Penn State's Beaver Stadium: How to Improve the Experience

Collin CooperCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2010

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Penn State Nittany Lion fans cheer during a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Ohio State won 24-7. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Ten improvements that I would love to see around Beaver Stadium.

Really, Beaver Stadium is one my happy places. It's been one of the few constants in my life as my family has been going to games well before my arrival. But that does not mean that is it not without some minor flaws. He is my list of suggest tweaks:

1. Add real bathrooms to the tailgating lots. You have one of the largest tailgating contingents in the country, and probably one of the biggest supplies of porta-johns. Build two or three more bathrooms with access to the fields and you will make a lot of people happier about shelling out $40 for parking.

2. Redesign the press box. The whole stadium looks great, minus the press box, which is starting to look like an eyesore.

3. The north endzone exits empty out into grass, which really does not work when it's raining. Everything turns to mush out there. Pave a pathway. A simple fix.

4. Find a better way for the students to get to their seats on game day. I honestly remember waiting and hour to actually get to my seats. That needs to change as this student section has proved worthy.

5. Add a ramp to the southeast section of the stadium (aka the student section). It takes forever to leave your seat after the game from over there. There is ramp access to three out of the four corners of the stadium, which really doesn't make sense.

6. Sell better food. Yes, I know everyone is tailgating, but really, no creamery ice cream or coffee? How about selling better pretzels or aspirin and alka seltzer? There are a lot of people out there would would love this. Make it happen.

7. High-def scoreboards. The shelf life of a score board should be about 10 years. To my best recollection, these boards are going into their 10th season. Time for the upgrade to HD.

8. Seat backed rows. This I know will never happen, not with this university trying to wrangle up money for those chair back seats. But adding a back rest (not individual chairs) to the bleacher seats would show a lot of respect to your loyal fans.

9. Allow for the sale of beer inside the game...just kidding.

10. Stop trying to re-create Ohio State 2005. It was an organic event, led by a hungry fan base. It now seems as if the school is overbranding and self-promoting way too much. Stop perpetually calling your self the "greatest show" and blazing music after each play. Just let things flow, we as fans have proved we can make the magic happen on our own.

Here is to Beaver Stadium entering its 50th season as the home of Penn State football. I wish it nothing but continued success.

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