Oregon State implodes west side of Reser Stadium for renovation project

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The home-field advantage will be lessened by about 25% for Oregon State in 2022 after the school imploded the west side of Reser Stadium Friday to begin a reconstruction project.

The Beaves have seven home games scheduled in 2022 and will have a capacity of about 26,000 while the renovation takes place.

The imploding took place after explosives were set and nearby homes were temporarily evacuated.

Per the Gazette-Times:

Structures within 500 feet of the stadium’s west side were unoccupied, while occupants of buildings within 1,000 feet of the stadium were asked to remain indoors and away from windows and patios.

“Great day to be a Beaver for sure,” said Scott Barnes, OSU vice president and director of athletics, who pressed one of the two detonation buttons. “And a seminal moment for our university and for our athletics.”

BRIAN HAYES / STATESMAN JOURNAL