With the Penn State-Pitt game scheduled to kick off at noon, traffic jams persisted in State College throughout Saturday morning, as fans aired their frustration on social media.
At 8:30 a.m. Saturday, traffic was bumper to bumper on Atherton Street headed to Beaver Stadium from the north and south. By 10:45 a.m., the situation had not improved, with Beaver Avenue also backed up and delays on Interstate 99.
Numerous social media posts put the blame on Penn State’s new changes to game day parking.
“Worst traffic I’ve seen in 28 years as season ticket holder,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Arrived 3 hours beforehand and we might not make kickoff.”
Penn State’s parking lots around Beaver Stadium opened at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, 30 minutes earlier than usual. According to the athletics department, game day parking permits for Saturday’s highly anticipated matchup against the Panthers were completely sold out by Wednesday night. The game is expected to be near capacity for a stadium that can fit in excess of 110,000 fans.
In a tweet, Penn State Athletics referred people with specific questions about the new parking plan to call 1-800-NITTANY.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation also warned drivers of delays and heavy traffic before Saturday’s game.