Oregon State Athletics
- As part of a massive stadium upgrade, Oregon State blew up its football stadium on Friday.
- The Beavers let their head coach do the honors and it was awesome.
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Oregon State football is in the middle of a $153 million upgrade project for its stadium. The team hosted an implosion of the west side of Reser Stadium on Friday morning and it was awesome.
When renovations are complete, the west side of the stadium will feature premium and general seating options that the school says “will provide the closest proximity to the playing field of any college football stadium in the country.” It will also include a 360-degree stadium concourse, expanded concessions and restrooms and other fan amenities.
However, to get to that point, the school has to start from the ground-up, literally.
“The implosion of the westside stadium is all about safety for project contractors and community members,” Oregon State vice president for university relations and marketing Steve Clark said in a statement.
The project is expected to be finished before the start of the 2023 football season and it is being funded by more than $90 million in donations and by revenues from football-related activities. Things got underway on Friday morning when the school blew up the stadium.
The entire thing was live streamed and it was worth the (free) price of admission. After a lot of hype, the implosion was finally ready to go.
On the other end of the button, literally, was head coach Jonathan Smith. The Beavers literally let their head coach blow up the stadium.
Take a look, and start at the 51:55-mark:
While some explosions are very anti-climactic, Oregon State’s was not. From the man yelling the countdown, to the rubble on the ground, it was an exhilarating 3.5 seconds.