Penn State Getting Scientific With Stadium Renovations

Penn State is using science to increase its chances of winning versus playing good football.  Most college fans know that Beaver Stadium in State College, PA, is one of the most intimidating venues to play in for opposing teams.  I believe it is the largest stadium in the country seating over 107,000 screaming lunatics.  It’s also one of the loudest places to play in because of the natural acoustics and drunk people.  Trust me I know, I’m a Buckeye, so each year the Scarlett and Grey has to play at PSU, I’m never too confident on them coming out victorious.

Andrew Barnard, a PSU PhD student, has been conducting sound studies at Beaver Stadium since 2007.  With his analysis, the University has decided to relocate a 20,000 seat student section to one of the end zones, because it has been proven that it’ll further amplify the crowd noise and effectively mess with opposing QB’s.

Through his findings of Beaver Stadiums natural, might I say borderline cheating acoustics, Penn State officials will implement this move in the fall of 2011.  They’re hoping to draw more penalties with the relocation, and cut down the opposing team’s Quarterback’s ability to project his voice a proposed 6 inches!  I guess it pays to have smart people working on your side.  Science is an amazing thing, and I’m further dumbfounded on how it’s used.  Once again, you have to love geeks!

Check out the video below to see Beaver Stadium’s sound pockets, which were studied during the PSU vs. Iowa game from 2009.  Pretty crazy shit, huh?  You have to love college football.  You’ve been Nittany Lioned, Roooaarr…


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