Game Day: No. 14/15 Nittany Lions Host Central Michigan in Beaver Stadium

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Big Ten Network will televise noon kickoff

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – No. 14/15 Penn State Football welcomes Central Michigan to Beaver Stadium on Saturday at noon. The contest, presented by the Penn State Bookstore, will air on Big Ten Network with Mark Followill (play-by-play), Matt Millen (analyst) and Matt McGloin (sideline) on the call.

Fans are encouraging 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 match up. Real time traffic, parking and gate information will be shared on the Beaver Stadium Twitter account (@beaver_stadium).

Beaver Stadium gates will open two hours before kickoff. Fans are strongly encouraged 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).

Happy Valley Hospitality/Tailgating Reminders

  • Penn State Athletics reminds fans to be respectful, show their Happy Valley Hospitality and exhibit the behaviors to make Beaver Stadium game day safe. Be loud, proud, respectful, responsible, great fans and gracious hosts.
  • Fans are asked to please be alert to cars entering and exiting the parking lot.
  • Intercollegiate Athletics has also worked diligently on recycling and sustainability across ICA events and activities. Those sustainability efforts include 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.

On-Field Pregame Show Begins at 11:40 am

  • Fans are asked to arrive for the start of the on-field pregame show beginning at 11:40 am
  • The show features the new Penn State Traditions video, the Penn State Blue Band, cheerleaders, Lionettes and The Nittany Lion.

Big Ten Tailgate on Campus This Weekend

  • The Big Ten Tailgate is coming to campus Saturday.
  • Join hosts Mike Hall and Brock Vereen outside of gate B of the Bryce Jordan Center from 10 am to noon.
  • Fans can take photos with Franco Harris, as well as the Heisman Trophy.

1982 National Championship Team Recognition

  • Penn State will honor its 1982 National Championship team at halftime.
  • The Nittany Lions defeated Georgia, 27-23, in the Sugar Bowl to claim its first National Championship.
  • In the Sugar Bowl, Todd Blackledge threw for 228 yards, including a go-ahead 48-yard touchdown pass to Gregg Garrity.
  • Curt Warner rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns, out-gaining Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker.
  • Linebacker Scott Radecic led Penn State with 14 tackles, while safety Mark Robinson made nine tackles and two interceptions.
  • After a mid-season loss to Alabama, Penn State rattled off seven-straight wins to close the season.
  • Blackledge earned the Davey O’Brien Award, throwing for 2,218 yards and 22 touchdowns.
  • Robinson and Warner joined wide receiver Kenny Jackson and defensive end Walker Lee Ashley as first-team All-Americans.
  • Warner rushed for 1,041 yards and eight touchdowns.
  • Michael Zordich, returning to Beaver Stadium as Central Michigan’s defensive backs coach, was a member of the 1982 team.

Celebration THON

  • The Penn State student section ribbon will turn yellow to celebrate THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.
  • THON has raised more than $203 million in its history to benefit Four Diamonds at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer.

Team Arrival and Beaver Stadium Block Party

  • The Beaver Stadium Block Party begins at 8 am
  • Team arrival is scheduled for approximately 10 am
  • The team will come off the Blue Buses and walk from Porter Road to the South Tunnel.
  • The Penn State Blue Band will march down the middle of the Block Party approximately one hour before the start of each game.

Fans Advised to Reinstall Penn State Athletics Mobile App

  • The official mobile app of Penn State Athletics has moved.
  • If fans downloaded the mobile app prior to April 28, 2022, they are required to download a new app, as the app used last year is no longer supported.
  • If your app is titled “Nittany Lions,” you have the current Penn State Athletics app.
  • If fans are unsure if they downloaded the Penn State Athletics app prior to April 28, 2022, follow these instructions to confirm.
    • First, delete the previous version of the app on your phone entirely.
    • Second, go to either the Google Play or App Store on your phone and search “Penn State Nittany Lions” and click the download button.
    • If fans need further assistance, visit gopsusports.com/mobiletickets or email for support at gols@psu.edu.

Game Day Traffic Pattern

  • Penn State football’s game day traffic pattern will be in place once again this season.
  • Please visit gopsusports.com/gameday to get to know your route to Beaver Stadium before you depart for the game.
  • One-way traffic patterns will begin at 8:30 am this Saturday.
  • With the ongoing Atherton Street construction project in State College, fans are asked to keep up to date with the construction and travel restrictions by visiting www.penndot.gov. Motorists can also stay up-to-date on the latest travel conditions by visiting www.511PA.com. All lanes will remain open on Friday and Saturday.

Parking

  • Parking lots will open at 7 am this Saturday.
  • New this year, day of game parking can no longer be purchased at select lots and can only be (cash or credit) at Lot 36.
  • Game day parking sales will begin when lots open until sold out or kickoff, whichever comes first.
  • General parking purchased in advance is $50 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 benefit from the savings, but to assist in smoother traffic and parking by displaying the pass as they approach roads to stadium parking.
  • Fans are asked to please display their parking permit from their rear-view 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.

Mobile Ticketing

  • Mobile ticketing continues to be the delivery method for Penn State Football tickets for all games in Beaver Stadium.
  • Please make sure to download mobile tickets to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay on your phone in advance of game day.
  • For step-by-step instructions on how to do this, please visit gopsusports.com/mobiletickets.
  • Multiple charging stations are located in and around Beaver Stadium, as well as the external customer relations booths. The kiosks have charging units and adapters for iOS and Android devices.
  • To assist in the gate entry process, mobile ticket scanners and walkthrough metal detectors are at every entry point. There will be additional magnetometers and signage at various gates this season for improved security screening to streamline gate entry.

Concessions Discounts for Early Arriving Fans; Beaver Stadium Gates Open at 10 am

  • Early arriving fans every Saturday will have an opportunity to receive discounts at the concession stands.
  • Beaver Stadium gates open this Saturday at 10 am Fans will receive one dollar off for every five dollars 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.

Fans Reminded of Updated Penn State Athletics Bag Policy

  • Penn State University’s policy has undergone several revisions.
  • To make the clear bag policy more fan friendly, and to align with policies in place for large events around the country, the size of allowed bags has increased. Clear tote bags, which can be sized 12″ x 6″ x 12″ or smaller, will be permitted.
  • In addition, a 4″ x 6″ x 1″ small clutch or wristlet will continue to be permissible.
  • Complete information on the University’s updated bag policy can be found here.

CATA Shuttle Service

  • CATA will be providing service to the Penn State football home games this season via the Game Day Football Shuttle.
  • The South Atherton Shuttle serves the many hotels along South Atherton St. and several other parking areas.
  • Information on service updates and real-time route and schedule information are available through the myStop mobile app and at realtime.catabus.com.

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 2022 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.

Guest Services Booths

  • Penn State has guest services booths located inside Beaver Stadium 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.

Postgame One-Way Traffic Pattern in Effect for Approximately 90 Minutes

  • University Police has indicated to Intercollegiate Athletics 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 of 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 district via any route.

For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and ticket information for the 2022 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 am-4 pm

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