Despite NCAA sanctions that could have severely hurt attendance at many schools, the Penn State Nittany Lions continue to draw some of the largest crowds in all of college football. Beaver Stadium saw an average of 96,587 fans come through its gates during the 2013 football season. That number is down slightly from 2012, but still makes Beaver Stadium one of the top drawing venues in the nation.
Penn State has now ranked in the top five in football attendance for 23 straight seasons. Overall attendance for the Nittany Lions has gone down since the departure of former head coach Joe Paterno and the implementation of the sanctions, but a large number of Penn State supporters still attend games in Beaver Stadium, which holds over 107,000 at its capacity.
Attendance this past season was helped by a crowd of 107,884 who watched the Nittany Lions defeat the then undefeated Michigan Wolverines in four overtimes.
The Nittany Lions saw their total attendance for Big Ten home games increase by over 10,000 fans from 2012. Aside from the Michigan game, the largest attended Penn State home game in 2013 was the final one of the season. Penn State had 98,517 people attend the Senior Day battle against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
With the excitement now surrounding the program under new head coach James Franklin, attendance at Beaver Stadium should rise and continue to be among the best in the country.
Franklin has made no secret about the fact that he wants the stadium to be filled to the max for every game in 2014.