Oregon State is building something special up there in Corvallis. Yes, the head coach of the Beavers, Jonathan Smith, took on an extremely difficult rebuilding job at Oregon State a few years back.
He left Chris Peterson’s staff at Washington to be the head coach at his alma mater. It was always going to be a difficult journey for the Beavers. Especially when considering the dominance of their in-state rivals—the Oregon Ducks. Still, there is a lot of optimism in that Beaver program. This year they finished third in the PAC-12 North and qualified for another bowl game.
Now, with the offseason fully underway in Oregon, the head coach has a bit more time on his hands. To the surprise of some folks, he spent part of that time blowing up the Beavers’ stadium this week.
This cool, surreal moment happened because the stadium is going through some renovations. The total cost of said renovations to the stadium is a $153 million project upgrade. The construction on the west side, where the explosion took place, will continue over several months. It will also continue through the 2022 college football season. Even with the ongoing construction of the facilities around the field, the Beavers will be able to continue playing home football games there.
Oregon State on The Rise
The $153 upgrade is a big deal for Oregon State. It follows an impressive rebuild by head coach Jonathan Smith. At one point this season, the Beavers sat atop the PAC-12 North and were in a position to potentially play the Oregon Ducks in the season finale with the PAC-12 North on the line. This included a four-game win streak for the Beavers early on in the season.
Oregon State AD Scott Barnes commented on the new additions to the stadium. He said on their official website, “By completing Reser now we ensure the long-term financial sustainability for the OSU Athletics Department and all student-athletes.” He continued, “Increased revenue will provide financial stability throughout OSU Athletics where 70% of the revenues required to operate 17 women and men’s varsity sports are generated from football and Reser Stadium activities.”
This is a big move for the university, as Barnes alluded to. However, the head coach Jonathan Smith also added, “This is a game changer for our football program.” This is the kind of big-time move the Beavers have to invest in to continue to keep pace with the rest of the conference. Smith concluded, “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.”
Oregon State finished the 2021 season 7-6.