The athletic department has restructured donation levels necessary for fans to secure season tickets to Nittany Lion home games under what it is calling a Seat Transfer & Equity Plan (STEP). Penn State released a new seating chart on its web site Tuesday.
See the chart here:
In the past, the same minimum donation level -- $100 per year -- was used for non-student season tickets in the stadium, regardless of the location. The new plan calls for higher donation levels for fans who want the best seats. But the new fees are not in addition to the old donations, but rather replacing them.
It also includes provisions for transferring season tickets out of family, albeit at cost.
Under the new plan, the best seats in the house -- a very small number of chairback seats between the 40-yard lines on either side of the stadium -- will require a $2,000 per year per seat donation. Seats in these sections can be transferred out of family for a one-time fee of $2,000 per seat. With all out-of-family transfers, the person gaining the seats must meet certain Nittany Lions Club point standards.
Meanwhile, the rest of the seats in the three sections between the 30-yard lines will require a $600 per year per seat donation. These sections include WF, WD, WE, EF, EE, ED as well as the six sections directly behind them. Seats in these sections can be transferred for a one-team fee of $1,500 per seat.
Lower level seats between the 30s and roughly the 10s on either side of the stadium will require annual donations of $400 per seat. These include sections WH, WG, WC, WB, EH, EG, EC and EB. Four upper-level sections -- WGU, WCU, EGU and ECU -- will also require the $400 per seat per year donation. Seats in these sections can be transferred for a one-time fee of $1,000 per seat.
The rest of the non-student seats will require a $100 per year per seat donation. Seats in these sections can be transferred for a one-time fee of $500 per seat.
Speaking of student tickets, the entire student section is being moved into the 10 lower-level sections behind the south end zone and in to the two sections on either side of the end zone seats. The students are currently in the southeast corner of the stadium.
In another radical change, tickets sold by the visiting team will only be for seats in the north upper deck.
We will have more on this breaking story as information becomes available.