Penn State encourages fans to 'Come to the Game, Honor the Name'

August 27, 2007

Officials work to make game day an exciting and safe experience

University Park, Pa. -- The kickoff of what promises to be an exciting 2007 Penn State football season is just days away, and Penn State officials continue to work to make the Beaver Stadium experience a fun and safe one by encouraging Nittany Lion fans to "Come to the Game, Honor the Name."

The campaign reminds fans that while enjoying Penn State athletic events, including football, they should be mindful of their behavior to make the game enjoyable for everyone.

"Penn State is proud to have the greatest fans in college football, and Beaver Stadium tailgates have become of one the game's great traditions," said Tim Curley, athletic director. "We want our fans to come to the game and show their enthusiasm, while at the same time honoring Penn State's name and tradition by cheering on the team with respect for other fans, as well as laws and University policies, inside and outside the stadium."

As with the 2006 season, police and safety personnel will continue to have a more visible presence around the stadium, with more officers patrolling the parking areas around the stadium for fans who need assistance and to help reduce underage drinking. In addition, police will be on hand for traffic, crowd control, medical emergencies and security at entrance gates.

As in past years, alcohol is not permitted in Beaver Stadium. Continuing from last season, alcohol at tailgate parties in the lots around Beaver Stadium is prohibited between kickoff and the final whistle.

"Our objective is to provide a fun, safe atmosphere for everyone to enjoy the game and activities around the game," said Steve Shelow, director of Penn State University Police. "At the same time, we want to help keep our fans, many under the age of 21, from missing out on the fun because they are being taken to the emergency room for alcohol overdoses.

"Increasing our patrols and limiting alcohol consumption in the lots during the game has helped us address that issue."

The police department's mobile command post will continue to be located in the picnic grove near the intersection of Park Avenue and University Drive. People who need assistance are encouraged to stop by the command post.

Campus police and other area police departments who provide support for game day activities will also continue to operate their main command post beneath Beaver Stadium, adjacent to Gate B, in the southwest corner of the stadium, as they have done in recent years.

Fans who need medical, police and other kinds of emergency assistance while visiting the stadium should use the same telephone numbers they would use anywhere else on campus, either Centre County's 911 or the campus police number, which is 863-1111. Fans also can call 867-3267 (FANS), a hot line number established last season so that fans may speak to someone who can resolve issues of fan behavior, seating, etc. immediately.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009