CORVALLIS, Oregon. – Part of the Reser stadium collapsed on Friday as part of a controlled demolition.
Oregon State University is renovating the 69-year-old stadium and had to tear down the Southwest Stand to make way for its much larger replacement.
School officials set up cameras around the stadium and captured the demolition from multiple angles. A series of explosions on the stand’s support beams sent the structure crashing into the empty parking lot.
Oregon State had part of its football stadium demolished on Friday, making way for its stadium renovation project. (Credit: Oregon State University via Storyful)
Steve Hatch, who works for Dykon Demolition, said the demolition worked exactly as it was designed,
“It was designed to fall in that direction, in the parking lot, and it happened exactly the way we wanted it to,” Hatch said.
The renovation of the stadium is expected to be completed before the 2023 football season. When it opens to the public, it will be equipped with a student center and a wellness center.
The university said the project will transform “Reser Stadium into a premier national football facility with year-round programs and facilities for all OSU students, faculty and staff.”
This story was reported from Atlanta.