University Park, Pa- WTAJ spoke exclusively with Penn State Police to hear how they will be directing traffic around Beaver Stadium for Penn State’s first home football game this Saturday. PSU Police also gave some tips to make the parking process as smooth as possible for fans.
“To people coming into the games…you’re gonna at least need a couple hours to get in… especially closer to game-time. Do not get too close to game-time and think you’re gonna have an hour to be able to get into the lot and get into the stadium on time. You’re gonna need to give yourself more time,” said Assistant Chief of Penn State Police Bill Moerschbacher.
But beyond timing out your day, the easiest tip is on the back of your parking pass, which has directions on where you should enter to park.
“Display your permit as soon as you get into the football traffic because people look at that as a parking permit… but for our staff, it’s helping people get them in the right lane. So just listen to the staff, they’ll tell you what lane to get into… and also keep in mind that there’s going to be a lot of people here, a lot of pedestrians and a lot of drinking. So pedestrians may not be paying a lot of attention,” Moerschbacher said.
Another thing you want to be aware of: the one way lanes to load cars into lots pre-game, will be starting earlier this year.
From Atherton Street, there will be a one way road going eastbound toward the stadium, and from 322, they’ll be a one way road going west into stadium parking.
And police say getting in is always easier.
“Getting out is always the most difficult part generally because everyone wants out at the same time… particularly on night games it’s much worse. We just ask people to keep in mind that there’s a lot of conflicts where [people are] parking in grass fields and in a lot of instances they’re not designed parking lots so the road infrastructure isn’t terribly great. We will get everybody out. Just take your time… it may take a little longer than you think it should, but we will get everybody out,” Moerschbacher said.
He added that fans can expect to see more State Police Officers helping to direct traffic around the stadium. This is part of an increased police force at all home games this year.