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Civic Stadium, Eugene

Statistics

  • Built: 1938
  • Designation: National Register of Historic Places
  • Significance: Design, community development, entertainment, social history
  • Current Status: Burned in arson fire.

News and Updates

July 14, 2015

Boys charged in Civic Stadium arson fire

July 11, 2015

Renovation vision remains unaltered in aftermath of Civic Stadium fire

June 30, 2015

Civic Stadium devastated by fire

February 27, 2015

Alliance raises $4 million to save Civic Stadium

Fall 2014:

Eugene Civic Alliance working to raise $4.5 million to purchase the site from the city of Eugene

February 20, 2014

City-sponsored plan to save stadium moving forward

June 20, 2013:

Fred Meyer rejoins Civic race. An offer by developers for the stadium land comes a week after the Eugene Family YMCA’s bid

May 1, 2012:

Split visions complicate future of Eugene’s Civic Stadium
Outlet: Daily Journal of Commerce

December 22, 2011:

Restore Oregon awards $2500 grant for conceptual drawings

December 8, 2011:

Save Civic Stadium’s latest news update
Outlet: Save Civic Stadium

November 29, 2011:

Restore Oregon anticipates awarding small grant to assist with conceptual site rehabilitation drawings.

October 17, 2011

Non-historic lights are removed from Civic Stadium
Outlet: KVAL news

October, 2011:

Superintendent changes course on Civic Stadium lease
Outlet: KMTR News

June 2, 2011:

Board scraps all Civic offers – The Eugene School District appears to be starting over with the disposition of the historic stadium property
Outlet: The Register Guard

History

Built as a cooperative between the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, Eugene Public School District No. 4, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Civic Stadium is significant to the development of the nation’s favorite pastime, and is one of the oldest extant ballparks in the United States. It has been owned and operated by the 4J School District of Eugene since the land was deeded from the city in 1938. For forty years the stadium served as the home of the Eugene Emeralds, a minor league baseball team.

In September 2009 professional baseball left the stadium and six months ago the school district terminated all use of the stadium favoring vacancy. Today, the entire property is for sale with little weight being given to proposals for preservation. When Restore Oregon sent out the call for nominations, not just one, but two, complete nominations were submitted for Civic. One of the two nominators summed it up best, stating: “The wooden grandstand, the hand-operated scoreboard and the view of the moonrise over the hills to the east all combined for a connection through time between today’s families and friends, and families and friends going back to the 1930s.”

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