Athletics Department Spotlight: Penn State Nittany Lions

Student projects work to reduce wait time at concession stands and restrooms at Penn State's Beaver Stadium.

Fans could soon see shorter lines at Penn State home football games, thanks to some innovative thinking from Penn State engineering students.

Penn State’s Service Enterprise Engineering initiative (SEE 360) and Beaver Stadium have worked together for more than a year, leading to two capstone projects that occurred this past fall semester. One project, sponsored by Penn State Athletics, focused on optimizing the efficiency of the concession stands and the other project, sponsored by SEE 360, focused on finding solutions for women’s restroom lines.

Penn State’s Beaver Stadium

Cory Chapman, associate athletic director for facility and event operations, believes the athletic department’s collaborations with students in the Learning Factory has been “fantastic” and is excited to implement improvements based off their research.

“It’s been a great partnership,” said Chapman. “We continually look for ways to improve the fan experience at all of our venues. There’s already a lot of positive things happening, but these students have looked into ways that we can tweak or enhance the experience for our fans.”

The collaborations with Beaver Stadium continue to be a mutually beneficial experience. The efficiency of the women’s bathrooms remains an ongoing project for engineering students, and in the coming semesters, students will begin to research ways to make the entrance lines at each gate more efficient.

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