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Beaver Stadium, State College

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Beaver Stadium is an outdoor college football stadium in the eastern United States, located on the campus of Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. It has been home to the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten Conference since 1960, though some parts of the stadium date back to 1909. It was also the site of university commencements until 1984. The stadium, as well as its predecessors, is named after James A. Beaver (1837–1914), a governor (1887–91), president of the university's board of trustees, and native of nearby Millerstown.

Beaver Stadium has an official seating capacity of 106,572, making it currently the second largest stadium in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth largest in the world. Its natural grass playing field is aligned northwest to southeast at an approximate elevation of 1,150 feet (350 m) above sea level.

Beaver Stadium is widely known as one of the toughest venues for opposing teams in collegiate athletics. In 2008, it was recognized as having the best student section in the country for the second consecutive year.
In 2016, Beaver Stadium was voted the number-one football stadium in college football in a USA Today poll, garnering over 41 percent of the vote. In March 2019, USA Today conducted another poll asking voters to decide the best stadium in the United States during "Bracket Madness", which coincided with the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Hundreds of thousands of fans voted for their favorites throughout the week. In the championship match-up, Beaver Stadium beat Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse to claim the title of Ultimate Stadium.
Beaver Stadium was the first to have its interior included in Google Street View.
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  • I have been here multiple times for penn state football games. It is a very large facility. The seats are metal bleachers, unless you buy stadium cushions and backs. The bathrooms are not the best...  more »
  • Beaver stadium is the best college football venue in the country. 100k+ fans, great tailgating and one of the top football programs in the country. The campus is beautiful and there's a great...  more »
  • The stadium is amazing! The tour guides are super nice. There is a nice little museum and shop also. When you go in the stadium you feel like you are at a game. The view is just amazing.
  • Other than poor poor traffic flows in and out, always a great experience visiting the stadium. Penn State does a great job of accommodating 100,000+ fans. Good handicapped parking and seating. The stadium is clean. There are plenty of restrooms and concessions. No exciting food options, but that is what the tailgates are for. We rarely eat anything in the stadium.

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