Oregon State Beavers Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Wayne Tinkle

Team Mascot: Benny the Beaver

Year Opened: 1949

Capacity: 9301

City / State: Corvallis / Oregon

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Civil War

Rival Team: Oregon Ducks

The Beavers and Ducks have met more than any other two teams, and there is lots of bad blood in what is known as the “Civil War.” The Beavers hold an 186-160 all-time lead in the series and every matchup is hotly contested, so you’ll be in for a treat when attending an Oregon State-Oregon game.

Oregon State Beavers vs Washington State Cougars

Rival Team: Washington State Cougars

The Oregon State-Washington State rivalry is a longstanding rivalry that predates the Pac-12. There is no love lost between these two rivals, and there are always plenty of bragging rights on the line when the two meet, so don’t miss it when the Beavers and Cougars square off.

The Dog Fight

Rival Team: Washington Huskies

The Dog Fight between Oregon State and Washington has been played almost 300 times. The rivalry is one of the longest running rivalries in college basketball with the Huskies holding a slim 158-140 all-time lead in the series. If you want to see a hard-fought contest, then get tickets to The Dog Fight between Oregon State and Washington.

Oregon State Beavers Stadium Guide

In Game

The Beavers have been playing at Gill Coliseum since 1949 meaning there has been lots of history made inside the facility. You’ll also see plenty of history on display when attending a Beavers basketball game. Gill Coliseum is home to many Wall of Fames that show off all of the best players and moments in each Beaver sports team’s history. There are also lots of banners hanging around the arena featuring the accomplishments of the Beavers men’s basketball team.

In addition to the history on display, you’ll also experience a fun atmosphere when attending an Oregon State basketball game. The student section, known as The Dam, is a lively group and do a fantastic job of showing their support for the Beavers. The athletic department also does a great job of getting the student section involved in the action with contests and promotions throughout the game.

You’ll also find a variety of places to grab a drink or bite to eat before or after the game. Corvallis has a quaint college town feel and is a beautiful place to explore making the trip all that much more enjoyable.

An Oregon State basketball game is an excellent place to learn more about the history of Beavers athletics and home to a fun atmosphere making a trip to Corvallis well worth your time.

Things to check out

Wall of Fame

At Gill Coliseum each Oregon State varsity sport has its own Wall of Fame. The walls do an excellent job of showing off the Beavers’ history in each sport and are a must-see for any college sports fan. Arrive early and take a walk of the concourse to see all of the best players and moments in Oregon State athletics history.

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Gill Coliseum is home to many banners celebrating the rich history of Oregon State basketball. The banners honor the 1949 and 1963 Final Four teams as well as legends such as Gary Payton, so take it all in when attending a Beavers basketball game.

Benny Beaver

Benny Beaver has been the official Oregon State mascot since the early 1940s. He entertains fans young and old on the sideline during the game. He has even gained national recognition having won the 2011 Capital One Mascot of the Year write-in campaign and was also named to the Capital One All-American Mascot Team in 2012.

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OSU Pep Band

The Oregon State Pep Band is a big part of a Beavers basketball game and provide an excellent in-game atmosphere. The band puts on a great show performing many fan favorites including “Hail to OSU,” “Carry Me Back,” “Beer Barrel Polka,” and “Land of 1000, so enjoy their tunes when attending a Beavers basketball game.

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The Dam

The student section at an OSU basketball game is a lively one. The Beavers have a strong tradition featuring stars such as Gary Payton and A.C. Green, so Beavers fans have had a lot to cheer about over the years. Enjoy the atmosphere created by The Dam when attending a Beavers basketball game.

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Student Competitions

During halftime students from The Dam compete in a variety of different competitions. The contests range from shooting competitions to tractor races and are a fun part of any Oregon State basketball game. If you’re a student sign up for the competitions and get in on the action.

Fight Songs

  1. “Hail to the Old OSU”

    OSU’s fight song written by Harold A. Wilkins in 1914 and is a staple of any OSU sporting event. You’ll hear “Hail to the Old OSU” throughout the game, so learn the lyrics and sing along to show off your Beavers pride.

    Here we come with a toast and song
    for the college up on the hill,
    We love its shady slopes and trees,
    Its mem’ries cheer and thrill;
    But fondest thoughts when the years have run,
    Will be of teams and vict’ries won,
    Each man a loyal son, Hail to old O.A.C.

    O.A.C., our hats are off to you,
    Beavers, Beavers, fighters thru and thru,
    We’ll cheer for ev’ry man,
    We’ll root for ev’ry stand,
    that’s made for old O.A.C.
    Watch our team go tearing down the field,
    Men of iron, their strength will never yield.
    Hail! Hail! Hail! Hail!
    Hail to old O.A.C.

    We’ll rout hard for the baseball star
    who can knock out a long home run,
    And cheer the man who kicks the goal,
    That means the game is won;
    But mem’ries best in our Hall of Fame,
    Are for the man who’s always game,
    Win, lose, fights just the same,
    All for old O.A.C.

    (Repeat Chorus)

Oregon State Beavers Bars & Restaurants

  1. Downward Dog – Campus

    House of Wings Sportsbar Beer 3rd Base Sports Bar Beer Kilroys Beer

    Welcome to 101 where the beer flows through ice taps, the cocktails feature innovative infusions and the food and wine highlight the heart of the valley.

    2305 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Tommy’s 4th Street Bar & Grill


    Straightforward option serving American standards, including breakfast fare, plus cocktails.

    350 SW 4th St, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Harrison Bar & Grill


    All-day pub offering morning-to-late-night menus, plus live entertainment, in a laid-back setting.

    550 NW Harrison Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97330, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  4. Crowbar

    Hoops Food and Spirits Cocktails Stringtown Bar and Grill Cocktails Halftime Sports Pub Cocktails Irish Mikes Old Town Pub Cocktails Aggie's Sports Bar Cocktails JAMZ Bar and Grill Cocktails

    We chop our veggies fresh daily and mix our Dream dough, pizza sauces and salad dressing from scratch, sourcing locally when possible.

    214 SW 2nd St, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  5. Tom’s Peacock Bar & Grill

    Peacock bar and Grill spaghetti

    Enduring sports bar with burgers & other grub all day, plus pool tables, a dance floor & live music.

    125 SW 2nd St, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  6. Clodfelter’s

    Clodfelters Public House

    Focuses on bringing our customers the best burgers in town, the finest micro brews and an exciting atmosphere!

    1501 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Bomb’s Away

    Bombs Away Cafe

    Serving Southwestern fare with a Northwest twist, we consistently deliver excellent food, made with local ingredients, at affordable prices.

    2527 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - mexican - $$

  8. Baguette

    Spring Rolls

    Simple cafe with a laid-back vibe & classic menu of banh mi, with vegan options & salad rolls.

    121 SW 3rd St, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $

  9. Laughing Planet Cafe

    Laughing Planet

    The Laughing Planet approach to food is simple and straightforward and looks like this: get the food from the farm to your plate as quickly as possible, and in the least complicated way.

    127 NW 2nd St, Corvallis, OR 97330, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  10. Broken Yolk

    Broken Yolk

    Casual eatery with free WiFi & a children's playground serving cocktails & all-day breakfast.

    119 SW 3rd St, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $$

  11. TOGO’S Sandwiches


    Counter-service chain offering made-to-order hot & cold sandwiches in straightforward surroundings.

    2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  12. McMenamins on Monroe


    Head across the street to grab one of McMenamins' signature burgers (and maybe a quick pint of Hammerhead — we won't tell anyone)

    2001 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  13. La Rockita Downtown


    Mexican staples served in an easygoing setup featuring a full bar with beer on tap & sidewalk seats.

    370 SW Western Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  14. Squirrels Tavern

    Squirrels Tavern

    Casual gathering place featuring wood-paneled walls, billiards & bar bites such as burgers & nachos.

    100 SW 2nd St, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  15. Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery

    Block 15 beer

    Laid-back brewpub crafting beers including lagers & IPAs plus serving sandwiches & pasta.

    300 SW Jefferson Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  16. American Dream Pizza

    American Dream

    We chop our veggies fresh daily, and mix our Dream dough, pizza sauces and salad dressing from scratch, sourcing locally when possible.

    2525 NW Monroe Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  17. Local Boyz Hawaiian Café

    Local Boyz

    This easygoing counter-serve offers traditional Hawaiian dishes such as sweet shoyu chicken..

    1425 NW Monroe Ave i, Corvallis, OR 97330, USA


    Bar website

    american - $