Watch: Crew implodes part of Oregon State football stadium

CORVALLIS, OR – SEPTEMBER 09: A general view of the stadium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

On Friday morning, Oregon State football began its $153 million renovation of Reser Stadium in explosive fashion.

The Beavers plan to make major improvements to the stadium, especially on the west side of Reser. These upgrades will include better premium and higher quality seating options.

“Once the renovations are complete, the west side of Reser Stadium will contain premium and general seating options that the school says will “provide the closest proximity to the playing field of any college football stadium. of the country”, writes Pete Martini of the Statesman Journal.

Oregon State took the first step in stadium renovations on Friday by imploding the entire west side of Reser.

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Oregon State Vice President for University Relations and Marketing Steve Clark offered more insight into the Westside Stadium implosion.

“The decision to implode Westside Stadium is a matter of safety,” Clark said, via KOMO News.

“Instead of using a traditional demolition process to dismantle such a large structure and such a tall roof canopy, the implosion of the stadium by a licensed contractor will contribute to the safety of the community, workers and public of the OSU during demolition.As the implosion occurs, a series of explosive-like sounds will occur for approximately two seconds.Following these popping noises, the stadium structure will drop vertically safely to the parking lot level around the stadium.

Oregon State has a lot of work to do to complete stadium renovations before the Beavers’ 2022 season opener against Boise State on Sept. 3.

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