Reser Stadium

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Reser Stadium
Former names Parker Stadium (1953–1998)
Location Oregon State University
2600 SW Western Blvd
Corvallis, Oregon
 United States
Coordinates 44°33′34″N 123°16′53″W / 44.55944°N 123.28139°W / 44.55944; -123.28139Coordinates: 44°33′34″N 123°16′53″W / 44.55944°N 123.28139°W / 44.55944; -123.28139
Owner Oregon State University
Operator Oregon State University
Capacity 45,674 (2007–present)[1]
43,300 (2005–2006)
35,362 (1990–2004)
40,593 (1967–1989)
33,000 (1965–1966)
28,000 (1958–1964)
25,000 (1953–1957)
Surface FieldTurf (2005–present)
AstroTurf (1969–2004)
Natural grass (1953–1968)
Broke ground September 1952
Opened October 24, 1953[5]
Renovated 2005, 2007
Expanded 1958, 1965, 1967, 2005
Construction cost $1 million
($8.81 million in 2014 dollars[2])
$80 million (2005 renovation)
Architect Moffatt, Nichol & Taylor[3]
HNTB (renovations)
General contractor Wall, Bertram and Sanford[4]
Oregon State Beavers (NCAA) (1953–present)

Reser Stadium is an outdoor athletic stadium in Corvallis, Oregon, United States on the campus of Oregon State University. It is the home of the Oregon State Beavers of the Pacific-12 Conference. Originally opened in 1953 as Parker Stadium, the stadium was renamed in 1999, and its current seating capacity is 45,674.[6] The FieldTurf playing field runs northwest to southeast, at an elevation of 240 feet (73 m)[citation needed] above sea level, with the press box above the grandstand on the southwest sideline.

History and use[edit]

From 1910 to 1953, the Beavers played their home games at Bell Field (now the site of the Dixon Recreation Center), and also played as many as four games a year at Multnomah Stadium (now Jeld-Wen Field) in Portland.[7]

In 1948, Oregon State president August L. Strand, athletic director Spec Keene, and Portland businessman Charles T. Parker met to plan a replacement for Bell Field. In 1949, Parker kicked off the stadium fundraising campaign and made significant contributions of his own.[7][8] In 1952, construction of the stadium began.

Architectural Rendering of the proposed Parker Stadium, 1950

For Parker's efforts and contributions, the stadium was named in his honor, and the first game was played on Homecoming, November 14, 1953, with the Beavers defeating Washington State 7-0.[7] The stadium was renovated in 1958, 1965, and 1967, reaching a capacity of approximately 40,500 seats, but the architect's full intent never came to fruition. In 1990, with the construction of the original Valley Football Center behind the northwest end zone, capacity was reduced to 35,362.

The stadium was renamed in 1999 to honor Al and Pat Reser, owners of Reser's Fine Foods. The couple both graduated from Oregon State in 1960 and are major donors to Beavers athletics and OSU,[6] though Al died at the age of 74 in 2010.[9] The Parker name is still honored at Parker Plaza, located between Reser and Gill Coliseum, the site of many pregame activities.

The stadium is located on the southwest corner of the Oregon State campus at the intersection of SW 26th Street and SW Western Boulevard in Corvallis. In addition to football, intramural and club sports also use the facility occasionally.

Reser Stadium alternates with Autzen Stadium at the University of Oregon in hosting the Civil War game. Since 1954, the games in even-numbered years have been played in Corvallis, odd-numbered in Eugene.

Expansion and upgrades[edit]

Through the 2004 season, the official capacity of the stadium stood at 35,362. In 2003 the Raising Reser campaign was initiated, which resulted in an increase of seating capacity to 43,300 for the 2005 season by way of constructing a new grandstand along the northeast sideline, with plans to eventually reach 55,000 seats through three phases of renovation.[6] "Phase Two" of the Raising Reser project was completed between the 2006 and 2007 football seasons; it enclosed the horseshoe in the southeast end zone with continuous seating in the corners. This addition raised total seating capacity to 45,674 and included the 80 x 30 ft. (24 x 9 m) ProStar Digital VideoPlus Display screen.[6]

During the planned Phase Three, the upper level will extend through the southwest grandstand.

Through the 1968 season, the stadium's playing surface was natural grass. AstroTurf was installed in 1969, and replaced roughly every decade. In 1999 the surface was replaced with AstroTurf 12/2000; infilled FieldTurf was installed in 2005. It is scheduled to be replaced again after the 2011 Football Season.[6]

The north end zone is also home to the Valley Football Center, which houses a large weight room, offices and meeting facilities, reserved primarily for coaches and administrators within the football program.

Attendance records[edit]

The renovated East Side entrance
1. #16 OSU vs. #5 Oregon (November 24, 2012) - 47,249[10]
2. #14 OSU vs. Washington State (October 6, 2012) - 46,579[11]
3. OSU vs. #1 Oregon (December 4, 2010) - 46,469[12]
4. #17 OSU vs. #19 Oregon (November 29, 2008) – 46,319[12]
5. #11 OSU vs. Arizona State (November 3, 2012) – 45,979[13]
6. #23 OSU vs. California (November 15, 2008) – 45,969[12]
7. #8 OSU vs. Utah(October 20, 2012) - 45,796[14]
8. OSU vs. Washington (November 10, 2007) – 45,629[12]
9. OSU vs. California (October 30, 2010) - 45,439[12]
10. OSU vs. Arizona State (October 2, 2010) – 45,409[12]

Non-Athletic Uses[edit]

Apart from use from the Athletic Department, Reser Stadium is occasionally also used for various non-athletic events, particularly events such as commencement, held every June. This has allowed the stadium to hold notable speakers such as astronaut John Glenn[15] and First Lady Michelle Obama.[16]


Reser Stadium in 2008
Panoramic Shot of Reser Stadium during a night game.
Newly renovated East Grandstand of Reser Stadium.


  1. ^ "Reser Stadium". Oregon State Athletics. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Oregon State University Archives: Facilities Services Records". Oregon State University. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ Carlson, Kip (November 12, 2003). "Happy Anniversary". Oregon State Sports Information. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Chronological history of Oregon State University: 1950 to 1959". Oregon State University. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Reser Stadium". Oregon State Athletics. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Edmonston, George. "Happy Birthday Parker (Reser) Stadium". Oregon State University Alumni Association. Retrieved October 31, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Parker Stadium Renamed Reser Stadium" (Press release). Oregon State Athletics. June 14, 1999. Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ Duin, Steve (April 13, 2010). "Al Reser Dies at 74". The Oregonian (Portland). Retrieved May 10, 2010. 
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  11. ^ Pac-12 Oregon Broadcast of game and
  12. ^ a b c d e f "2012 Oregon State Football Media Guide - Year-By-Year Results". Oregon State Athletics. p. 101. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
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  15. ^ "John Glenn on Board as OSU Commencement Speaker". Oregon State University News & Research Communications. March 2004. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  16. ^ Cooper, Jonathan (June 17, 2012). "Michelle Obama Speaks at Oregon State University Commencement". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 

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