CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State has established itself as one of the nation's elite baseball programs, winning back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007, reaching the College World Series again in 2013 and collecting consecutive Pac-12 Conference titles in 2013 and 2014.
As the program approaches the 10-year anniversary celebration of the back-to-back national championships, Oregon State Athletics is excited to announce that a new state-of-the-art videboard will be in place for the 2016 season.
The board will double the size of the current videoboard that has been in place for nearly a decade. Expected to measure approximately 26-feet high and almost 50-feet wide, it is projected to be the largest in the conference upon completion.
“I'd like to thank the Reser family for making the new videoboard possible,” Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. “They have a deep connection to this program, including Zack, who was a reliever for us from 2012-15, and their generosity is greatly appreciated by our staff and players.
“Furthermore, we have the best fans in the country and they deserve the best.”
Removal of the previous board – which was installed nearly 10 years ago - and installation of the new one started last week and is expected to continue into January. It will get its first in-game use March 11 when the Beavers host San Francisco for the 2016 home opener.
The new board comes on the heels of a collaborative crowdfunding campaign, which raised just under $105,000 from a total of 259 donations. The campaign, which lasted just 30 days, was the largest of its kind for Oregon State Athletics and was the first such campaign hosted by OSU to reach six figures, surpassing the original fundraising goal by nearly $30,000.
The videoboard and player's lounge caps off two years of enhancements at the stadium, which was renovated in 1999 and expanded in 2009. The Jacoby Ellsbury Clubhouse, located down the left field line, has greatly increased the space for players, coaches and staff before and after games and practices.
In addition, the playing surface at Goss Stadium was also replaced with FieldTurf expanding to both the infield and outfield.
“The amazing transformation of the ballpark since 1999 has coincided with a tremendous era of success. The next wave of projects will keep Goss Stadium at Coleman Field competitive and allow us to enhance the experience for student-athletes and fans even more,” said Todd Stansbury, Oregon State Vice President and Director of Athletics.
Goss Stadium, which the Beavers have called home since 1907 (in various forms), expanded from 2,000 seats to more than 3,000 for the 2009 season. The Omaha Room, which gave fans a premium-seating option not previously available, was added down the right field line. Below the Omaha Room, a player's classroom was constructed next to the Oregon State trophy room, where fans can see pictures, trophies and more from the team's past.
For ticket information for the 2016 season, visit BeaverTickets.com or call 1-800-GOBEAVS to make a deposit on season tickets.
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