As first reported by Nate Bauer from On3 Sports, Penn State has a plan to present phase 1 of the expansive Beaver Stadium renovation project to Penn State’s Board of Trustees at the May 4-5 meeting of the Board.
BREAKING: Penn State is set to present its proposal for the first stages of an expansive Beaver Stadium renovation to the Board of Trustees next month.
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— Nate Bauer (@NateBauerBWI) April 20, 2023
In February, President Neeli Bendapudi announced that Penn State would renovate the home of the Nittany Lions rather than build a new stadium on campus.
The renovation is expected to be a multi-phase effort that will significantly upgrade the stadium and fan experience. Perhaps most importantly for students, Bendapudi announced that “No part of this project will be funded by tuition, student fees, or any of [Penn State’s] educational budget.”
A multi-phase renovation of Beaver Stadium is not yet finalized but may soon be in the works, according to a press release.
No part of the project will be funded by tuition or student fees, University President Neeli Bendapudi said
— Seth Engle (@bigsengtweets) February 17, 2023
While Penn State is not ready to announce the total cost of the entire project, according to Bauer, costs for the first phase of the project could “run as high as $700 million” and will focus on the West side of the stadium with “a complete demolition of the current stands and the press box … a rebuild with new stands, including expanded chair back seating on [the West side’s] lower level, as well as luxury amenities, suites, and loge boxes.”
Bauer also reported that these changes will be the most significant and visible out of the renovation project.
The Board of Trustees has to approve the plan before any renovation can begin, but the presentation is a major step forward for Penn State’s athletic department and the future of Beaver Stadium.