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Emeralds Win 2018 Larry MacPhail Award

PRESS RELEASE – Minor League Baseball announced today that the Eugene Emeralds of the Short Season Class A Northwest League are the recipients of the 53rd annual Larry MacPhail Award, symbolizing the top promotional effort in Minor League Baseball.

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Three Youths Get Probation for Starting Civic Stadium Fire

Eugene Emeralds logoThree of the four boys accused of playing with fire and starting a massive blaze that destroyed historic Civic Stadium in Eugene (OR) will spend up to five years on probation. Investigators say three 12-year-olds and a 10-year-old were playing with fire and then ran away when the flames got out of control.  The case against a fourth boy charged in the fire is ongoing.  Read more and see photos here.

Former Civic Stadium tenant paid tribute to the destroyed ballpark on Aug. 16, Eugene Emeralds Twitter photo.

Civic Stadium’s former tenant paid tribute to the destroyed ballpark on Aug. 16, Eugene Emeralds Twitter photo.

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Emeralds Unveil Special Unis for ‘Portlandia Night’

Eugene Emeralds New Logo SquatchPRESS RELEASE – Grab your flannel, skinny jeans and a $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon tall boy and join the Eugene Emeralds on Thursday, Aug. 27 for Portlandia Night at PK Park. The Chicago Cubs’ single-A affiliate will don special uniforms – “flannel” tops and “skinny jean” pants – inspired by the weirdest city and show in the nation in a game against Spokane. Continue reading

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Jail Time Unlikely for Ballpark Firestarters

Eugene Emeralds logoPolice officials say jail time isn’t likely if convictions are handed down for the four youths charged with setting a fire that destroyed historic Civic Stadium in Eugene (OR).  Read more here.  The old ballpark was the former home of the Eugene Emeralds (Single-A, Northwest League) and was slated for a soccer makeover after recently being saved from the wrecking ball.

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Civic Stadium Fire Blamed on Boys

Eugene_Emeralds LogoA massive fire that destroyed Eugene’s historic Civic Stadium, the former home of the Eugene Emeralds (Single-A, Northwest League), was caused by four boys playing with fire who fled when the flames got out of control, investigators said Thursday.  Read more here.

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RIP Civic Stadium

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Fire Destroys Historic Civic Stadium

Eugene_Emeralds LogoRecently saved historic Civic Stadium in Eugene is considered a complete loss after a fire engulfed it Monday, sending flames shooting high into the evening air.  The 78-year-old ballpark served as the home of the Eugene Emeralds (Single-A, Northwest League) from 1969-2009.  Read more here.  View photos here and here.

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Eugene’s Civic Stadium Saved

Eugene_Emeralds LogoThe Eugene Civic Alliance on Monday completed the purchase of Eugene’s historic Civic Stadium, giving supporters an opportunity to renovate the ballpark for soccer and providing a site for a Kidsports fieldhouse.  The acquisition starts a new chapter in the story of the 78-year-old stadium, which served as the home of the Eugene Emeralds (Single-A, Northwest League) from 1969-2009.  Read more here.

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Ems, Clippers Make College Football Wager

Eugene Emeralds New Logo SquatchColumbus Clippers LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Eugene Emeralds, a Class A short-season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, and the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, are excited to announce a friendly wager on the upcoming College Football National Championship game between the University of Oregon Ducks and The Ohio State Continue reading

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Messin’ with Sasquatch in Eugene, Whoopee Cushion Giveaway for First 2,000 Pranksters

Eugene Emeralds New Logo SquatchPRESS RELEASE – Get ready for a prank-filled night on June 26, thanks to Jack Link’s Messin’ with Sasquatch Night! Jack Link’s brand icon, Sasquatch, will be creating all sorts of mischief and fun around the stadium. Be sure to stay on your toes so you don’t end up as the victim of Sasquatch’s pranks! Continue reading

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Ems Unveil All-Star Game Logo, Video and Title Sponsor

Eugene Emeralds New Logo SquatchPRESS RELEASE – The Emeralds are proud to announce that the 2014 Northwest League All-Star Game on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm, will be presented by Northwest Toyota Dealers. This magnificent event allows the Emeralds and Northwest Toyota Dealers a chance to highlight some of the best of what the Northwest has to offer. Continue reading

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Supporters Must Raise $3 Million to Truly Save Civic Stadium

Eugene Emeralds logoThe Eugene (OR) School Board on Wednesday selected the city’s $4.5 million bid to buy the shuttered Civic Stadium property, but the deal won’t be consummated by the city unless supporters raise $3 million in the next few months to renovate the old wooden grandstand and install a new sports field.  Read more hereVisit Friends of Civic Stadium here.

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Groups Rally for Competing Civic Stadium Proposals

Eugene Emeralds logoWith the future of the former home of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League) hanging in the balance, community groups held separate rallies Saturday to build public support for their divergent visions for historic Civic StadiumRead more hereRead ballpark editorial hereVisit Friends of Civic Stadium hereView Save Civic Stadium rally photo here.

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Let’s Be Civil to Civic Stadium

Eugene_Emeralds LogoThose who are trying to save Civic Stadium, former home of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League), have posted a YouTube video of a song called “Let’s Be Civil to Civic Stadium.”  Watch video here.  Sadly, the old ballpark could be headed for a date with the wrecking ball.  Read more here.  Thanks to Brian Merzbach for posting the link to the video on Facebook.

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Hawks Hire Ems Former AGM as AGM

Boise Hawks LogoBryan Beban, the former assistant general manager of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League), has been hired by the Single-A Boise Hawks (Northwest League) to serve in the same capacity.  Read more here.

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Four Bids Submitted for Eugene’s Old Civic Stadium

Eugene_Emeralds LogoEugene (OR) School District received four proposals by Tuesday afternoon’s deadline to submit offers for Civic Stadium, the former home of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League), and the property on which it sits.  The offers ranged from a low of $16.56 to a high of $5 million.  Read more hereView proposals here.

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Ems Bring Back Live Organ Music

Eugene Emeralds New Logo SquatchWhen the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League) moved into PK Park, General Manager Allan Benavides wanted to bring live organ music back the ballpark for the first time since the 1970s.  Benevides found just the right live organist in John Bilenki, who is spending his first full summer with the Ems this season.  Read more and watch video here.

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Ems and VooDoo Doughnuts in a Food Fight

Eugene Emeralds New Logo SquatchPRESS RELEASE – The Emeralds are competing against 63 other minor league clubs to crown the best ballpark food item in the land. The Emerald’s contest entry is the new Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Brat which was unveiled to rave reviews at the May 4th ticket release party at PK Park.

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‘Squatch Out! Ems Release New Look

PRESS RELEASE – The Eugene Emeralds Baseball Club, single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, unveiled their new identity tonight. The official Logo Release Party was held at the Ninkasi Brewing tasting room at 272 Van Buren Street on Tuesday, November 27 starting at 5:30pm. Continue reading

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Countdown to Logo Release Party

PRESS RELEASE – The Eugene Emeralds Baseball Club, single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, announced today that the team will be releasing a new logo and color scheme this week. Fans and media are invited to the Logo Release Party at the Ninkasi Brewing tasting room at 272 Van Buren Street on Tuesday, November 27 starting at 5:30pm. Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: PK Park (Eugene, OR)

MLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill visits PK Park, home of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League).  Read more and view photos here and here.

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Dilapidated Outfield Fence Comes Down at Old Civic Stadium

With permission from the Eugene School District, which owns the property, volunteers from Save Civic Stadium took down the weathered and rotting outfield fence at Civic Stadium, the former home of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League).  The group felt the fence was an eyesore and inhibited the ability of Eugene residents to truly envision the redevelopment plan they are pushing for the property.  Read more here.

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Groups to Present Plan Tonight to Save Civic Stadium

A meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. for allies Civic Stadium Sports and Entertainment and Friends of Civic Stadium to present a plan to save historic Civic Stadium in Eugene (OR).  A pro soccer team is contemplated as the primary tenant for a renovated facility.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Old vs. New in Eugene

Nate Gartrell from the Eugene Daily News takes a look at PK Park, the current home, and historic Civic Stadium, the former home, for the Single-A Eugene Emeralds (Northwest League).  Read more here.

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Volunteers Clean Up Civic Stadium Yard

Despite the fact that the future of historic Civic Stadium in Eugene (OR) is still up in the air, a crew of more than 20 volunteers organized by the “Save Civic Stadium” group showed up at the old ballpark on Saturday for a day of on-field clean up.  Read more and view video here.

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Civic Stadium Documentary in the Works

Rick Pettigrew is making a documentary about historic Civic Stadium, former home of the Single-a Eugene (OR) Emeralds.  Pettigrew has created a trailer but needs $50,000 to complete the project.  As you know, Civic Stadium is at risk of being demolished.  Read more here.  Watch trailer hereDonate here.

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Days Numbered for Civic Stadium?

The development plans put forth by the “Save Civic Stadium” group and the YMCA did not make the grade for Eugene (OR) Superintendent George Russell.  He has recommended that the Eugene School Board adopt the Fred Myer plan for improving the historic site, on which now-neglected Civic Stadium sits.  However, hope remains to save the old ballpark, as the board must still vote on the plans.  Read more hereView video here.

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School Board Agrees to Delay Consideration of Civic Stadium Proposals

At the request of the Eugene (OR) City Council, the Eugene School Board voted on Wednesday to temporarily delay consideration of three proposals submitted by developers, including the Save Civic Stadium group, to buy or lease historic Civic Stadium and the property on which it sits.  Reportedly, a new committee of stakeholders will now be appointed to explore public-private options to preserve the old ballpark and Continue reading

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Three Bids Submitted for Civic Stadium Site

The Eugene School District received three bids for the site where 73-year-old Civic Stadium, former home of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds, is located.  One proposal would place a new 100,000 square foot Fred Meyer store on the site.  Another proposal from the Eugene YMCA would put a new $20 million building on the Civic Stadium parking lot.  The third proposal from the group “Save Civic Stadium” would preserve the Continue reading

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Ems Hire New Assistant GM

PRESS RELEASE – The Eugene Emeralds announced today the hiring of new Assistant General Manager Sarah Heth. Heth joins the Ems with a 10-plus year history in Minor League Baseball. The addition of Heth makes the Eugene Emeralds front office one of the more diverse front offices in Minor League Baseball. Continue reading

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Bowen Joins Ems Front Office Full-Time

PRESS RELEASE – The Eugene Emeralds are proud to announce the addition of Teigh Bowen to the Emeralds full-time front office staff. Bowen, formerly and intern with the Emeralds in the 2010 season, will join the team as Director of Mascot Relations. Continue reading

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Back to the Drawing Board for ‘Save Civic Stadium’ Group

The idea of converting Eugene’s historic Civic Stadium into a pro soccer, entertainment, and recreation venue has been abandoned by a four-person investment group that found the cost and complexity of raising funds through a private offering to be too much to handle.  Read more here.

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Civic Stadium on the Block

The Eugene School Board voted on Wednesday to unload 72-year-old Civic Stadium. The group Save Civic Stadium is still fighting to keep the historic former home of the Eugene Emeralds from the wrecking ball and turn it into a thriving venue for pro soccer, entertainment, and community recreation.  Read more here.

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Emeralds Get a New Look

PRESS RELEASE – Fans may notice something a little different about http://www.go-ems.com today. The Emeralds launched a new MLB Advanced Media template on their homepage, giving the site a complete makeover. Continue reading

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Plan to Save Civic Stadium Revealed

A study completed by Bend (OR)-based stadium consultant Marshall Glickman calls for historic Civic Stadium in Eugene (OR), the former home of the Eugene Emeralds, to be converted from a baseball facility to a $70 million complex for professional soccer, entertainment, and recreation.  The study was funded by $10,000 in private donations and $5,000 from the City of Eugene.  Read more here.

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Stadium Preservation Group Hires G2

The group “Save Civic Stadium” has hired Marshall Glickman to help advance their efforts to protect Eugene’s Civic Stadium from the wrecking ball.  Clickman is the former president of the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers and CEO of G2 (stands for “Glickman Global”) Strategies, LLC.  Continue reading

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Ducks Gear Up for Home Opener at Completed Ballpark

PK Park is looking good…and finished.  Last season, the University of Oregon Ducks made a return to the baseball world after a 28-year hiatus, and PK was still under construction.  The new $19.2 million, 4,000-capacity ballpark with all its bells and whistles will make its re-debut on Tuesday, March 2, when the Ducks face the Washington Huskies.  Read more and view photo here.

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Save Civic Stadium: Meeting Held, Fundraising Continues

Local citizens trying to rescue Civic Stadium in Eugene, OR from wrecking ball had a chance to voice their concerns and ask questions at a meeting with the Eugene School District on Thursday night.  Those in attendance included the Save Civic Stadium group, which is currently trying to raise funds for a future use feasibility study that could be done in partnership with Baltimore-based Ripken DesignContinue reading

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Save Civic Stadium!

The 4J School District is holding a public hearing on Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the future of historic Civic Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  The group Save Civic Stadium is expected to be there in full force. Continue reading

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Civic Stadium Feeling the Heat

The future of Civic Stadium, the historic former home of the Single-A Eugene Emeralds, lies in the hands of the Eugene School Board.  The board appears to be moving ahead with plans to unload the property.  The board may soon seek requests for proposals from potential buyers.  That said, if you haven’t visited the 72-year-old ballpark yet, you have a little time.  According to the district’s facilities and transportation direct, Jon Lauch, a sale would probably not happen until the fall at the earliest.  Read more here.

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