First impression, not sure that it will remain as loud. Have they done any acoustical modeling to make sure we don't lose the intimidation factor of 100,000+ filling the stadium with noise?
Second impression, it looks like it will cut down the NW wind with the cutouts filled in.
I am hardly an expert, but if they build something like those renderings, It will be just as loud, if not louder. It looks taller, and more filled it. Similar to Ohio Stadium, which is quite raucous.
Senior Editor - Roar Lions Roar
My kingdom for a Z key
Texas A&M's renovation was in...you guessed it...Texas!
This is Central PA, it won't be that easy to avoid disturbing the football season.
I'm trying to like it. Not there yet.
Would love to hear what you don't like.
Not commenting about the actual improved facilities, just the visual aesthetics. To be honest, I don't like that aerial view. It looks like what it is -- a rectangular facade built around a bowl-shaped stadium. In reality, I will probably be okay with the view from the ground when I go to the games.
With all that said, renovations are desperately needed and I applaud them.
Looks real nice
2 big issues
1. no canopy. I am convinced the way to get a place louder in the full seated era is to have a soccer style canopy. Otherwise the sound just drifts away.
2nd issue is related to the first. Because they do not have a canopy and therefor no way to install a Jerry Tron, like what they did in Dalles, you end up putting the other jumbo tron in the middle of the north stands. Because of this, the furthest seats in the north side are about 10 rows higher than the already far seats of the south side.
So a simple solution is to rebuild the north side to exactly Match the south side and leave open the corners where the lights currently are. Use the light post to locate support legs for a free standing canopy that can also support a jerry tron.
If you are worried about the grass the stadium as rendered would almost certainly kill the grass as most of the field would be in permanent shade from november on. Those stands are twice as high as the press box.
As far as a canopy/full roof goes, that adds an insane amount of money to the project, because of the steel required to cantilever it appropriately.
Rebuilding the south to match the north is also quite an additional expense, since they are intending to keep the club level and upper deck level that was added in 2001. I think the current setup with 2 large video boards at each end is plenty. Just my opinion on that though.
Meant north to match the south. Basically new seat backs in the upper levels but benches in the lower bowl.
Dolphins did a canopy retrofit privately after city rejected funding. The key is freestanding 4 sided box structure. Can buy materials off the rack. Though dolphins put jumbo trons on the corners which worked well.
The Dolphins also didn't essentially rebuild 80% of their stadium as PSU would be doing here.
It's an interesting question, but not sure it should be a priority for Penn State to have a roof or TV's the size of Jerryworld.
They practically do have Jumbo trons the size of jerry world already. My issue is putting one inside the stadium proper just lifts the seats behind it into the sky. Why most NFL stadiums don't have upper decks in the end zones. That new north side would be an awful place to watch a game. And expensive too.
Most of these new stadium projects look so corporate and bland. This one included. I almost prefer the current erector-set stadium.
Interior and seating looks great. That's the important part.
Hope they solve the issues with getting into the stadium.
"Much of the Garden State is Penn State territory" —The New York Times