Welcome to Reser Stadium, home of Oregon State University football.
The stadium was renamed in June of 1999 honoring Al and Pat Reser, who made a long term seven figure gift to the athletic department. The Reser family includes 11 Oregon State University graduates.
The stadium opened in 1953 and was originally known as Parker Stadium, named after Portland businessman Charles T. Parker. Parker played a major financial role in the construction of the stadium, which was funded entirely by donations. The Parker name is now associated with the plaza located between Reser Stadium and Gill Coliseum. Parker Plaza is the site where most of the pregame activities are held.
Capacity of Reser Stadium was originally 28,000, but was raised to 33,000 after the 1965 Rose Bowl season, and another 9,000 seats were added in 1967. With the addition of the Valley Football Center, the seating capacity stood at 35,362.
In 2005 the stadium capacity was increased from approx. 35,362 to 43,300 with an $80 million complete remodel of the east side of the stadium. The old bleachers, atop a dirt berm, were removed and in its place was erected a double-deck grandstand complete with improved concessions and restrooms, a restaurant/club area, meeting rooms, club and loge seating, and 20 private suites. This was Phase 1 of a planned eventual complete rebuild of the stadium that in its final form will seat approx. 55,000 fans.
Phase 2 is expected to be ready in time for the 2007 season. It will consist of the bowling in of the south end zone, replacing existing bleachers. The new section will be an extension of the lower deck of the east side grandstand to wrap around to the southwest corner of the stadium. It is anticipated that in another 5-10 years Phase 3 will take place, in which the west grandstand (the press box side) will be removed and replaced with a double deck grandstand that mirrors the 2005 eastside expansion.
Should additional capacity be needed beyond Phase 3, the south endzone will be designed to support an upper deck which would completely "horseshoe" the stadium and bring total capacity to approx. 55,000 seats.
A new playing surface, AstroTurf 12/2000, and a new field lighting systemwas installed at Reser Stadium during the summer of 1999.
Reser Stadium Quick Facts
* Built: 1953
* First Game: November 14, 1953 vs. Washington State
* First Victory: November 14, 1953 vs. Washington State (7-0)
* First Touchdown: Chuck Brackett (OSU) 1-yard, vs. Washington State, Nov. 14,
* First Touchdown Passing: John Hermann from Douglas Bradley (UCLA), Oct. 23,
* First 100-yard rusher at Reser Stadium: Ralph Carr (107 yds) vs. Washington
State, Nov. 14, 1953.
* Biggest Crowd: 41,600 vs. Oregon, 1980
* Most Wins at Reser Stadium: 4 in 1955
Parker Stadium renamed Reser Stadium
Al and Pat Reser make a generous seven figure gift.
June 14, 1999
Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University is changing the name of its football stadium to Reser Stadium, OSU Director of Athletics, Mitch Barnhart, announced Monday.
The change comes as the result of the largest monetary donation ever made to the Beavers athletic program.
Al and Pat Reser of Beaverton have made a significant, personal seven-figure gift, as part of a long-term relationship with the Oregon State athletic department. As a result of the Resers generosity, Parker Stadium, home to Oregon State football teams since 1953, will have its name changed to Reser Stadium.
"Oregon State University is deeply indebted to Al and Pat Reser for this gift to our athletic program," said Barnhart. "Al and Pat have been loyal supporters of Oregon State athletics since their undergraduate days in Corvallis. It is with great pride that we honor their gift by naming our football stadium after the Reser family."
Barnhart said Oregon State will use the funds from the gift to provide athletic scholarships to current student-athletes, provide additional budget support for operational needs and also for athletic department facility improvements.
The Beavers football stadium will now carry the Reser family name. The Resers will also receive access to events, seating and travel opportunities with Beaver athletic teams.
"This wonderful gift from the Reser family continues the tremendous momentum generated by our athletic department," said OSU President Paul Risser. "The Resers and OSU have a long history together, and we anticipate a successful future as partners in building Oregon State athletics. Student-athletes will benefit from Al and Pats generosity for years to come."
Risser said he witnessed first-hand the excitement about OSU athletics during a recent series of caravans throughout the state.
"Everywhere we went, we were met with genuine enthusiasm - not only about the hiring of football coach Dennis Erickson - but about the success of our teams, the graduation rates of our student-athletes, and the strong leadership in the athletic department."
Al Reser is president and CEO of Resers Fine Foods, headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon.
The Resers have been avid supporters of Oregon State athletics since their undergraduate days. In addition to their staunch support of Beaver athletics, Al Reser has been an OSU Foundation Trustee since 1994 and is presently serving as an honorary trustee.
Giving a major gift to OSU is not something new to the Reser family. Al and Pat Reser have made several significant lifetime gifts to Oregon State University. Additionally, they have supported Beaver athletics through corporate involvement.
Al and Pat Reser are 1960 graduates of OSU and the majority of the family members are OSU graduates.
"Pat and I have always felt it is important to support OSU and the state of Oregon as they have played a significant role in our success," said Reser. "This was a big part of our decision to make this gift."
While the stadium name will change, the Parker name will still be a major part of the stadium complex. The plaza area between the stadium and Gill Coliseum, the area where OSUs Fan Fair was held during the 1998 football season, will now be called Parker Plaza in honor of the stadiums original benefactor.
Parker Stadium has been the home of Beaver football since 1953. Charles T. "Charlie" Parker spearheaded the fundraising effort as committee chair to raise the funds to build the original 28,000-seat stadium. Parker made a significant donation toward the construction of the original stadium, plus he made another donation in 1967, which was earmarked for increasing the seating capacity to 41,000.
OREGON STATE SEES STADIUM WORK NEARLY COMPLETE
April 13, 2006
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The first phase of an $80 million upgrade of Reser Stadium at Oregon State University is nearly
complete. The work increases the venue's capacity from 35,362 to 43,000.
The initial expansion includes a double-decked grandstand with 21,000 seats. Included are
15,000 chair-backed seats, a loge area with a game-day restaurant, a 25,000-square-foot club area, 3,600 club seats, 208 loge seats, 22 luxury suites, and expanded concession booths and restrooms.
Phase II includes an additional deck in the south end zone, which would complete the bowl and increase capacity to 47,000. Phase III would remake the west side of the stadium, with a new press box and more suites, and push capacity to 55,000. There is no timetable on the additional work, but athletic department officials say they hope to begin within three years.
OSU raised $33 million through private fund-raising for the project, and has a $60 million, state-issued 30-year bond. The loan will be paid off by Beaver Athletic Student Fund donations.
Other recent work at the school includes the $6.2 million Valley Football Center, which includes a weight room, meeting rooms and the coaches' offices, which was built in 1990 and expanded in 1996. The $12 million Truax Indoor Center, an 85,000-square-foot practice facility with FieldTurf, was completed in 2001.