Joe Paterno Beaver Stadium Rename

March 16, 2012 by staff 

Joe Paterno Beaver Stadium Rename, The numbers crunchers at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., are turning their attention to Pennsylvania and Joe Paterno.

A poll released Friday by the school shows that 46% of nearly 1,300 registered Pennsylvania voters favor renaming Beaver Stadium for the late football coach, who died in January less than three months after being fired.

The survey also finds that 40% are opposed to changing the facility’s name, according to the Associated Press. 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.

Since 1893, the Nittany Lions have played football at three locations named either Beaver Field or Beaver Stadium named for James Beaver, a Pennsylvania governor in the late 19th century and a school trustee.

A movement has percolated for several years to rename the stadium for Paterno, who began his State College tenure as an assistant coach in 1950 and became head coach 16 years later. 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.

Quinnipiac pollsters surveyed voters over six days this month. The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

Paterno’s departure as Lions football coach was controversial and followed accusations that his former defensive chief, Jerry Sandusky, had sexually assaulted children. Sandusky, who is scheduled for trial this year, has denied the allegations.

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One Response to “Joe Paterno Beaver Stadium Rename”

  1. williered on March 17th, 2012 12:07 am

    It really doesn’t matter……much to do about nothing.