Home run or a strikeout? Emeralds pitch new stadium in Glenwood

"I think it would be kind of fun to have a stadium," Glenwood resident Lola Crandall said. "We have Autzen across the river. Why not one here?"

Posted: Mar 12, 2021 7:03 PM

GLENWOOD, Ore. -- As the Eugene Emeralds consider a place to build a new ballpark, a nine-acre plot of land in Glenwood has caught the team's attention.

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According to Emeralds owner D.G. Elmore, it should take between eighteen months and two years to build the stadium. He said he expects the project to be complete before 2025.

"2024 is really the most desirable," Elmore said. "The sooner we can get it sorted out and know with certainty where we're gonna go."

Elmore said the location would need to have plenty of parking available to accommodate a large number of fans.

"We're looking at being able to have a ballpark that would handle 5,000 people," Elmore said.

According to Elmore this would also provide an opportunity to host large-scale community events such as concerts and holiday-themed celebrations year-round.

"We would like to program for another 30 to 50 events," Elmore said. "Everything from concerts to a city fest event we did a couple years ago."

Neighbors who live in Glenwood said they have watched the area grow during the past few years. 

"I think it would be kind of fun to have a stadium," Glenwood resident Lola Crandall said. "We have Autzen across the river. Why not one here?"

Raymond Mitchell frequently travels to Glenwood for work.

"Everbody loves their sports so I think to put a baseball stadium here would be pretty good," Mitchell said. "I think everybody has been missing their sports."

The Emeralds' plan is still in the early stages at this point. But they insist they must be in a new stadium by 2025 or they will be forced to move out of the area.

The Springfield Economic Development Agency will discuss four proposals for the property in a virtual meeting on Monday.

"I was really impressed with all four projects," Vangordon said. "We're pleased to know people have interest. They are great ideas and I'm looking forward to the conversation."

Springfield's mayor, Sean VanGordon, did not comment specifically on the Emeralds proposal, but he said developing the riverfront property would spur economic development in the city.

"Glenwood is always near and dear to everybody's heart because of where it sits on the riverfront," VanGordon said. "It's a beautiful area and there is quite a bit of property that's been accumulating into this parcel."

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