|Full name||Bell Field|
|Former names||College Field|
|Location||Oregon State University|
SW 26th Street &
SW Washington Way
Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.
|Owner||Oregon State University</td></tr>|
|Operator||Oregon State University</td></tr>|
|Surface||Natural grass infield|
Dirt / sawdust
|Opened||1910, Template:Years or months ago</td></tr>|
|Oregon State Beavers football
Oregon State Beavers track and field
</table>Script error Script error Bell Field, originally known as College Field (1893–1909), was an outdoor athletic stadium in the northwest United States, on the campus of Oregon State College (now University) in Corvallis, Oregon. It was the home venue of Oregon State Beavers football prior to the opening of Parker Stadium (now Reser Stadium) in November 1953.
Opened Template:Years or months ago in 1910, Bell Field had a seating capacity of 21,000 at its peak and was named after J.R.N. "Doc" Bell, an early supporter of the college and its athletic teams. With a conventional north-south orientation, its low-profile seating was mostly covered in a horseshoe configuration, opening to the north, at an elevation of Script error above sea level.
After Parker Stadium opened, most of the seating was removed, but it hosted the school's track and field program on a cinder track until March 1974, after which it was torn down. It was located directly west of the baseball field (today's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field) and parallel to its first base line. The Dixon Recreation Center, opened in 1976, occupies the site.
A natural grass field for football was first installed at Bell Field in 1937; the surface was previously a mixture of dirt and sawdust. That field surface was not unique in the Northwest in the Pacific Coast Conference: Hayward Field in Eugene, Multnomah Stadium in Portland, and Husky Stadium in Seattle made similar transitions to natural grass in this period of time.
In the early 1950s, Oregon State played most of its home football games in Portland at Multnomah Stadium. The final varsity game at Bell Field was the only game on campus in 1952, a 27–6 homecoming loss to conference foe Idaho on November 15, with an approximate attendance of 8,000. The Beavers' sole win in the Pacific Coast Conference that season was in the Civil War game in Portland. The only game in 1953 in Corvallis was the opener for Parker Stadium on November 14, a 7–0 win over Washington State.
A new all-weather track facility opened on the south end of campus in 1974 and was named Wayne Valley Field in 1975. OSU dropped its track program after the 1988 season for both men and women, and the facility was removed in the 1990s, now occupied by the softball stadium. The women's team was reintroduced in fall 2004 and the new Whyte Track and Field Center opened in September 2012.