Penn State is modeling a number of capability choices for soccer video games at Beaver Stadium this fall

Penn State continues to plan for a full Beaver Stadium this fall, though the sports department is modeling options in case distancing requirements persist in Pennsylvania.

In a recent letter to season ticket holders, Penn State sporting director Sandy Barbour said the program remains “hopeful” of filling the stadium for football games in 2021, starting with the home game against Ball State on September 11th . Pennsylvania rules currently allow outdoor events to be held at 50 percent of the event capacity, but they must be two meters away.

According to Barbour’s email, a continued distancing request would limit Penn State to accepting approximately 20,000 fans at Beaver Stadium. The sports department worked with Ticketmaster and the Populous architectural firm to develop pod seating options that meet the needs.

“We continue to plan a full stadium scenario for the entire 2021 season while overseeing local, state and national guidelines as we understand there may be health and safety guidelines in place that can affect attendance levels,” said Barbour’s letter.

The Big Ten announced that universities can set their own attendance limits based on state and local guidelines. Penn State has not announced whether fans will need to be vaccinated in order to attend home sports events.

Penn State plans to notify season ticket holders of renewals in late May. Barbour said all fans can expect a change this season: digital tickets.

Penn State football fans will return to Beaver Stadium with mobile tickets this fall as the program deviates from its long history of paper tickets. Barbour said all fans will be using mobile ticketing, which students have been using since 2019. Other Penn State sports also use mobile ticketing for their events.

Penn State used mobile ticketing for the open scrimmage that ended the spring exercises in April.

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