On seven Saturdays this fall, football will be played between the walls at Beaver Stadium. That much is guaranteed. The home of Penn State football may see some additional games throughout the year, though.
Saturday, StateCollege.com reported that the school is working without Pennsylvania high schools to potentially host one prep game sometime this season. The news was first reported b WMSS’s Eric Thomas on Friday and confirmed on Saturday.
Penn State has been making a push to utilize Beaver Stadium for more events aside from the football season. It sounds like the university is not only interested in hosting a regular season high school game, but potentially the PIAA state championships later down the road.
“[The department] wishes to provide an opportunity for one Pennsylvania high school football game to be played in Beaver Stadium this fall,” Penn State said in a statement. “We are working with the appropriate officials regarding the details.”
Even head coach James Franklin believes playing state championship games in Happy Valley would be a huge benefit for the school and high school kids.
“We’d love to host the state championship games here,” Franklin said during Penn State’s media day. “I think there’s a lot of reasons that makes sense. I think it’d be exciting for kids to have the opportunity to do that.”
There has been no timetable for a decision on high school games yet. It’s also unclear if there are particular schools who have been contacted about the opportunity.