What's new at Beaver Stadium in 2017?
Hello, old friend.
Are you one of the 100,000-plus fans headed to Beaver Stadium on Saturday when the No. 6 Nittany Lions take on Akron at noon? If you are, there are some new things to be on the lookout for.
Here they are, in no specific order.
New entry lanes – According to a press release on www.gopsusports.com, Penn State has added 31 new entry lanes to Beaver Stadium and relocated or removed obstructions near Gate A.
“The fan experience is extremely important to us and it was vital that we take a step back in the offseason, review the data and consider all the options in order to improve the entry process,” said Phil Esten, Deputy Director of Athletics. "Our new partnership with Whelan Event Services will provide enhanced staffing and consistency, and, combined with more entry lanes, should improve the fan experience entering the stadium.”
Trophies on Display – Want to see Penn State’s championship trophies? Now, you can. Last season’s championship trophies will be on display at each and every game at the Pepsi Fan Zone, which is located just above Gate A.
Concession discounts – In an effort to get fans through the gates and into their seats earlier, Penn State is offering a 20 percent discount on concessions for 45 minutes after gates open. This week, gates open at 10 a.m., so the discount will be in effect until 10:45 a.m. Penn State believes incentives will get fans through the gates earlier, which means everyone can be seated by kickoff.
Berkey Creamery Ice Cream – As hard as it is to believe, Creamery has not been available at Penn State games – until now. There will be six different types available – vanilla, chocolate, Death by Chocolate, cookies ‘n cream, chocolate chip cookie dough and Peachy Paterno. All flavors will be sold by the pint.
Creamery ice cream has been available at the Bryce Jordan Center and Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, but this is new territory.
“We get a lot of people asking whether they can buy ice cream at our stands, and until now, we’ve always had to tell them to just go to the Creamery,” Penn State athletics concessions manager Eric Ebeling said in a release.
Penn State hopes to roll out more flavors next season.
Kono Pizza Cones – Love pizza but hate the mess eating it at tailgate? Well, Kono Pizza Cones may be the answer.
Pizza will now be available in a cone-shaped crust.
“Kono's Pizza's revolutionary Kone style is a perfect portable meal choice and we are excited for this opportunity brought to us by one of our key franchises,” Kono co-founders David Ragosa and Carlo Ruggiero said in a news release.
Dough and sauces are imported from Italy, and all Kones are made-to-order. Kono has 10 locations or food trucks around the country. The franchise bringing Kono to Beaver Stadium has locations at King of Prussia and the Cherry Hill (N.J.) Mall, as well as a food truck that serves the Philadelphia area.