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New Nittany Lion logos being added to Beaver Stadium

Updated: Thursday, May 15 2014, 06:48 PM EDT

Reported By: Gary Sinderson
Written By: Marc Stempka

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Changes are underway at the home of Penn State University football, and one of the first things people will notice before heading inside the stadium, will be new logos on the outside in fact – people will be able to see the changes from miles away.

Penn State is taking the summer to upgrade Beaver Stadium scoreboards with a number of fan-friendly improvements. One of the newest changes will be seen from the outside, and that is what workers were doing around the stadium Thursday.

Outside of the stadium’s north end zone, which faces Park Avenue, crews hoisted a 40 foot by 28 foot Nittany Lion logo.

Crews were keeping an eye to the sky to finish the work before the rain started, but they were able to have it in place fairly quickly. Paul Ruskin, of the PSU Office of Physical Plant, said the signs are energy efficient.

"It has 1,400 LEDs, that's light emitting diodes, and they only draw 330 watts of power," Ruskin said. "As big as the sign is, it's only using the amount of electricity that's used by 300 watt incandescent bulbs. It really shows the efficacy of the new technology is absolutely wonderful."

Penn State will add another logo to the south end zone later this summer. Ruskin said the logos will be illuminated every night.

"We expect it'll be seen from miles around," Ruskin said. "If there is still Nittany lion on Mount Nittany, he'll be able to see the sign from the mountain."

The logos are part of a $10 million scoreboard upgrades that will also include full screen high definition panels, a new sound system and closed captioning boards.

Officials said the upgrades are the first major ones to the scoreboards since they were installed more than 10 years ago, when Beaver Stadium’s seating capacity was pushed to more than 100,000.

New Nittany Lion logos being added to Beaver Stadium

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