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Oregon State implodes west side of Reser Stadium

January 7, 2022 GMT
The westside of Oregon State University's Reser Stadium falls during an implosion in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. The implosion was part of a $153 million upgrade project that began in 2005. (Kylie Graham/The Corvallis Gazette-Times via AP)
The westside of Oregon State University's Reser Stadium falls during an implosion in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. The implosion was part of a $153 million upgrade project that began in 2005. (Kylie Graham/The Corvallis Gazette-Times via AP)
The westside of Oregon State University's Reser Stadium falls during an implosion in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. The implosion was part of a $153 million upgrade project that began in 2005. (Kylie Graham/The Corvallis Gazette-Times via AP)
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The westside of Oregon State University's Reser Stadium falls during an implosion in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. The implosion was part of a $153 million upgrade project that began in 2005. (Kylie Graham/The Corvallis Gazette-Times via AP)
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The westside of Oregon State University's Reser Stadium falls during an implosion in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. The implosion was part of a $153 million upgrade project that began in 2005. (Kylie Graham/The Corvallis Gazette-Times via AP)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State has imploded part of Reser Stadium, beginning the next phase of a project to renovate the facility.

Athletic director Scott Barnes set off the explosives that brought down the west side of the building Friday morning, with a crowd of watching from a safe distance.

The $153 million renovation project is expected to be finished ahead of the 2023 football season. The new addition will include a wellness center for students and faculty at Oregon State, as well as a campus welcome center.

The east side of Reser Stadium was renovated before the 2005 season, adding additional seating and luxury boxes. Oregon State added a terrace area the following year on the north end zone, adjacent to the Valley Football Center.

The Beavers will continue to play at the stadium while construction continues.

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