Oregon State will stage a football fan fest in the Portland area this summer, the athletic department announced Tuesday afternoon on Twitter. The date is still to be determined.
The event will make up for the Beavers not holding a scrimmage during spring practice, following the successful "Dam City Showcase" in Hillsboro last April that featured a football scrimmage and a nonconference baseball game at the adjacent Ron Tonkin Field. This summer’s fan fest will include a practice and activities for children.
Earlier Tuesday, Beavers coach Gary Andersen addressed the football team’s "need" to return to the Portland area for a practice or scrimmage.
"I think it’s important to do," Andersen said. "Our presence needs to be felt there."
OSU will also hold a fan fest in Bend, where the Beavers will again begin fall camp in late July.
— Scott Barnes (@BeaverAD) April 11, 2017