Penn State football hosts Kent State in season opener

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STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 21: A general view of the stadium prior to the game between the Michigan Wolverines and Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

The Penn State football team opens its 130th campaign at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, hosting Kent State, in Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions own a 106-21-2 record all-time in season openers and will be opening the season at home for the first time since 2012, having started the last three seasons in MetLife Stadium (2013 vs. Syracuse), in Dublin, Ireland (2014 vs. UCF) and at Temple last year.

Penn State will provide security screening for all guests this season at entry gates using metal detection wands. With this security measure in place, all public gates, including the ADA and student gates, will open two hours prior to kickoff to provide ample time for all fans to pass through security.

Bathroom upgrades; new guests services booths outside Beaver Stadium

Some Beaver Stadium bathrooms have been updated with new lighting and stalls and a fresh coat of paint during the off-season.

Penn State has added two new guest services booths outside the stadium, in addition to locations inside the facility, to assist fans prior to and following the game. The first booth is located at the intersections of Park Avenue and University Drive, near the IM fields, and the second booth is at the intersections of Park Avenue and Porter Road near the Ag Arena and the Overnight RV lot.

Inside Beaver Stadium, guest services booths are located at Gates B, C, E and F on the field level.

There also is a guest services booth on the north concourse, two on the south concourse and one in the North upper deck.

Similar to previous years, the Penn State Customer Relations Service Center (1-800-NITTANY) will be open on game day from 8 a.m. until one hour after the game. For games that kickoff at noon, the staff will be available starting at 7 a.m. Fan assistance also is provided by the customer relations staff, by texting the word “Nittany” your issue and location to the phone number 69050, or by calling 1-800-NITTANY.

Fans reminded of bag policy

Backpacks, bags, and purses are not permitted in Beaver Stadium. One clear one-gallon plastic bag per person will be permitted for items required for medical and/or child care needs.

Savings for fans when buying single game parking In advance

Fans with single game tickets are encouraged to purchase car and RV parking in advance for by calling 1-800-NITTANY, weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at least 15 days prior to the game, or Friday at the Bryce Jordan Ticket Center. The advance rates are $15 (car) and $60 (RV), while the game day parking rates are $40 (car) and $120 (RV), cash only.

For parking maps, the bag policy and a complete list of items prohibited from entry into Beaver Stadium, fans should review the Beaver Stadium Parking and Information guide at: GoPSUsports.com/gameday.

Beaver Stadium parking lots open at 8 a.m.; Stadium Ticket Office opens at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday

Gameday parking lots will open this Saturday at 8 a.m. The Nittany Lions, led by Coach James Franklin, will arrive at the intersection of Curtin and Porter Roads at 1:10 p.m. to walk to Beaver Stadium’s south tunnel through an aisle of fans and family. Members of the Penn State Blue Band, cheerleaders and the Lionettes will help welcome the team in a pep rally along Curtin Road starting at 12:30 p.m.

The stadium public, student and ADA gates will open at 1:30 p.m. The Beaver Stadium ticket office, located near Gate E, will open at 11:30 a.m. Penn State students from all campuses can buy one or two tickets for $40 apiece, with a valid ID, at the Bryce Jordan Ticket Center (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) or at the stadium box office on Saturday (see below for more information on special student offer).

Season, partial season and single game tickets for this year are on sale, with more than 5,500 new season tickets having been sold. To purchase tickets or for information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing new 2016 season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can visit PSUnrivaled.com, call 1-800-NITTANY or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office weekdays from 10 a.m-6 p.m. Pre-paid single game parking passes for the game day parking lots are also available at www.GoPSUsports.com/tickets.

The Penn State-Kent State game will air on BTN, the Penn State Sports Network (2 p.m. airtime) and GoPSUsports.com.

Source: Penn State news release