Reser Stadium, Oregon State University

Reser Stadium is the home of the Oregon State University (OSU) Beavers football team. It is also the center of the OSU sports complex and a convenient meeting place to explore campus.

Activities

Reser Stadium sits on the southern edge of the OSU campus. While not centrally located it is close to several sights off the beaten track on campus.

  • Beaver Store
    • The Beaver Store is located across the road from Reser’s main entrance. It offers Beaver Merchandise, food, and a variety of goods to OSU students.
  • OSU Sports Fields & Recreation Center
    • Past the Beaver Store and over the train tacks is the OSU Sports Fields and Recreation Center. This area offers plenty of people watching as people play on the fields and use the running track. The Recreation Center also has a cafe that is open to the public.
  • Veterinary School
    • On the other side of Reser’s parking lot is OSU’s veterinary school. It is fun to visit as the fields next to it often have horses, cows and other animals the school is using in its teaching activities.

History

Originally called Parker Stadium, Reser Stadium opened in 1953. It was originally named for Charles Parker, who served as the head of the fundraising campaign. It was renamed Reser Stadium in 1999 to honor Al and Pat Reser who had made major donations to the Beaver football program.

The stadium has gone through several renovations over its history. This has included adding roofs to the grandstands and the construction of a football center as part of the stadium. Most recently the western grandstand was imploded to make way for a new grandstand that will be completed in 2023.

Reser Stadium is also used for a variety of non-athletic events. During the COVID pandemic it served as a testing and vaccination site. In this sketch you can see the sign for TRACE, which was OSU’s community COVID testing program in Corvallis.

Design

Reser Stadium has an industrial look to due to its exposed scaffolding and plain concrete. The eastern grandstand and the proposed western grandstand do bring in some neomodern elements with their use of brick for decoration and geometric forms.

These are nice touches that give the grandstands more character. You cannot see them in this sketch, but the massive brick columns on the stadium’s eastern side provide a distinctive landmark visible across campus. They also serve as a visual queue on where to enter the stadium.

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