The stadium has been vacant ever since the Eugene Emeralds baseball team decided to relocate for the 2010 season.
Wednesday, the Eugene school board may finally select an offer. There are three bids: from the city of Eugene, the Eugene Family YMCA and Fred Meyer. Earlier this month, superintendent Shelley Berman recommended the district sell the stadium to the city for $4.5 million under some conditions. While the YMCA and Fred Meyer say they respect his input, they are hopeful going into the meeting.
“We’re hoping the school board will vote in favor of our proposal, but regardless, we’re optimistic that we will land on our feet somewhere, somehow,” says Julie Grossman with the YMCA.
And Fred Meyer spokesperson Pat Walsh says, “Wednesday night will be a big evening for the community and we hope that the school district will pick the Fred Meyer bid. If not, we will be ready and waiting in case one of the other bids doesn’t work out.”
Fred Meyer has stepped up efforts leading up to the decision with ads both in the newspaper and on the radio. In the end, it’s all up to the school board, which is comprised of seven members. The board will decide whether to go forward with the superintendent’s recommendation to go with the city’s offer, or file a motion to do something else.
The public is invited to attend the meeting. It starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at the Education Center located at 200 North Monroe St. in Eugene.