Oregon State implodes west side of Reser Stadium

January 7, 2022 GMT
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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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