Attendance Slipping At Beaver Stadium

By Cody Combs

Published 09/14 2013 08:46PM

Updated 09/14 2013 11:26PM

UNIVERSITY PARK - It's still loud, but Beaver Stadium is far from being filled to capacity.

According to Penn State, total attendance for the school's second home football game of 2013 was 92,855, about 800 fewer people when compared to the second home game of 2012.

In fact, average attendance at Beaver Stadium has been slipping since 2007.

Penn State lists Beaver Stadium's capacity at approximately 106,500.

Many blame the NCAA sanctions and the Sandusky scandal for the lower recent attendance, but some also blame a ticket program Penn State first started implementing in 2011 called STEP.

The STEP program helps determine seat selection and location based on donations to the Nittany Lion Club.

"I think it's the perfect storm," said Sharon Winter, who's been tailgating with her family at Penn State for more than 50 years. "The economy went south and then they came up with the STEP system, so that didn't make a lot of people happy."

Some fans benefited from STEP, like Mark Strouse and his family who now sit on the 35 yard line.

"It turned out to be good for me," he said. "I don't disagree with how they're doing it now."

Penn State has been trying different ticket deals and bundles to increase fan attendance, but some feel other forces are contributing to fewer fans in Beaver Stadium.

"55 inch plasma TVs aren't helping either," said one fan.

Penn State has 5 remaining home games for its 2013 season.

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