With all due respect to Pitt and West Virginia, few teams in the country can match the football atmosphere on a Saturday in State College, PA. A new panel, comprised of former and current coaches and media members, has placed Beaver Stadium as the number three "Saturday Shrine" behind Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium and Notre Dame Stadium.
The panel weighed each of the nation's stadiums by the facility itself, the fans and atmosphere, the city and surroundings, traditions and history.â†µ
Beaver Stadium's capacity of 107,282 is the nation's second-largest and Penn State fans have kept the Nittany Lions among the Top 4 in NCAA home attendance every year since 1991. Penn State has finished No. 2 in the nation in attendance each of the past four years and eight times overall since 1991.â†µ
Hopefully the on-field product improves in short order. The Nittany Lions are off this weekend, licking their wounds following a devastating home loss to Illinois last weekend. They travel to Minnesota's new TCF Bank Stadium in one week, where Evan Royster will look to break the school's all-time rushing record (he's currently 93 yards shy).