As Penn State's athletic department awaits the results of wide-ranging facilities master plan, a major point of discussion in recent months has been whether Beaver Stadium, which is now 55 years old, should be renovated or replaced. Athletic director Sandy Barbour made her preference known at a recent town hall on the topic, saying "My desire, because of the history and tradition of the stadium, is to renovate," which is still a costly option. The most recently constructed Big Ten football facility, TCF Bank Stadium, was in 2009 by Minnesota.
The 50,000-seat facility's construction cost was approximately $303 million, yet is less than half of Beaver Stadium's 106,572 capacity.
Curious about the general opinion from Penn State's fan base on this topc, we asked fans a simple question of:
"Should Penn State replace Beaver Stadium in the foreseeable future?"
The results of the question saw 80 percent of voters indicating that Penn State should not replace Beaver Stadium in the near future, with 20 percent supporting a replacement facility for the nation's second largest college football stadium.
The athletic department has commissioned Populous, an architectural design firm which helped design the 2001 Beaver Stadium renovation and expansion, to produce a facilities master plan with former Nittany Lion player Scott Radecic serving as point man on the project. This initiative will determine both the requirements of Penn State and what the program can afford. The target date for this is summer of 2016.
While much of the facilities discussion has been focused on Beaver Stadium, PSU has other facilities that are said to be in pressing need of renovations, including the McCoy Natatorium and aspects of Jeffrey Field and Rec Hall (like restroom facilities and amenities).