FIVE YEARS LATER: Rising from the ashes of Civic Stadium

It has been five years since Civic Stadium was destroyed by arson.

Posted: Jun 29, 2020 12:57 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2020 4:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Five years ago today, Civic Stadium burned to the ground, and someday soon, Civic Park will rise from the ashes.

The original stadium burned on June 29, 2015, just months after the Eugene Civic Alliance (ECA) purchased the property from the city for $4.1 million.

Police said three 12-year-olds and a 10-year-old hopped a fence and lit a fire in the press box. Three of the boys were to spend up to five years on probation for their roles in the fire. 

ECA officials said the fire was a setback to the original plan to renovate the historic grandstand, which was once home to the Eugene Emeralds.

Moving forward, Eugene Civic Alliance planned a new indoor and outdoor facility to take its place. With a lot of fundraising and partnering with local contractors, that dream is almost a reality.

It was set to debut June 6, but its opening has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The soccer field was completed as of February. It’s a state-of-the-art synthetic turf that is supposed to minimize injuries.
And inside the field house, there are eight basketball hoops.

“There are thousands of kids in the community that will get to play here,” project superintendent Jon Baugus said in an interview with KEZI 9 News earlier in the year.

And while the fun is on hold, those kids will eventually have their chance to break in the new park.

For more information about the ECA, click here

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