CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University is now taking bids for design and construction proposals as the next step in the university's feasibility analysis of modernizing Reser Stadium's west side.
OSU athletics officials estimate the improvements will cost between $145 and $175 million.
The improvements will include adding concession and restroom facilities, new premium seating spaces, a vistor's locker room, and much more.
With such a hefty price tag, many are asking why now? KEZI 9 News talked to Steve Clark, the vice president of university relations and marketing.
"It's time to evaluate how do we make the west side of Reeser Stadium, and in fact the entire stadium, a complete and 365-day-a-year facility," said Clark.
After waiting decades to remodel this area of the stadium, Clark said now they aren't just concerned with football. They want the remodel to benefit all students.
"It could include student learning, classes, experiential learning, faculty research, and we have a number of ideas about that," Clark said.
Although Clark said this remodel will benefit students, some student-athletes said Reser Stadium isn’t the only thing that needs to be updated.
"We also need like bleachers at our track and locker renovations and stuff, so that's kinda just something that's on our minds with that kind of budget," said Maddie Fuhrmin, a track athlete at OSU.
Clark said he thinks construction is a long way away, possibly spring of 2021. For now, they're just focused on choosing design proposals.
OSU will be accepting bids for design proposals until Feb. 20.
Clark said they are looking for the best in the world to remodel their stadium.
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