Oregon State football will play a home game in Portland for the first time since 1986 when they host Montana State at Providence Park early in the 2022 season.
The Oregonian’s Nick Daschel reports the Beavers are moving their Sept. 17th, 2022 home game from Reser Stadium to Providence Park, where they will host the FCS school.
The Beavers regularly played in Portland in the 60’s and 70’s, but their last game in the Rose City was a 49-0 defeat to UCLA at Civic Stadium on Nov. 1, 1986. Their 1985 game against Cal was also at Civic Stadium, a 23-20 Beavers victory, but the 1984 Portland contest was a 27-8 loss to Arizona.
Per Daschel’s piece, Oregon State AD Scott Barnes commented “We have such a large alumni base in Portland that we think this is a wonderful opportunity for our university to engage our alumni.”
The West side of Reser Stadium will be under construction following the conclusion of the 2021 season and won’t fully be ready until the 2023 season. Without the West side available, Reser Stadium can still hold a capacity near 33,000, but the newly renovated Providence Park gets close to that figure at over 25, 218 seats for Portland Timbers home games.
The Beavers will open the 2022 schedule at Reser Stadium on Sat. Sept. 3rd hosting Boise State, then go on the road to visit Fresno State in Week 2 prior to the Week 3 contest with Montana State, now set to be in Portland. Television and kickoff details will be released for that contest early next summer. Daschel also notes that details of the game and festivities are in the planning stages.
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