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WATCH: Oregon State implodes west side of Reser Stadium as part of renovation project

Jan 7, 2022
Photo courtesy Oregon State

Out with the old, in with the new.

Oregon State imploded the west side of Reser Stadium on Friday, paving the way for a larger grandstand, student welcome center and wellness clinic to be built in its place.

The fuse was set by none other than OSU head football coach (and former OSU quarterback) Jonathan Smith, who has revitalized the program in his four seasons at the helm. The Beavers reached a bowl game in 2021, their first postseason appearance since 2013.

OSU promises the renovations will transform Reser Stadium, which opened in 1953, into "a national best-in-class football facility with year-round programs and facilities for all OSU students, faculty and staff."

The project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2023, just in time for the 2023 season.

"This is a game changer for our football program," Smith said in a statement. "We want to show our recruits that Reser Stadium is intertwined within our community and campus every day of the year. As we bring families and recruits to campus, they will see the construction of the stadium and see the momentum of this program."

Here's a rendering of what Reser Stadium is expected to look like in 2023, courtesy of OSU: