Gill Coliseum to Receive Major Overhaul During Summer Months

July 2, 2001

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Corvallis, Ore. - Major seating and numerous aesthetic improvements are on the docket for the coming months in Gill Coliseum for the 2001-2002 seasons. The improvements include enabling students to have additional courtside seating, providing VIP seating for boosters in the lower balcony, relocation of the team benches, and changing the press row configuration.

'Gill Coliseum has been frankly neglected during its lifetime, and it's time we begin addressing the state of the building,' Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart said. 'We have several phases we want to complete over the next three years to make this a home Oregon State fans, student-athletes, and staff can be proud of.'

The team benches will move from the north to the south sidelines, with OSU's bench being in the southeast corner. The move allows for opponents to be closer to their locker room for easier on and off the court access. Official press row is also now located on the south side. The band has been moved from the northeast corner to the southwest corner. The students will now occupy the entire length of the north sideline and part of the northwest end-zone.

'I hope the change of the student seating will facilitate the same kind of atmosphere our football team enjoys at Reser Stadium,' men's basketball Head Coach Ritchie McKay said. 'The students can be an intimidating force to opponents when seated on the floor as we have witnessed at other Pac-10 Conference venues.'

In addition to the structural changes, the floor has been refinished. The court now has a natural maple wood color with black borders (see The words 'Oregon State' are orange and reversed out of the black in the end-zone. The inside of the key area is orange, with 'Pac-10' reversed out in black. The Beaver logo occupies the center circle. 'Ralph Miller Court' appears on the floor in black lettering highlighted with orange.

'We have traveled to numerous venues over the years and developed some solid ideas from what we have seen,' Barnhart said. 'The changes we are making are a step in making this a true home court again, particularly for our basketball teams. We understand we have moved some of our loyal fans from their traditional seats, but the response has been very positive and in almost every case our displaced fans are in more ideal locations with amenities.'

Season ticket holders with questions regarding the new seating configuration may call the OSU ticket office at (541) 737-4455 or 1-800-GO-BEAVS

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