On Friday morning January 7, the aging west grandstand of Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium in Corvallis came down in a dramatic implosion. From our home offices, Mayer/Reed and countless others watched the event safely via live-streamed video, as the 3.5 second planned implosion made way for $153 million improvements. The demolition of the 1967 grandstand marks a pivotal moment in the project, the final phase of stadium upgrades which began two decades ago.
“Completing Reser Stadium” is a design-build project led by Hoffman Construction, Populous and SRG Partnership that will modernize the facility and provide a first-class fan experience with expanded amenities and open circulation. A welcome center for prospective students and their families and a student wellness and urgent care clinic complete the multi-use program.
Mayer/Reed’s site planning establishes a new arrival sequence, pedestrian promenade and a west side entry plaza to support year-round activity. The design will enhance the arrival experience as fans gather and enter the stadium. The firm’s signage design completes the identity and wayfinding program from previous updates through this final phase of improvements.
This project is the culmination of Mayer/Reed’s 20 years of collaboration on the stadium upgrades which began with the feasibility master plan followed by three prior phases of modernization. The firm’s additional work in the OSU athletic district includes the Sports Performance Center, a parking garage and the Beth Ray Center for Academic Support.
The completed Reser Stadium Westside is expected to open by fall 2023. Go Beavs!
Image 1: Still from OSU video, Image 2: Rendering of Reser West Side