Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings; built works - recreation areas and structures - stadiums

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1971-1972

1000 Creston Lane NE
Washington State University Campus, Pullman, WA 99164

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Two earlier football venues predated Martin Stadium; the first, Soldier (later Rogers) Field operated from 1895-1936; the second facility, also named Rogers Field, served the football team until a fire gutted the press box and south stands on 04/04/1970, at the height of the Vietnam Protest Movement. At this time, alumnus Daniel Martin, a wealthy businessman living in Los Angeles, CA, donated $250,000 to a new stadium, with the proviso that it be named for his father, Clarence D. Martin, Governor of Washington from 1933-1941; subsequent alterations to the stadium, done in the late 1970s to add seating were also funded in part by the Martin Family.

Tel: (509) 335-2241 (2010);

Alterations and additions occurred to Martin Stadium throughout the 1970s. North seating was added in 1975, while a computer center was built adjoining the stadium in 1978-1979; the field was lowered to add seating to the stadium, a job that concluded in 1979; this expansion took the capacity of Martin Stadium from 26,500 to 35,000. Beginning in 2006, $27 million was spent to upgrade concession and restroom facilities, add a giant scoreboard, and other small improvements. In 2009-2010, the State of Washington Legislature debated the feasibility of creating 2,200 new "premium seats," 16 luxury suites, 31 loge boxes and 1,200 club seats above the north stands for wealthy boosters. Resistance was strong at this depressed economic period and because the rival University of Washington was seeking to fund a $300 million renovation of Husky Stadium at the same time.

PCAD id: 15253