Raising Reser Drive Reaches Nine Million Dollar Mark
June 17, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State's Raising Reser project has reached the $9 million mark in donations and pledges. Beaver Nation is expanding and OSU is on track to reach the goal of $28 million for this $80 million project, according to Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis.
'This campaign is imperative for us to remain competitive with other Division I schools by increasing our seating capacity and adding amenities for our loyal fans,' De Carolis said.
The first phase of this project will take the seating capacity from 35,362 to 43,000. The time line calls for construction to start in the summer of 2004 and be finished prior to the 2005 season. The additional two phases will create an eventual seating capacity of 55,000 seats.
The architectural firm, HNTB, has completed 85 percent of the schematic design for the Raising Reser project. In addition, the new $600 and $350 uncovered lower seat levels are sold out. Over half of the 22 new East Side suites have been sold, as well as all tickets on the West Side and end zone for the 2005 season.
The new East Side (home side) promises to make Reser Sadium one of the best in the Pac-10 and the nation.
The East Side will consist of suites, loges and club seating. With this project being done in phases, it should be known that when a West Side (visitor's side) renovation takes place, loge or club seating and many of the amenities on the new East Side will not be included. Thus, those individuals hoping for club or loge seats on the West Side should consider the move to the East Side now for 2005.
As stated earlier, the design phase of the project is in full gear and a final design is not far away. HNTB has conducted several focus groups soliciting thoughts and ideas pertaining to the suites, club seating, and loges. Many great ideas came from those meetings. The architecture will reflect the richness and beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The new East Side will consist of expanded roof coverage and two levels with an upper deck providing an additional covered area for the lower deck. All seats will have chair backs. The plans have two concourses with restrooms, concessions and food courts.
A major change from the original design has the $1,200 club level seats becoming a $300 donor level. The changes were made because of the design challenges in this section, which results in this section no longer having access to the club level. An athletic department representative will contact those individuals who have committed to this area.
Other changes in the East Side design have resulted in all $600 donor level uncovered seats and $1,700 donor level covered seats being located between the 30-yard lines. The $350 uncovered seats and the $1,200 covered lower level seats will be located between the 30-yard line and goal line. The $250 uncovered seats and the $600 covered lower levels will be located from the goal line through the end zone.
The Club Level is emerging as one of the shining examples of the project's caliber. The Club Level will feature 3,500 new club seats on the East Side. These seats will have an exclusive lounge providing the ultimate game day experience by placing fans on top of the action.
In a spacious area, with over 20,000 square feet, fans will have the opportunity to enjoy upscale dining and beverage service. Patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy live pregame entertainment. The Club Level will afford fans an opportunity to enjoy the ultimate tailgate experience with various games, such as pool and video games. In the expansive club lounge, the multiple big screen televisions will allow fans to get the latest scores and highlights and celebrate with other Beaver fans in the comfort of a climate-controlled area.
A private stadium entrance with elevator service and preferred parking is another benefit of the Club Level amenities.
Oregon State is heading into the 2003 season ranked as high as 16th on one preseason poll. The Beavers have several exciting players returning for the 2003 season, led by tailback Steven Jackson, already a preseason All-America pick and an early Heisman Trophy candidate.
The team also returns All-Pac-10 performers James Newson at wide receiver and Richard Seigler at middle linebacker. Jackson and Newson have also been picked as preseason All-Americans.Jackson, Newson and junior quarterback Derek Anderson all shattered Oregon State records in 2002. Jackson rushed for a school-record 1,690 yards, Newson caught 74 passes for an OSU-record 1,284 yards, and Anderson passed for a record 3,313 yards and 25 touchdowns.All told, the Beavers return 10 offensive starters, six defensive starters and both kickers for the 2003 season.
There is still an opportunity for fans to secure seats in Resser Stadium for the 2003 season. A limited number of season tickets and family plans remain for the upcoming season. For more information call 1-800-GO-BEAVS. Single game tickets will be available for purchase online at OSUBEAVERS.COM starting July 8, and over the phone on July 15.
The Beavers will open the 2003 season at Reser Stadium on Thursday, August 28 against Sacramento State.
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