About Reser Stadium
Located less than a hundred miles south of Portland on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, Reser Stadium is a 43,000-seat capacity open-air athletic stadium that’s been the best place to catch OSU football since the 1950s.
History of Reser Stadium
Construction began on Reser Stadium, then known as Parker Stadium in honor of Charles T. Parker, an alum that successfully raised most of the money needed for the venue, in 1952. It opened its doors for the first time just one year later with a capacity of 28,000. This open-air venue would almost double its original seating over the decades, thanks to regular renovations and updating. The latest rounds of renovations, occurring in 2005, thoroughly modernized the stadium, also adding a new auditorium, coaches offices, team room, locker room, rehab facilities, and a hall of fame.
In 1999, the stadium was renamed Reser Stadium in honor of Al and Pat Reser, the couple who own Reser’s Fine Foods, graduates of OSU themselves, and philanthropists who have donated heavily to the school’s athletic departments. The plaza outside the stadium, a regular site for pregame activities, retained its name as Parker Plaza.
What Makes Reser Stadium Events So Special?
Reser Stadium isn’t the biggest college football stadium out there. It’s not the oldest with the most history, and it’s not the newest with the most cutting-edge amenities. What it does have, though, is character and attitude. Newly renovated grandstands provide great comfort, the relatively low capacity provides some real intimacy with fans and players alike, and it’s just a great, solid little venue no matter what you’re there for.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Reser Stadium located?
Reser Stadium is located on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.
What kind of events does Reser Stadium host?
Football aside, the venue is also used by the school’s intramural and club sports teams regularly, as well as the college’s commencement activities every June, and is also a popular venue for speakers such as Michelle Obama.
Which team is playing at Reser Stadium?
Reser Stadium hosts the Oregon State Beavers, the college’s NCAA football team, and has done so since it first opened its doors in 1953.
Where can I park for free at Reser Stadium?
There is abundant parking available for Reser Stadium sporting events. Paid parking ($15) is available at Pioneer Park and at three locations within Avery Park. Additional parking is generally available within the vicinity of Reser Stadium. Metered parking is also available downtown. You can also find free parking outside the metered areas - but be sure to double-check the parking restrictions. More free parking is available in two unrestricted public parking lots available at 1st Street and at B Avenue and 2nd Street. The OSU downtown shuttle buses stop near both of these lots.
What is the seating capacity of Reser Stadium?
Reser Stadium sporting events can host up to 43,000 cheering fans.
Who owns Reser Stadium?
Reser Stadium is owned by Oregon State University.
How do I get to Reser Stadium using public transport?
Fans wishing to reach Reser Stadium events by public transport have a number of bus routes they can rely on, depending on where they are coming from. Buses aside, Lyft, shuttle services, and local taxis are the next best bet for reaching the venue.