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Civic Park will hold its grand opening on June 6

A soccer match will be played on the new field the day before.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 11:32 AM
Updated: Feb 21, 2020 6:52 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Just five years after it burned to the ground, a newly invented Civic Park is set to rise from the ashes.

Officials at Eugene Civic Alliance say the new indoor/outdoor facility will have its grand opening celebration on Saturday, June. 6. Phase one of the project came with a price tag of $30 million.

The original Civic Stadium was set on fire and destroyed on June 29, 2015.

The soccer field is complete and Derek Johnson, co-executive for Civic Alliance, said the Lane United FC soccer team will take to the field starting in May. He said the state of the art synthetic turf has been designed with players in mind.

"It allows the ball to move really smoothly and to minimize injuries and burns," Johnson said.

Inside the field house, eight basketball hoops have been put in and project superintendent Jon Baugus said the hardwood will be installed next month.

Baugus said between 40 and 50 people are working on the project and many of them are with local contractors.

"It's a lot better then just building a warehouse; those are nice because somebody gets to go to work," Baugus said. "But there are thousands of kids in the community that will get to play here."

Officials say they are still planning the grand opening celebration but say it will be a chance for the community to see all that Civic Park has to offer. 

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