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Ready for the return of Beaver Stadium crowds? We are!

Perhaps the biggest sign yet we are finally emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic is the recent news that all Penn State University sporting facilities — including Beaver Stadium, Bryce Jordan Center and Rec Hall — will operate at full capacity this year.

As happy as we were to see the Big Ten Conference — of which Penn State is a member — reverse its initial decision to cancel the football season last year, it just didn’t feel the same because that cavernous old stadium wasn’t overflowing with people clad in white shirts, shaking pom-poms, making deafening noise and generally providing what ESPN’s lead analyst Kirk Herbstreit (a former Ohio State Buckeye, mind you) calls “the best environment in college football.”

But this year you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone more excited than us that everything we love about Penn State football — the pagentry, the tailgating, the noise — is returning in 2021.

And it doesn’t just apply to football games. Last year the BJC played host to events without crowds, as did Rec Hall, as did every other sporting venue on campus. This year, the roar really will be restored.

That government officials who have long felt compelled to tell us how to live our lives amid the pandemic feel confident enough to give their blessing for 106,000 people to safely gather again should tell you all you need to know about Pennsylvania’s resilency and ability to bounce back from one of the darkest chapters in recent history.

So join us in counting down the days — 93 to be exact — until Sept. 11 when the Nittany Lions play their first home game of the year.

Are you ready for the return of that huge Beaver Stadium crowd? We are!

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