Penn State football one-way traffic pattern times set for 2019 season

February 28, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) has determined the start times for 2019 football one-way traffic patterns, in consultation with University Police and other local traffic officials.

For games that begin at noon, the one-way traffic pattern will begin at 8:30 a.m. Beaver Stadium parking lots will open at 7 a.m. for noon games, providing fans with a 90-minute window to access their parking lot via any route.

For all other games, the one-way traffic pattern will begin four hours prior to kick off. For example:

— 3:30 p.m. kick: stadium parking lots will open at 8 a.m. and the one-way pattern will begin at 11:30 a.m.

— 6 p.m. kick: stadium lots will open at 8 a.m. and the one-way pattern will begin at 2 p.m.

— 8 p.m. kick: stadium lots will open at 8 a.m. and the one-way pattern will begin at 4 p.m.

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In an effort to address traffic and parking challenges on football game day, Penn State Athletics announced last November several changes for traffic and parking for the 2019 season. These changes are being implemented after evaluation by the University with an outside consultant, SP+.

The most significant changes include the creation of four traffic zones and designating game day parking for general parking lots. The names or numbers of some parking lots have changed for the 2019 season (see map).

Fans required to access parking lot via specific zone once one-way pattern begins

Once the one-way traffic pattern begins, fans will be required to travel to their specific Beaver Stadium lot from one of four traffic zones that have been created (North, South, East and West). All parking permits will have zone and lot specific driving direction instructions.

Once the one-way traffic pattern begins, vehicles that attempt to access their parking lot via the incorrect traffic zone will be re-routed to the correct zone, delaying the arrival time to their parking lot.

Postgame one-way traffic pattern in effect for approximately 90 minutes; fans can leave via preferred route once one-way pattern ends

University Police has indicated to ICA that the vast majority of pedestrian traffic typically clears the Beaver Stadium area approximately 90 minutes after a game ends. The out-bound one-way traffic pattern will be in effect from the end of the contest for approximately 90 minutes and fans will be required to leave their lot via the directions for their specific traffic zone. During the vast majority of the game, there is a normal traffic pattern around Beaver Stadium.

Once the one-way out-bound traffic pattern ends (approximately 90 minutes after the game), fans will be able to exit their lot and leave the stadium vicinity via any route.

Penn State hosts town hall meetings; discussions continue on feedback

Earlier this year, Penn State Athletics hosted four town halls to discuss the traffic and parking changes, generating questions and feedback, which ICA and University officials continue to discuss. Any potential changes to the traffic and parking changes outlined in November will be announced prior to the April 13 Blue-White Game (3 p.m. kick).

Fans with questions related to football traffic and parking can call 1-800-NITTANY, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Nittany Lions open the 2019 season on Aug. 31 vs. Idaho in Beaver Stadium.

For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and reserving new season tickets for the 2019 Penn State Football season presented by PSECU, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit, call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Nearly 2,700 new season tickets have been sold for the 2019 campaign.

Last Updated February 28, 2019