The Retro Benny makes an official return Homecoming weekend Oct. 20 when the OSU football team will wear a specially designed Nike uniform when it hosts the California Golden Bears at Reser Stadium. In addition, Retro Benny will appear on the team’s helmets for only the second time in history; initially was part of the 1973 team’s helmets under the leadership of OSU Hall of Fame coach, the late Dee Andros.
“Retro Benny is a cherished emotional connection by generations of Beaver Nation and our student-athletes, coaches and staff are excited to represent the rich history of this university on a national stage,” OSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes said. “The reintroduction of Retro Benny also aligns with our strategic plan in creating brand awareness and fan engagement opportunities, and supports the OSU 150 celebration.”
Benny Beaver (Retro Benny) was an official active mark of OSU’s intercollegiate sport teams from 1951-98.
A near life-sized wooden chainsaw sculpture of Retro Benny will debut Friday at the campus OSU Beaver Store, where fans will have the opportunity to purchase merchandise that will be on sale for the first time. Merchandise will also be available online at the official Oregon State Athletics Shop.
The Oregon 3D Art and Chainsaw Sculpture created Retro Benny will make its way to Parker Plaza outside of Reser Staidum during the season and at other venues throughout the course of the year.
In addition to Homecoming on Oct. 20, OSU Athletics will induct the 15th class into its Hall of Fame that weekend. Inductees include former football player Earnel Durdan, standout women’s basketball player Felicia Ragland, longtime administrator Sylvia Moore, the 1970 and ’71 women’s volleyball teams, and the 2006 and ’07 national championship baseball teams.
Source: OSU Athletics