Beaver Stadium capacity: The 5 biggest crowds in Penn State football history

Beaver Stadium is the second-largest stadium in the country only behind Michigan Stadium, but just how many Nittany Lions fans have packed in to see Penn State play?
Penn State students cheer on the Nittany Lions
Penn State students cheer on the Nittany Lions / Dan Rainville / USA TODAY NETWORK
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2. No. 10 Penn State 15 vs. No. 3 Michigan 24

. 491. Attendance: 110,856. PSU Michigan 2023. No. 10. . No. 3. 485. November 11, 2023

Even after a loss to Ohio State a few weeks earlier, Penn State fans still packed Beaver Stadium to see the Nittany Lions host No. 3 Michigan with its CFP hopes on the line once again. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was suspended for the contest, but offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore coached the Wolverines to a 24-15 win without J.J. McCarthy throwing a single pass in the second half. 

The capacity+ crowd went home frustrated after James Franklin and Penn State blew another chance to elevate itself into the national championship conversation. The Nittany Lions were a clear third place in the Big Ten, lagging well behind Michigan and Ohio State, but after Michigan's undefeated national title run, the loss looks a bit more excusable. 

Drew Allar attempted 22 passes but only completed 10 for 70 yards and a touchdown. The offensive ineptitude on display in front of 110,856 fans at Beaver Stadium was enough for James Franklin to fire offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. Penn State finished the year 10-3 with a loss to Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl.