The venture will completely reconfigure Reser Stadium’s north end zone. It further stokes the momentum sweeping Beaver Nation with the hiring of new football coach Gary Andersen and his staff, the school said in a release, as well as the construction of the Beth Ray Academic Center, the OSU Basketball Center and the Jacoby Ellsbury Locker Room, and nationally-recognized successes by the women’s basketball, men’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, wrestling, men’s soccer and gymnastics programs.
“The expansion of the Valley Football Center will enable us to better take care of the young men in our program on a daily basis and also recruit at the highest level,” said Gary Andersen. “It will enable our student-athletes to move throughout their day efficiently in order to succeed both on and off the field.”
Funded entirely by private donations, the larger, upgraded VFC will double the size of the current locker room; add approximately 9,000 square feet to the equipment room and about 4,000 square feet to the athletic training facility, areas that directly affect student-athletes and coaches on a daily basis.
“Providing our student-athletes with the tools to be successful is paramount to our success. We have continued to make those strides beginning with the construction of the Merritt Truax Indoor Center in 2001 through creation of the sports medicine facility in partnership with Samaritan Health Services,” OSU Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis said. “The hiring of Coach Andersen was a game-changer and the expansion of the Valley Football Center will be as well.
Anchored by two major, anonymous gifts totaling a combined $25 million, fundraising for the project has now reached more than $33 million less than four months after the Victory through Valley campaign was announced by OSU President Dr. Edward J. Ray, De Carolis and OSU Foundation President & CEO Mike Goodwin in conjunction with Andersen’s hiring.
Approximately 80 percent of the total cost has been raised and the campaign is trending well ahead of pace. The goal is to complete fundraising by the end of the 2015 season so construction can start as soon as possible, giving student-athletes in the 2016 recruiting class concrete evidence that OSU’s commitment to winning football is second to none.
The Valley Football Center first opened in 1990. A $6.2-million overhaul in 1996-97 tripled the size of the original building and reflected OSU’s commitment to building a winning football program.
Less than three years after the June 14, 1997 dedication, the Beavers had their first winning season since 1970 and played in their first bowl game since 1962. The following season they trounced Notre Dame 41-9 in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl and finished No. 4 in the final Associated Press football poll. Those back-to-back bowl games were the first of 11 postseason appearances in the past 16 seasons.
A 2010 renovation featured an expanded lobby with interactive displays, a trophy area and a second-floor players’ lounge that doubles as premium seating on game days.
Facilities are not the only area where growth has occurred within Oregon State Athletics. On the strength of the UN1TE annual fund campaign, Our Beaver Nation is trending $1M ahead of 2014.
To support the Valley Football Center Expansion project, please contact Our Beaver Nation office at 541-737-2370.