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Two bids submitted for Civic Stadium

Eugene EmeraldsDespite some early interest from developers, only two bids were submitted to the Eugene School Board for Civic Stadium, the former home of the Eugene Emeralds (short season A; Northwest League): one from a local preservation group and another from the YMCA.

It’s not quite the wealth of submissions the school board was seeking: Save Civic Stadium would of course work to save the historic 73-year-old ballpark, while the YMCA would tear it down and put up a new facility, though parts of the old ballpark could be reclaimed and integrated into the design. The YMCA is offering $3.5 million for land and the ballpark.

Save Civic Stadium is offering to lease the land and ballpark and would convert it to a multiuse facility, integrating soccer into the mix. Alas, it doesn’t appear the group has much money as of yet: they estimate their plan could cost $10 million, but fundraising has not started.

Civic Stadium is on our list of Endangered Ballparks.

RELATED STORIES: Developers withdraw plan to renovate Civic Stadium; future of ballpark in doubt; Eugene School Board puts Civic Stadium on the market; Glickman to assist in Civic Stadium preservation effort ; Eugene debates future of historic Civic Stadium; Group proposing renovation of Civic Stadium

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