The two male students, marching in Bell Field, are wearing "rook lids" and sandwich boards reading: "This stadium unfair to students, alumni, visiting teams, fans and prospective athletes. Your contribution will help build the new stadium. Ask me for a pledge card." Construction on Parker Stadium was completed in 1953.
This meet, against the University of Oregon, was the first to be run on a new course at Corvallis’ Avery Park. Although the UO edged out OSU on this occasion, the Beavers went on to a tie for sixth place at the NCAA Championships.
The old armory and gymnasium building was converted to a playhouse for Oregon State’s excellent theatre program around 1951. It was later named Mitchell Playhouse, in memory of C. B.Mitchell, longtime chair of the Speech Department and director of the Theatre program. The building was used as the playhouse until 1990, when fire safety concerns closed it for that purpose. In 1992 it reopened as the Valley Gymnastics Center.