Benny the Beaver returns to campus this fall! Retro Benny marks the return of the iconic figure that generations of Beaver fans know and love
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.
Athletic Director Scott Barnes released this statement through osubeavers.com
“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.”
This version of Benny the Beaver was an official active mark for OSU Athletics from 1951-1998.
Today on campus there will be a near life-sized wooden chainsaw sculpture of Retro Benny at the campus OSU Beaver Store. Merchandise with Retro Benny will also go on sale.