College Facility Notes: Oregon State Eyes $175M Reser Stadium Remodel
In Portland, Nick Daschel reports the west side remodel of Oregon State's Reser Stadium "formally began to take shape" yesterday. OSU is "looking for proposals from a facility development program specialist to provide oversight for renovation, expansion and new construction." Bids will be accepted through Nov. 5. OSU "would like to begin the construction project" by December '21, with completion by July '23. The $175M renovation is "expected to be the most expensive construction project" in school history (Portland OREGONIAN, 10/16).
KEEPING WITH TRADITION: In Houston, Brent Zwerneman notes Texas A&M AD Ross Bjork yesterday shot down any suggestion the school will sell naming rights to Kyle Field. However, Texas A&M is "doing their best to keep up with the Joneses in the cutthroat world of college athletics finances, prompting Bjork to remind fans they must keep propelling forward." That perhaps means a "few more brand names around the west side of campus to help pay the bills." Bjork: "I do think that there are some sponsor-activation things that you could do that are tasteful while still protecting the tradition" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/16).
MAKING MOVES: In Honolulu, Ferd Lewis noted the process of "selecting a developer for the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District will take a major step in coming months as the state prepares to send out requests for qualifications from prospective partners before the end of the year." A list of developers will "receive requests for proposals will be announced in the first quarter" of '20 as the Univ. of Hawaii "aims to have the new stadium ready in time" for the '23 football season. Three "possible sites on the current 98-acre stadium location in Halawa have been studied and a final determination as well as a stadium size will be made in concert with the eventual P3 partner" (HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, 10/14).