PK Park

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PK Park
A Eugene Emeralds baseball game at PK Park in June 2010
PK Park in June 2010
Location 2760 M.L. King Jr. Blvd.
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
Coordinates 44°03′32″N 123°03′58″W / 44.059°N 123.066°W / 44.059; -123.066Coordinates: 44°03′32″N 123°03′58″W / 44.059°N 123.066°W / 44.059; -123.066
Broke ground August 15, 2008 [1]
Opened February 27, 2009
(temporary seating)[2]
March 2, 2010
(completed stadium)[3]
Owner University of Oregon
Operator University of Oregon
Surface FieldTurf
Construction cost $19.2 million
($21.1 million in 2014 dollars[4])
Architect DLR Group
Structural engineer KPFF Consulting Engineers[5]
General contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis[6]
Capacity 4,000
Record attendance 4,825   (June 11, 2012)
Field size Left – 335 ft (102 m)
Center – 400 ft (122 m)
Right – 325 ft (99 m)
Tenants
Oregon Ducks - (NCAA)
(2009-present)
Eugene Emeralds - (Northwest League)
(2010-present)

PK Park is a baseball stadium in Eugene, Oregon, United States the home field of the University of Oregon Ducks of the Pacific-12 Conference. The program was revived in 2009 after nearly three decades as a club sport.[7] During the summer, the park is home to the professional Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League, a Class A short-season minor league.[8]

PK Park is named after former Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny, whose donations helped to fund the stadium.[9] Designed by sport architect DLR Group, PK Park has 3,000 fixed seats in the main seating bowl and a total capacity of 4,000 spectators. Fan amenities include a video board, landscaped areas for hospitality, a tiered party plaza called "Fowl Territory," a picnic plaza, and eight upper level suites. It is located just east of Autzen Stadium; the baseball park was built on the northeast section of the football stadium's parking lot.

First seasons[edit]

Ground was broken for the facility on August 15, 2008, and the first phase involved construction of the FieldTurf playing field and temporary seating for the 2009 season.[1] In their first game at PK Park on February 27, 2009, the Ducks beat Fresno State, the defending national champions, 1-0 on a walk-off single by senior Andrew Schmidt, witnessed by a sellout crowd of 2,777.[2] The second phase of the project was the permanent concrete grandstand, built between the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The first game in the completed stadium was on March 2, 2010, a 6-2 win over the Washington Huskies, with 2,609 in attendance.[3]

NCAA tournament[edit]

In 2012, the park hosted an NCAA Regional and Super Regional. Oregon won the Regional, but was defeated by Kent State in three games in the Super Regional.[10]

In 2013, PK Park again hosted an NCAA Regional, as the Ducks entered the 64-team tournament as a #8 national seed. Oregon lost its second and fifth games, both to the Rice Owls, and were eliminated.

Attendance[edit]

In 2013, the Ducks ranked 34th among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,971 per home game.[11]

The park's single-game attendance record of 4,825 was set on June 11, 2012, in game three of the Super Regional against Kent State; the Golden Flashes defeated the Ducks 3-2.[12] To increase the stadium's capacity for postseason play, two temporary stands were erected beyond the left-center field wall.

  Rank   Attendance Opponent Date Notes
1 4,825 Kent State June 11, 2012   NCAA Super Regional
2 4,177 Kent State June 9, 2012   NCAA Super Regional
3 3,892 California* April 28, 2012   post-Spring football game
3,892 Stanford* April 27, 2013   post-Spring football game
3,892 Oregon State May 18, 2013   Civil War rivalry
6 3,843 Kent State June 10, 2012   NCAA Super Regional
7 3,820 Oregon State May 17, 2013   Civil War rivalry
8 3,791 Washington State* May 1, 2010   post-Spring football game  
9 3,771 Austin Peay June 1, 2012   NCAA Regional
10 3,762 Oregon State May 19, 2013   Civil War rivalry

* – Spring Football game played on the same day (No home baseball game after 2011 spring game).

Previous venue[edit]

In the program's first period as a varsity sport (1936-1981), the Ducks played at Howe Field, which was converted to the women's softball venue in 1987.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "University of Oregon Breaks Ground on New Baseball Facility". University of Oregon Athletics. August 15, 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Schmidt's Walk-Off Upsets Defending Champs". University of Oregon Athletics. February 27, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "First Inning Propels Oregon To Victory". University of Oregon Athletics. March 2, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.kpff.com/projects-4/0/3/1001
  6. ^ http://northwest.construction.com/northwest_construction_projects/2010/1201_PKPark.asp
  7. ^ The Associated Press (July 13, 2007). "Oregon to Reinstate Baseball Program". The Houston Chronicle Online. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "PK Park". Eugene Emeralds. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Pat Kilkenny Biography". Holden Leadership Center. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "2012 Super Regional Schedule". D1Baseball.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-12. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Cutler, Tami (June 11, 2013). "2013 Division I Baseball Attendance - Final Report". Sportswriters.net. NCBWA. Archived from the original on July 20, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  12. ^ Fentress, Aaron (11 June 2012). "Kent State Advances to College World Series With 3-2 Win Over Oregon Ducks". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on 2012-06-17. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "About Howe Field". University of Oregon Athletics. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 

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