Following that period, fans will be able to leave via any route.

As of this week, cash lots are only available in the east and west zones.

See details on zones, lots and routing here.

Waze 

To further help with the new traffic patterns, Penn State has partnered with navigation app Waze. The university will have editing capabilities to direct users of the app who enter their lot numbers to follow specified routes on game day.

With Penn State implementing a new four-zone parking and traffic system, the university has partnered with navigation app Waze to help fans find the specific route they need to take to get to their assigned parking lot. Waze instructions will also be available via the Penn State Athletics app.

Grass Lot Improvements

During the offseason, Penn State addressed some grass lots to improve parkability for when they become saturated with rain — an issue that plagued parking at the stadium throughout last season.

Those improvements included investment in a "drive aisle reinforcement product" for Lots 17 and 18 to reduce rutting. Gravel drive aisles also were installed in sections of Lots 31 and 43 to reduce rutting during wet conditions. The efforts are expected to improve about 3,900 parking spaces.

Penn State's home opener against Idaho kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 31.



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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