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PK Park
PK Park
Location 2760 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Coordinates Template:CoordTemplate:Geobox coor
Broke ground August 15, 2008[1]
Opened February 27, 2009[1]
Owner University of Oregon
Operator University of Oregon
Surface FieldTurf
Construction cost $19.2 million
($20.8 million in 2012 dollars)
Architect DLR Group
Structural engineer KPFF Consulting Engineers[2]
General Contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis[3]
Capacity 4,000
Record attendance 4,177 (June 9, 2012 vs. Kent State)
Field dimensions Left Field – 335 feet (102.1 m)
Center Field – 400 feet (121.9)
Right Field – 325 feet (99.1 m)
Tenants
Oregon Ducks - (NCAA)
(2009-present)
Eugene Emeralds - (Northwest League)
(2010-present)

PK Park is a baseball stadium in Eugene, Oregon. It is the home of the Oregon Ducks,[1] who resumed in 2009 Pac-12 varsity play after nearly three decades as a club sport.[4] The park is also home to the professional Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League, a Class A short-season minor league.[5]

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.[1] It is located just east of Autzen Stadium, Oregon's football stadium. The baseball park was built on the northeast section of the football stadium's parking lot.

PK Park is named after former Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny, whose donations helped to fund the stadium.[6] In the program's first period as a varsity sport (1936-1981), the Ducks played at Howe Field.[7] 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. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 2,777.[8]

In 2012, the park hosted an NCAA Regional and Super Regional. Oregon won the Regional, but was defeated by Kent State two games to one in the Super Regional.[9]

AttendanceEdit

In 2012, the Ducks ranked 29th among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 2,128 per home game.[10]

The park's single-game attendance record was set on June 11, 2012, in game three of the Eugene Super Regional against Kent State. 4,825 attended the game, in which Kent State defeated Oregon 3-2.[11]

Attendance Opponent Date
1 4,825 Kent State June 11, 2012
2 4,177 Kent State June 9, 2012
3 3,892 Cal April 28, 2012
4 3,843 Kent State June 10, 2012
5 3,791 Washington State May 1, 2010
6 3,771 Austin Peay June 1, 2012
7 3,629 Oregon State May 28, 2011
8 3,540 Cal State Fullerton June 2, 2012
9 3,445 Oregon State May 29, 2011
10 3,268 Cal May 29, 2010

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 About PK Park. Go Ducks. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved on 24 August 2011.
  2. http://www.kpff.com/projects-4/0/3/1001
  3. http://northwest.construction.com/northwest_construction_projects/2010/1201_PKPark.asp
  4. The Associated Press (July 13, 2007). Oregon to Reinstate Baseball Program. The Houston Chronicle Online. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved on 24 August 2011.
  5. PK Park. Eugene Emeralds. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved on 24 August 2011.
  6. Pat Kilkenny Biography. Holden Leadership Center. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved on 24 August 2011.
  7. About Howe Field. Go Ducks. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved on 24 August 2011.
  8. Schmidt's Walk-Off Upsets Defending Champs. GoDucks.com (February 27, 2009). Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved on February 28, 2009.
  9. 2012 Super Regional Schedule. D1Baseball.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-12. Retrieved on 12 June 2012.
  10. Foley, Brian (13 June 2012). 2012 NCAA Baseball Attendance Report. CollegeBaseballDaily.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved on 14 June 2012.
  11. Fentress, Aaron. "Kent State Advances to College World Series With 3-2 Win Over Oregon Ducks", 11 June 2012. Retrieved on 17 June 2012.

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