Beaver Stadium will undergo sizable renovations likely no earlier than 2023, outside the initial five-year window of Penn State’s Facilities Master. The extensive upgrades will take three to four years to finish, pegging a completed Beaver Stadium at 2026 or 2027 at the earliest. Planned renovations include an increase in chairback seating, new restrooms, new concessions (locations and options), wider concourses and additional premium seating options. A “skin” of brick and limestone will also be added, and the seating will be reduced to about 103,000.
As part of Penn State’s Facilities Master Plan, a 20-year project that was announced Monday morning, 11 new facilities are expected to be constructed with plans to renovate eight current complexes. The cost is not yet known. This is an aerial view of what many of the proposed facilities — both new and renovated — look like.
A look at the plaza near the natatorium.
Jeffrey Field, the home to Penn State’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, will undergo sizable upgrades, including new home and visiting locker facilities, covered seating via overhang on the west side of the stadium, better restrooms and concessions, a videoboard, lighting around the complex and media facilities. Jeffrey Field’s capacity, which is currently 5,000, will be about 4,000 after completion of the renovations.
Another look at a renovated Jeffrey Field.
The new hub for Penn State’s student-athletes and coaches, the 450,000-square-foot Center of Excellence will be constructed where the East Area Locker Room is currently located. It will “centralize services and other resources for student-athletes, including performance enhancement, sports performance, and sports science facilities as well as a nutrition center,” according to Penn State’s news release. Additionally, the Center of Excellence will house the locker rooms and offices for the field hockey, soccer, lacrosse and tennis programs, with a 500-space parking facility under the center.
Similar to Holuba Hall, a new 108,000-square-foot indoor practice facility will be attached to the Center of Excellence. It’ll be an indoor space for all 31 Penn State sports, specializing as a space for baseball, softball, golf, lacrosse and soccer.
Another look at the new indoor practice facility.
The 100,000-square foot indoor tennis facility will feature 10 courts, whereas the current facility holds four courts. The structure, located west of the Field Hockey Complex, will be home to Penn State’s men’s and women’s tennis teams, provide seating for about 500 spectators and feature a pro shop.
Another look at the indoor tennis facility.
Another look at the natatorium.
A new 130,000-square- foot facility, the natatorium will includea 10-lane, 50-meter competition pool, a separate lap pool for campus recreation and a diving well built for competition. It will be constructed on the current location of McCoy Natatorium (corner of Bigler and Curtin roads) or near Penn State’s outdoor track on Porter Road. That decision is expected to be made in the coming months. There will be facilities for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, seating for 2,500 spectators and community locker rooms.