PK Park in June 2010
|Location||2760 M.L. King Jr. Blvd.
Eugene, Oregon, U.S.
|Broke ground||August 15, 2008 |
|Opened||February 27, 2009
March 2, 2010
|Owner||University of Oregon|
|Operator||University of Oregon|
|Construction cost||$19.2 million
($21.1 million in 2014 dollars)
|Structural engineer||KPFF Consulting Engineers|
|General contractor||Lease Crutcher Lewis|
|Record attendance||4,825 (June 11, 2012)|
|Field size||Left – 335 ft (102 m)
Center – 400 ft (122 m)
Right – 325 ft (99 m)
|Oregon Ducks - (NCAA)
Eugene Emeralds - (Northwest League)
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. During the summer, the park is home to the professional Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League, a Class A short-season minor league.
PK Park is named after former Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny, whose donations helped to fund the stadium. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. To increase the stadium's capacity for postseason play, two temporary stands were erected beyond the left-center field wall.
|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).
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.
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