PK Park – the new home of the Emeralds?
I am not sure if the trip was worth it, but I took one for the Hawks Advanced Media team this morning, making an eight mile round trip walk (over two and a half hours) from our team hotel in Springfield to PK Park in Eugene – the home of University of Oregon Baseball. situated right next to Autzen Stadium.
The playing surface is very similar to that at Wolfe Field in Caldwell – the only synthetic baseball facility in Idaho, or to Bronco Stadium, as the entire diamond is made up of Field Turf (even the infield), with only the pitcher’s mound made of dirt.
The park already has two scoreboards up for usage, including a big video board in right-center. Last night, when Mike Sharp talked with the manual scoreboard operators at Civic Stadium, they seemed to think they would be taking the old board to PK Park…I think that won’t happen.
The signage on the outfield wall and scoreboard is not fixed, so if the Ems do play in this park next season, they can transfer their advertising signs to this park.
One thing not completed is the bleachers – as a massive construction project is underway to build the 4,000-plus seat facility in time for the Pac-10 season next March.
I appologize for the blurry video in advance and the small pictures – as I left my good camera on the bus following the game last night and didn’t want to wake the bus driver at 7 a.m. when I headed out on the marathon.