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Stadium parking plan.

PennDOT’s Central Area Traffic Management Center also supports Penn State football game days by posting real-time travel information on dynamic message boards and transmitting audio messages over radio systems. road warning to help travelers.

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State officials expect more than 100,000 fans when Penn State kicks off their home game on Saturday against Ball State.

PennDOT encourages motorists heading to Penn State home football games to plan their trip using the real-time travel information at

511PA includes travel information for every Penn State home football game.

Throughout the season, travel information will be available from the Thursday before each home game until the following Monday.

The Penn State 511PA football page is dedicated to monitoring traffic conditions on major travel routes to the event. Travel times and alerts are provided for each parking zone: west zone (access via Atherton Street to Park Avenue); East Zone (access via US 322 / I-99 at Park Avenue); North Zone (access via Fox Hollow Road); and the South Zone (access via University Drive and Porter Road from College Avenue / US 26).

Users can view incidents, construction, weather forecasts and alerts, traffic cameras, and traffic speeds on the map. The page also includes the Beaver Stadium 2021 parking map.

PennDOT’s Central Region Traffic Management Center will also post real-time travel information on dynamic traffic signs and transmit audio messages over road warning radio systems.

Coach James Franklin has requested 107,000 sold-out seats for the first home game fans can attend since the end of the 2019 season.

“We expect a full house; we have a few thousand tickets left ”, Assistant Athletics Director Scott Sidwell said on Tuesday.

Traditional pre-game festivities are also back to include tailgating, team arrival and traffic patterns. However, fans will see changes. Most importantly for fans is that Penn State Athletics has fully converted to mobile tickets. Mobile ticket scanners and passage metal detectors have been added at each entry point. Fans are encouraged to upload their mobile tickets to their Apple Wallet or Google Pay before leaving for the game.

Several charging stations will be located in and around Beaver Stadium, as well as in external customer relations kiosks. The kiosks have charging units and adapters for iOS and Android devices.

Sidwell said mobile ticketing has become a trend in the industry.

“In 2019, we had 48%, we are not starting from scratch. Our big message is to download your tickets before you leave home. We will have assistants in the parking lot. We will be at the gates to make sure people come in ”, Sidwell said. “We learned a lot in Wisconsin last week, they were totally mobile, we’re excited about these things. We want the fans to understand that we are here to help.

Meanwhile, Gates E and F have been enlarged near the Beaver Stadium ticket office. The expansion will also improve fan circulation around the exterior of the stadium with extended walkways.

Match day traffic will revert to the 2019 plan.

One-way traffic will begin four hours before kick-off (11:30 a.m. for Saturday’s game) and 8:30 a.m. for noon games. New this year, daytime game parking can only be purchased (cash or credit) at the Innovation Park building.

The parking lots will open at 8 a.m. for the Saturday game.

“We ask people to come early”, Sidwll said.

The one-way traffic pattern should end 60-90 minutes after the game. At the end of the one-way journey, fans will be able to leave their field and exit the stadium area by any route.

PennDOT said fans coming to the game should be aware of some construction work in the area.

On I-80, night work on the local interchange / Route 26 project at Bellefonte / 161 began on Tuesday. This work may require the contractor to close the right (traffic) lane in some cases. In these cases, all westbound traffic will use the temporary crossing.

PennDOT does not expect the new traffic model to cause significant travel delays.

On Route 322 westbound near Philipsburg, traffic is reduced to one lane as crews construct a one-mile center turn lane between Decatur Hill / Graham Station Road and Route 53. This construction creates potential traffic congestion.

Mirror staff writer Walt Frank is at 814-946-7467.

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