Renaming PSU Stadium After Paterno Favored In Pennsylvania

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A new poll released Friday shows Pennsylvania’s registered voters favor renaming Penn State’s football stadium in honor of longtime coach Joe Paterno, who died in January.

The Quinnipiac University survey found that 46 percent of those polled thought the school should rename Beaver Stadium, while 40 percent were opposed.

The idea was more strongly backed by those who described themselves as “very or somewhat interested” in college football, and by those over age 65.

Beaver Stadium is named for James Beaver, a Pennsylvania governor of the late 19th century who served on the school’s board of trustees.

Pollsters surveyed nearly 1,300 registered voters over six days earlier this month. The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

A movement has percolated for several years to rename the stadium for Paterno, who coached at the school for some six decades. Supporters have also suggested renaming the street leading to Beaver Stadium for him.

The Paterno family name already adorns the library and a spiritual life center on campus. The university has said it is working on plans to memorialize Paterno, who was a living symbol of Penn State before his death from lung cancer.

Paterno was fired by the board of trustees in November, following the arrest of his former longtime lieutenant, Jerry Sandusky, on child sexual abuse charges.

Paterno was not charged with any crime, and prosecutors said he was not considered a target, but he expressed regret about his own handling of the matter and trustees have attributed his dismissal to poor leadership after he was told by a graduate assistant of an alleged case of molestation.

Sandusky, 68, awaits trial in May on 52 charges that he abused 10 boys over 15 years. He remains confined to his home while he awaits trial, and has denied the allegations.

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  • Fill Beagle

    Naming the stadium Sandusky might just be the messaging needed to remind people: If you see something, say something. Don’t stick your head in the sand.

  • Dan Rakow

    I am 110% in Favor of Penn State to rename it’s Football Stadium to keep Joe Paterno’s memory alive.

    • Cameltoe Rancher

      I agree. Name the Stadium: “HUH?-I Didn’t See Nuttin’ Field”

  • William P.

    The stadium shall remain whatever it is currently called. Thak You

  • William P.

    PSU folks need to come to grips that had this awefull situation happend anywhere else, or at any other University, anywhere in the USA, or anywhere in the World for that matter, many of their out of control fans whom really believe Paterno was a Saint, would be calling for that other schools head on a sillver platter. These people know who they are as well. When my USC Trojans were in trouble with the NCAA , the nastiness I’ve come to expect from Westwood Ca.,seemed just as worse from the Penn State Community’s PSU, and from others I know personally, Disgusting that these people and after all which has happend on thier campus, and their Coaching staff allowing a Rapist Prey on young Innocent boys at the time, that they have the audacity and are this serious about naming any venue after someone whom allowed these awefull acts to happen and re-occur, is simply appauling.

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