Here is why they switched from wooden grandstands to steel and concrete: Civic Stadium, former home to Class AAA and short-season A baseball in Eugene, is burning down in a two-alarm fire.
Not much is expected to survive the blaze, which caused firefighters to evacuate residents in a two-block radius of the former MiLB ballpark. The ballpark, which opened in 1936, featured a large wooden grandstand. Efforts to preserve the ballpark had been going on for years, with some recent progress on the facility being converted to a soccer center. The ballpark was originally built with WPA funds as a football stadium later converted to baseball in 1969.
Civic Stadium was home to the Eugene Ems in various incarnations until the team moved to PK Park.
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