Feasibility study to determine possible Reser Stadium upgrades

Feasibility study to determine possible Reser Stadium upgrades »Play Video

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State could soon be joining the rest of the Pac-12 in the recent building boom.

In his latest Orange Perspective, athletic director Bob De Carolis announced the university will be conducting a year long feasibility study about possible upgrades to Reser Stadium.

Remodeling the west side, also known as the old side, is the overriding purpose of the study, according to De Carolis.

He also stated the preliminary concept is to design something similar to the east side, which underwent an $80 million construction project ten years ago.

"When we expanded our stadium, we had to spend a lot of money, but we're actually making a lot of money now," said Mike Riley. "That's usually what has to happen. You have to spend a little bit of money to make more money. That's probably been a real good thing, but it's truly an arms race."

Undoubtedly a more complete Reser Stadium will help improve recruiting efforts.

"You look at Oregon, they have some of the top facilities in the country," said Jordan Poyer. "They probably get a lot of good recruits just based off that."

"It's just flashy," said Malcolm Agnew. "The people down the street, they got a lot of flash, and they get a lot of good recruits. So it definitely works.

"To me it wasn't really that important. I wanted to go to a school that had tradition and made me feel like I was at home, where I got my gut feeling."

Coming out of high school, quarterback Sean Mannion was a four star recruit with his choice of college offers. He said his decision ultimately came down to coaching and the relationships he would make. But he also admitted facilities do play a part.

"Remodeling the old side of the stadium would be pretty sweet," said Mannion. "I'm sure that would be a huge project. We have so many resources, we really get spoiled with playing college football. Really its for the fans, more than anything."

Other elements stated in the perspective are possible expansions to the Valley Football Center and the north side of the stadium, which could allow players to run out onto the field on game day through the north end zone. 

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