Parking, Traffic and Transit Information for the Penn State-Rutgers Football Game


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State football will host Rutgers at noon on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Beaver Stadium for the military appreciation game. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early. Penn State Transportation Services announced the following parking, traffic and transit adjustments ahead of the game.

Football match car park

Football parking lots near Beaver Stadium (between Bigler Road and Mount Nittany Medical Center) are operated by Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics and require a football permit, which is only valid in its assigned lot. Lots will open this week at 7 a.m. For more information, visit, call 1-800-NITTANY, or email [email protected]

Additional on-campus parking on football game days is available through Penn State Transportation Services at the following locations:

  • East, HUB and Nittany bridges: $40 (payable by credit card on exit at the pay machines on foot or on the way).
  • Eisenhower Bridge: $40 (cash only at the entrance).
  • West bridge: $25 (payable by credit card at the exit of the payment machines on foot or in line).

Tailgating is strictly prohibited in campus parking lots.

Standard parking rates ($1 per hour) will apply for the first two hours of parking at the East, HUB, Nittany and West Bridges on Saturday, after which event rates will take effect. Event parking in campus parking lots is permitted until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Visitor parking on weekends

Weekend event parking rates are in effect for overnight parking on home football game weekends beginning Thursday. Visitors wishing to park overnight should park at the East, HUB, Nittany or West Bridges. Overnight parking for visitors is prohibited in all other parking areas.

Standard parking rates ($1 per hour/$12 daily maximum charge) will apply for the first 24 hours of parking for those parking on Thursday and for the first 12 hours of parking for those parking on Friday , after which the following weekend rates will come into effect and must be paid at the exit of each establishment:

  • Arrival Thursday: $50.
  • Arrival Friday: $45.

Visitors arriving on Fridays can also park at the Eisenhower Bridge starting at 5 p.m. for $45, payable through ParkMobile (zone number 95110).

Parking for weekend events is permitted until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Game Day Parking Closures / Faculty, Staff & Student Parking Access

The following campus parking lots will close at midnight Friday night before Saturday’s home football game:

  • Suburban Grounds (Jordan East, Stadium West, Porter North)
  • South Carrier
  • Orange L (all sections)
  • Yellow H (all sections)
  • Yellow M
  • V yellow
  • Orange A OPP (east and west)
  • Orange A Katz
  • Orange B Softball
  • Orange H (all sections north of Hastings Road)
  • Orange O Park Ave.
  • Silver G
  • Silver J (all sections)

In addition to these areas, the eastern half of the Orange U lot located just east of USB I and II will also be reserved from midnight Friday evening.

All vehicles, including service vehicles, must be removed from these areas by midnight Friday evening. Access to these areas will reopen after outbound football traffic ends.

On Home Football Saturdays, faculty/staff parking permits are honored in all faculty/staff parking lots west of Bigler Road, and student parking permits are honored in all areas located west of Bigler Road which normally allow weekend student parking (see lots highlighted in yellow with the E/W symbol on the student parking interactive map).

For a more convenient exit from campus after the football game and to provide greater visitor capacity on the parking decks, faculty/staff and student permit holders are encouraged to use the surface parking areas instead of the parking decks. parking decks on football match days.

Email [email protected] or call 814-865-1436 for information about on-campus parking managed by Penn State Transportation Services.

Increased fines for parking violations on event weekends

Drivers are reminded that all vehicles must be parked in all rows of a legal, non-reserved parking space. Vehicles parked on roadways, ends of curb rows, etc. are ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense. All parking areas require either front parking or parking the vehicle so that the license plate faces the driveway. Please check the signage at the entrance to the lot for the requirements of each parking area. All space-specific signage, such as ADA, Service, and Reserved Spaces, remains in effect and is strictly enforced. Additionally, higher fines are in place for campus visitors parked in violation of University parking regulations during designated event weekends.

Traffic restrictions

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, one-way traffic patterns and traffic restrictions will come into effect on Park Avenue, Porter Road and other roads near Beaver Stadium. Those attending the game with a pre-paid football parking permit should follow the route assigned to their parking area and parking zone. Visit Penn State’s Game Day Parking and Traffic site for more information.

Access to the east parking bridge and Orange faculty and staff parking areas north of Services Road will only be available by traveling east on Park Avenue from Atherton Street. With the exception of permit holders attempting to access these areas, Park Avenue should only be used by football permit holders with West Zone parking (traveling east on Park from Atherton Street) and East Area (traveling west on Park from I-99/322). Traffic on Porter Road will be restricted only to football permit holders with parking in the South Zone.

Curtin Road will be closed between Bigler Road and Porter Road throughout the day.

Faculty, staff and students attempting to access central campus parking areas should do so by heading north on Shortlidge Road or Burrowes Road from College Avenue. Traffic on and near campus will be heavy and unnecessary vehicle travel will be discouraged. Drivers going to campus should allow extra time to reach their destination.

Transit service and adjustments

CATA’s Blue Loop, White Loop and Red Link services will operate on Home Football Saturdays, but with the following service adjustments:

Blue loop: From the bus stop at College Avenue and Allen Street, the blue loop will follow the normal route to Curtin Road where it turns right onto Bigler Road and right onto Pollock Road where it resumes its normal route.

White loop: From the bus stop at Beaver Avenue and Allen Street, the white loop will follow the normal route to University Drive where it will turn left onto Hastings Road, right onto Bigler Road and left onto Curtin Road where it will will resume its normal route.

West Campus Red Link to Innovation Park: The red link to Innovation Park will follow the normal route onto Curtin Road where it will turn right onto Bigler Road, left onto Hastings Road, right onto University Drive, right via the off ramp to College Avenue, right on College Avenue, left onto 322 West, right via off-ramp to Park Avenue where it will proceed to Mt. Nittany Medical Center and resume normal routing to Innovation Park.

Innovation Park Red Link to West Campus: The red link to West Campus will serve Innovation Park and run along 322 East to College Avenue, turn right onto College Avenue, right onto University Drive, left onto Hastings Road, right onto Bigler Road, left onto Curtin Road where it will resume the normal route at West Campus.

The CATA Downtown (DT) football shuttle has been suspended for the remainder of the season. Visit the CATA website for South Atherton Football Shuttle route, stops, hours of operation and fares.

Email [email protected] or call 814-238-CATA for more information about the CATA campus and community transportation service. Real-time bus information and arrival forecasts are also available through the myStop and Penn State Go apps.

Fullington Trailways will also operate football shuttles this season, with service from several local and Blair County locations.


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