Beaver Stadium Archives 012

Beaver Stadium Archives 012

The tradition of the Nittany Lions running through a tunnel as they enter Beaver Stadium started when societies such as Parmi Nous lined up to form a walkway from the old Water Tower (which still stands next to the Nittany Lion Inn) to old Beaver Field. The team locker room was housed in the tower structure. The human tunnel, which dates to the 1940s, guided their way from the tower to Beaver Field. The human tunnel tradition continued when the Nittany Lions moved to Beaver Stadium on the east end of campus in 1960 when it was formed near the temporary bleachers in the end zone. The first actual tunnel at Beaver Stadium is today's visitor's tunnel entrance. The current tunnel entrance, seen here, came into existence when a locker room was built under the south stands as part of an expansion of the stadium in 1978. Today, the human tunnel tradition continues, as the Blue Band forms one on the field during pregame.

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