Beaver Stadium is located in State College, Pennsylvania and is home to the Penn State Nittany Lions. The stadium is named after James A. Beaver, a lawyer who grew up in nearby Bellefonte, served in the Union Army during the Civil War and ultimately became the governor of Pennsylvania and the President of Penn State University’s Board of Trustees.
As a graduate of Penn State University, I’m intimately familiar with the ins and outs of Beaver Stadium, which is the third largest stadium in the world with a capacity of 106,572. In this post, you’ll learn everything you need to know about seating in Beaver Stadium, including row and seat numbers, seat views, best and worst seats, student section details, parking, tailgating and more. Once you’re ready to buy tickets, check out TickPick’s Cheap Penn State Tickets, we never charge service fees!
Beaver Stadium Seating Chart
Scroll over each section for the seat view and row breakdown.
Beaver Stadium Section Breakdown
All sections at Beaver Stadium start with an N, S, E or W – which of course stands for North, South, East and West. The lower level sections have only two letters and the upper level sections have three letters. The Penn State sideline is located on the east side of the stadium.
The vast majority of seats at the stadium are bleacher seating, meaning no chair backs. The only sections that do have chairbacks are in the upper level in the South End Zone. More on that below.
Penn State Student Sections
The Penn State student sections are in the South End Zone in the lower level, and curve around into the corner and sideline behind the Penn State bench. Those tickets sell out in just a few hours each year, with over 21,000 allotted for the students across all Penn State campuses. Students aren’t assigned a specific seat, location is determined on a first come first serve basis.
You won’t be able to buy student section tickets on the secondary market. Plenty of students will camp out during game weeks for a chance to get as close to the action as possible. The small village that comes and goes each week is known as Nittanyville.
Penn State Club Sections
The club level at Beaver Stadium is located in sections SAC – SLC, just above the student sections. These seats have chairbacks(!), with more leg room than the standard seats. These seats provide access to the 28,000 square foot Mount Nittany Lounge, which is climate controlled and offers upscale food and beverage options. Perhaps the biggest selling point in these seats is that they serve alcohol inside the Mount Nittany Lounge, the only place inside the stadium that does (that isn’t a suite).
Penn State Suite Level
There are two suite levels at Beaver Stadium. Suite Level One runs numbers 1-30 and Suite Level Two runs numbers 31-60. The Suites are located on the east side of the stadium (Penn State sideline) and are climate controlled with about 500 square feet of space.
The suites fit up to 16 people, with twelve permanent seats and four portable ones. The suites also include a lounge area, closet, wet bar and private restrooms.
Visiting Team Fan Sections
Sections NKU and NLU are the designated visiting team sections at Beaver Stadium. If you are fan of the opposing team and want to sit ensure you sit with your fellow fans, this is where you want to be. If you are a Penn State fan, make sure you avoid these sections!
Beaver Stadium Seat Numbers
The seat numbers at Beaver Stadium are different than most football venues. They use odd and even numbered seating at the venue, so don’t panic when you receive your tickets and the seat numbers aren’t consecutive. The lowest seat number is always going to be on the left side of the section when you are facing the field.
Parking & Tailgating at Beaver Stadium
This is as detailed a map as you will find, although you might a bit overwhelmed with all the choices.
To simplify things, the closer you are to the stadium, the more expensive the parking will be. The traffic on game days may be worse than New York City rush hour, and the closer you are to the stadium the longer it will take for you to exit. One of the advantages of parking in one of the Yellow Lots is that you’re closer to the exits.
Tips for tailgating at a Penn State game:
- Arrive early so you have your pick of parking spot.
- Cell service is very spotty, so it’s advised to mark your tailgate with a large (unique) flag so friends and family can find you.
- No glass bottles or kegs, only cans or aluminum bottles.
- They only serve alcohol at the Mount Nittany Club inside Beaver Stadium, which only club ticket holders have access to…
- Don’t be in a rush to leave after the game, you are better off finishing your leftovers at your tailgate and waiting for traffic to die down.
Best Seats at Beaver Stadium
It’s cliche to say, but there really isn’t a bad seat at Beaver Stadium for a Penn State football game. You can feel the energy of the crowd from all corners of the stadium. But, like any football stadium, the best viewing will come in the sections between the 30 yard lines.
Personally, I like sitting closer to the North End Zone along the sideline. You have a great view of the field and face the student section, which is entertaining to watch in its own right.
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