OSU Personnel will Begin Accepting Deposits for Seats in the Expanded Reser Stadium Saturday

Oct. 3, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. - For fans that have been shutout of Oregon State University football games the past two seasons, the university's announcement that it will expand Reser Stadium by 8,000 seats is a renewed opportunity to purchase season tickets.

OSU has halted season ticket sales at 23,000 the past two seasons, leaving some fans left outside the stadium at kickoff.

'We've had a waiting list for season tickets the past two years,' OSU Athletic Director Bob De Carolis said. 'Now everyone will have an opportunity to purchase good seats for future games.'

Beginning with Saturday's game against UCLA, the university will take $100 non-refundable deposits that will go toward future ticket purchases. Deposits will be accepted at the rest of this year's home and away football games.

'Fans (non-season ticket holders) can sign up at any one of the three locations around the stadium that are currently selling basketball tickets,' De Carolis said. 'They can also call 1-800-GOBEAVS starting two hours before each game, home or away, and continuing through the game until one hour after each contest to place a seat deposit.'

De Carolis said representatives at both the stadium and on the phone will be taking each customer's name, address, phone number, and e-mail information. Upon giving their personal contact information and credit card information, fans will receive a priority number on the spot. In November, they will be sent the same information that all season ticket holders will receive and they will be contacted in priority order by an OSU sales representative to personalize their order for the project.

The university also announced that fans currently sitting in the eastern grandstand will have first priority for purchasing tickets for the 2005 season in the new eastern structure. Other current season ticket holders will have the second priority for eastern grandstand seating in 2005 followed by new customers.

'Our goal is to reward the fans who have supported us in the past,' De Carolis said.

The east side expansion will include 200 high-end amenity seats and a covered second deck with 3,600 club seats. All of these will be seat backs. There will be 30,000-square feet of reception space under the club seats with upscale food and beverage areas, improved accessibility, and restrooms. East side seats will include private entrances with elevators and escalators covered by a canopy system. There will also be 20 new luxury suites.

Seats in the new east side grandstand will require a $300 per seat stadium investment fee along with the appropriate Beaver Athletic Student Fund donation. De Carolis said an 18-month payment plan is available through the OSU Foundation.

A series of regional meetings will be held throughout the state beginning in November to provide more details about the stadium expansion and how fans can purchase tickets for the 2005 football season. Information is also available on the Web at

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