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Civic Stadium is a baseball park located in Eugene, Oregon, United States, owned by the Eugene School District. It was the home of the Eugene Emeralds from 1969 to 2009. Prior to the departure of the Emeralds, Civic Stadium was one of the ten oldest minor-league baseball facilities in the United States. The stadium seats 6,800 people and is located near East 20th Avenue and Willamette Street in Eugene. The stadium currently serves as the home field of the South Eugene High School varsity baseball team.
The stadium was built in 1938 through a public-private partnership between the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Eugene School District 4J and the federal Works Progress Administration. In October 2008, Civic Stadium was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Emeralds' decision to relocate
In August 2009, the Emeralds organization announced their intent to move to the University of Oregon's newly-constructed PK Park, beginning with the start of the 2010 season. According to the Emeralds organization, the stadium is in need of substantial renovations, citing major problems with irrigation and electrical systems, as well as broken seats. The Emeralds ballclub estimated that modernizing the stadium could cost as much as $15 million. The Emeralds played their last game at Civic Stadium on Thursday, September 4, 2009, losing 5-3 to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Following the game, fans went down onto the field to collect pieces of the outfield turf as souvenirs.
The school district has designated it a surplus property, although the district has not made a decision on whether to sell the facility. As recently as 2007, the school district examined options to redevelop all or part of the stadium property, most likely as medium-density residential units. A local community group, Save Civic Stadium, has begun a grassroots community campaign in support of restoring the historic stadium, while also attempting to locate alternative tenants for the facility.
With the future of the stadium in flux, it is one of ten entries on the Historic Preservation League of Oregon's Most Endangered Places in Oregon 2011 list.
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