Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes joined me on the radio show this week to talk about the upcoming football season and the Reser Stadium remodel project.
Listen to the full interview here.
Barnes said the pandemic has not affected the $140 million project, which is expected to be completed in 2023 and improve the west side of the stadium.
“The donors who want to participate in this project are still there,” Barnes said. “None of this has changed.”
On out-of-control athletic department spending nationally:
“We have to get our head around this. It’s not sustainable. We have to find a way to manage it and to course-correct in some form or fashion… it’s something that is not sustainable.”
On potentially trying to make-up the canceled football game with Oklahoma State:
“That final decision hasn’t been made. We’ll look at all the options and make a decision based on what’s
Oregon State’s Reser Stadium remodeling project now carries a $140 million price tag, down from $175 million
The cost to remodel the aging west side of Oregon State’s Reser Stadium has fallen substantially during the past year.
Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes said earlier this week that the price tag to remodel Reser Stadium is now $140 million. That’s down 20 percent from a projected cost of $175 million at the outset of the project.
Barnes said the project cost is a moving target, and the initial cost of $175 million was conservative estimate. But in the university’s request for proposal document released Oct. 15, 2019, it states the project cost as approximately $175 million, with a direct construction budget of approximately $122 million.
Some of it is fine-tuning the project, Barnes said. A more accurate design and better knowing the scope and scale led to a more informed number for remodeling Reser.
The pandemic, oddly, has helped too. It led to market conditions