Penn State officials say safety a priority for Happy Valley Jam

State College, Centre County, Pa. - The first ever concert at Beaver Stadium is exactly one week away. 

As Penn State officials make final preparations, they say safety is a priority. 

The countdown is on until country music stars Blake Shelton, Chris Young and Big and Rich take the stage at Happy Valley Jam.  

"The concert atmosphere is going to be a lot like game day before you get into the concert. Lots will open at 11 o'clock and we expect people come in and enjoy friendship and comradery with friends and stuff and tailgate a little bit before they head into the concert," Deputy Director of Athletics and Chief Operating Officer Phil Esten said.

With thousands of people expected to fill the stands from over 40 different states and two other countries, keeping everyone safe is the main goal.  

"Penn State University police and public safety is…a fantastic group. We have a lot of great leadership...Obviously public safety is first and foremost on our minds and of utmost importance," Asst. Athletic Director and General Manager of Beaver Stadium Cory Chapman said.

Chapman said high profile events call for a thorough security plan.

"We've had a lot of meetings and we've talked extensively as far as what's happening in the country...university police and their public safety team has kept us abreast of what's going on in the world," Chapman said.

Chapman said there will be a clear bag policy and mandatory metal detector screenings.

They've also teamed up with another outside company to help out. 

"We've contracted with a third-party company called Whelan Event Services to help provide staff...trained staff to be vigilant," Chapman said.  

Penn state also wants fans to stay vigilant and to report anything suspicious they see to event staff. 

 


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