Game day: Penn State welcomes Auburn to Beaver Stadium

September 17, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — No. 10/12 Penn State welcomes No. 22/20 Auburn to Beaver Stadium on Saturday (Sept. 18) for its annual Penn State White Out game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe on the call.

Fans are encouraged to visit Game Day Central for all information as it relates to Penn State football game day traffic, parking, clear bag policy and information on the matchup.

Penn State Athletics will open Beaver Stadium gates two and a half hours before kickoff — 30 minutes earlier than 2019. Fans are strongly encouraged fans to arrive early to ease the entry process. For the first 45 minutes after gates open, early arriving fans will have an opportunity to receive $1 off for every $5 purchased at the concession stands (see below).

Health and safety

In alignment with University guidance, all fans will be required to wear masks in indoor areas and venues, such as Beaver Stadium suites, letterman's lounge, club area and press box. While masks are not required in the stands and concourses of Beaver Stadium at this time, the CDC recommends people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings. Penn State Athletics encourages everyone, particularly those who are not vaccinated, to wear a mask in the stands and concourses. All patrons are asked to bring a mask with them to Beaver Stadium. Penn State Athletics continues to encourage all those who are able to get vaccinated to help keep Nittany Nation safe.

Mobile ticketing

Penn State Athletics has fully converted to mobile tickets for all fans and all sports to allow for improved ticket delivery and management, as well as fewer physical contact points. Fans have been provided a variety of resources regarding mobile ticketing this summer to ease the transition, including a mobile ticketing guide at GoPSUsports.com/mobiletickets.

Fans are encouraged to save their mobile tickets to their Apple Wallet or Google Pay prior to leaving for the game. To assist in the gate entry process, mobile ticket scanners and walkthrough metal detectors have been added at every entry point.

College GameDay

ESPN's College GameDay Built by The Home Depot program will be live from Penn State's Old Main lawn Saturday morning. This is the 22nd time College GameDay has been at the site of a Penn State game. The popular pregame college football program will air live from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

For the 10th time and fifth consecutive year, College GameDay will be live from Happy Valley. Penn State is the only school to host College GameDay every year since 2017.

Click here for more information on College GameDay at Penn State.

ORV lot update

The strong line of thunderstorms that crossed through State College Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 15) caused extensive damage and obstructions to the Overnight RV (ORV) lot, knocking down utility poles, power lines and trees; turning over portable toilets; and causing other damage to the area. Power to the ORV lot is out at this time and many roadways are obstructed by utility poles and trees. Crews are working diligently to restore power as quickly as possible and crews are working to remove the debris.

In order to allow crews as much time as possible to restore power to the ORV lot and clear debris from the roadways, Penn State Athletics has made the decision to close the ORV lot Thursday evening and move all RVs to Grange Fair Park (1 Homan Ln, Centre Hall, PA 16828) for Thursday evening with the hope of a potential Friday afternoon/evening move-in, if power is able to be restored. Those planning to arrive Thursday can show their Thursday ORV pass at the Grange Fair and will not be charged.

For questions regarding this weekend's ORV Lot relocation, email ORVlot@psu.edu.

Click here for ORV lot updates

Team arrival

The Beaver Stadium parking lots will open this Saturday at 8 a.m. The Penn State All-Sports Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fan Fest on Curtin Road begins at 1 p.m., and the Beaver Stadium ticket office, near Gate E, opens at 2:30 p.m.

Team arrival is scheduled for approximately 5 p.m. The team will come off the Blue Buses and walk from Porter Road to the South Tunnel through the greatest fans in college sports. During the team arrival, the Nittany Lions' team captains will hand out footballs signed by the captains and head coach James Franklin to fans lined up on Curtin Road.

Happy Valley Hospitality

The Happy Valley initiative promotes the positivity and welcoming atmosphere the Penn State fanbase is known for. This season, we will continue to promote Happy Valley Hospitality by encompassing our customer service offerings inside and around Beaver Stadium. Happy Valley Hospitality representatives will be located throughout the stadium area in 10 customer service booths and fans are encouraged to seek assistance at these locations. All of this will go toward enhancing the game day experience and environment for the best fans in college sports.

Fans encouraged to participate in game day recycling; place bottles and cans in blue bags

Intercollegiate Athletics has also worked diligently on recycling and sustainability across ICA events and activities. Those sustainability efforts include moving to mobile tickets and making recycling bags available in the Beaver Stadium parking lots. Fans are encouraged to be environmentally responsible and participate in Penn State's recycling and sustainability efforts by separating recyclable items before, during and after the game. Blue recycling bags and clear trash bags are located throughout the Beaver Stadium parking lots. Bottles and cans only should be placed in the blue recycling bags. All other items should be placed in the clear trash bags.

Concessions discounts for early-arriving fans; Beaver Stadium gates open at 5 p.m.

Early-arriving fans every Saturday will have an opportunity to receive discounts at the concession stands and watch other college football games on the stadium videoboards. Beaver Stadium gates open this Saturday at 5 p.m.

Some of the incentives are:

  • Fans will receive $1 off for every $5 spent at the during the first 45 minutes after the gates are open. Cash, credit card and LionCash purchases are accepted at the concourse concession stands.
  • Other college football games will be shown on the stadium videoboards starting two and a half hours before kickoff until approximately 70 minutes before the game.

Highway projects could impact football traffic

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting drivers that they could encounter delays as they travel to Beaver Stadium this fall.

For information about the construction and travel restrictions, visit www.penndot.gov. Motorists can stay up to date on the latest travel conditions by visiting www.511PA.com.

Fans reminded of security screening and Penn State Athletics bag policy

Penn State will provide security screening for all guests at the entry gates using walkthrough metal detectors. With this security measure in place, all public gates, including the ADA and student gates, will open two and a half hours prior to kickoff to provide ample time for all fans to pass through security. Fans will be asked to remove items from their pockets upon entering the stadium. Umbrellas are not permitted in Beaver Stadium.

Backpacks, bags and purses are not permitted in Beaver Stadium. Personal items can be placed in a clear bag that is no larger than 11" x 11" x 0" (one gallon) and wristlets (no larger than 4" x 6" x 1"). Patrons can expedite the entry process by not bringing a bag into Beaver Stadium. For fans with medical or childcare needs, please place those items in an 11" x 11" x 0" clear bag or a one-gallon clear bag prior to arriving at the stadium gates. All items are subject to inspection. Any items left unattended at the gates will be discarded and unrecoverable.

For parking maps, the bag policy and a complete list of items prohibited from entry into Beaver Stadium, fans should go to Penn State Football Game Day Central: GoPSUsports.com/gameday.

Fans are reminded that they may enter Beaver Stadium at any of Gates B, C, D, E and F and use the ground-level concourse to get to their seating section. ADA patrons should enter the facility at the ADA gate near Gate B on the west side of the stadium.

Parking

New this year, day-of-game parking can no longer be purchased at select lots and can only be purchased (cash or credit) at the Innovation Park Building 100 parking lot (subject to availability). Game day parking sales will begin when lots open until sold out or kickoff, whichever comes first.

General parking purchased in advance is $40 per car, while paying to park on game day when arriving to the general lots will cost $60. Fans are encouraged to purchase parking passes in advance to not only realize the savings, but to assist in smoother traffic and parking operations by displaying the pass as they approach roads to stadium parking. Fans can purchase up to three advance single-game parking passes per account, per game.

Fans are asked to please display their parking permit from their rearview mirror as they enter the traffic pattern. Parking permits will be scanned upon entry into the lots. Patrons should approach their parking lot as directed on the back of their parking permit.

In the event game day parking is exhausted, parking is available at the East, Nittany, Eisenhower and HUB parking decks on campus while space is available. In addition, there is parking at the Grange Fairgrounds. Fans should enter through the south or the west to access the campus parking decks.

RV parking sold out; RV spaces and weekend shuttle available at Grange Park

All game day, season RV and Overnight RV is sold out for the 2021 season. Fans who do not have an RV parking permit will need to make other arrangements and Penn State Athletics has identified Grange Park as an economical alternative with hook-ups and shuttle service to campus on Friday and Saturday of home football weekends. Fans interested in parking their RV at Grange Park can reserve a spot by calling 814-364-9212.

Fans who have not already purchased an RV parking permit should not attempt to park in the official lots near Beaver Stadium. Those fans will be asked to turn around by police and traffic personnel, which will disrupt the flow of traffic heading to Beaver Stadium.

Guest services booths inside and outside Beaver Stadium

Penn State has two guest services booths outside the stadium, in addition to locations inside the facility, to assist fans prior to and following the game. The first booth is located at the intersection of Park Avenue and University Drive, near the intramural fields, and the second booth is at the intersections of Park Avenue and Fox Hollow Road near the Ag Arena. The two booths outside the stadium will open three hours before kickoff.

Inside Beaver Stadium, guest services booths are located at Gates B, C, E and F on the field level. There also is a guest services booth on the North concourse, two on the South concourse and one in the North upper deck.

Fan assistance also is provided by the customer relations staff, by texting the word "Nittany," your issue and location to the phone number 69050, or by calling 1-800-NITTANY.

50/50 raffle

Fans also will see the addition of a 50/50 raffle during all home games. One lucky fan will win 50% of the funds collected at the game with the proceeds used to support athletic scholarships through the Penn State's Nittany Lion Club Levi Lamb Fund. Sellers will be located throughout the stadium wearing bright green vests. Ticket sales will conclude in the third quarter and a winner will be announced before the end of the game. The winner does not need to be present to claim their prize. For complete information go to gopsusports.com/50-50.

Game day traffic pattern

The game day traffic pattern will return to the 2019 plan. The one-way traffic pattern will begin at 3:30 p.m. for the Auburn game. More information on parking and traffic can be found here.

Postgame one-way traffic pattern in effect for approximately 90 minutes

Penn State 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 outbound, one-way traffic pattern will be in effect from the of 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 outbound 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.

The Penn State-Auburn game will air on ABC and the Penn State Sports Network (6 p.m. airtime) and GoPSUsports.com. The 2021 Penn State football season is presented by PSECU.

Fans can engage with Penn State Athletics via the Nittany Lions' social media accounts at gopsusports.com/socialaccounts.aspx.

For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and ticket information for the 2021 Penn State Football season presented by PSECU, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit www.PSUnrivaled.com, or call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Last Updated September 20, 2021