CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University is changing its game day atmosphere to what’s now called “Beaver Fan Fest” in order to make home game experiences more enjoyable for fans.
For starters, the kid zone will be moved from the front of Reser Stadium, to the Tommy Prothro practice facility. It will include inflatable games and prizes.
Those wanting to get out of the weather can now head to the Touchdown Tailgate Zone inside the Truax Indoor Center.
It will feature multiple big screens, food and drinks, performances by the OSU marching band and cheerleaders, and guest appearances by Benny the beaver.
Right outside will be a new route for the Beaver Walk where the team will march past the Truax Center, through fans, and into the locker room.
“It creates a fun area where you don’t have to choose where to go, we can bring everyone together, create one mass of energy and then that creates more of an emotional connection to the actual game experience,” said OSU Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development Shawn Heilbron.
The game experience will also look a little different, with new turf that extends all the way to the walls for the players’ safety, as well as enhanced video features including closed-captioning on the video board.
The season opener is this Saturday at noon against Nicholls State.