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Post by A_Fan on Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:53 pm

Here is a video of the proposed renovations:

Etzel Field

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Re: Etzel Field renovations

Post by Raider1 on Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:39 pm

Any updates if they've started on phase I yet? What did they finally include in Phase I?

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Post by PilotNut on Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:31 pm

You have to love the drawings... a first class baseball stadium could be a real draw in PDX--not much other top level baseball in the area. UO and OSU have proven that baseball can thrive in rainy Oregon... and the WCC does have a good baseball heritage. (Congrats to Pepperdine this season!)

Lights are absolutely critical. The weekday 3pm games are impossible for working folks to get to... I hope they are one of the early additions.

After watching the exciting Regionals this weekend... I hope to see a Regional hosted by UP some day...  Exclamation 

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Post by Raider1 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:53 am

Absolutely agree on all points. Being down here in SOCAL, can't put eyes on field and so always curious how things are going and if anything's started.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:40 am

The stadium remodel now seems to be linked to the work on the Beauchamp center, since a new thorofare to provide better access to it is mentioned as part of the work involved. For reference, here is the order of renovations in the current stadium plan:



The planned renovation for Joe Etzel Field will be phased.

Phase I upgrades ($2 million)

New synthetic playing surface
Field lighting for evening games and events
New field fencing
Home bullpen
Visitors bullpen

Phases II ($1.2 million)

Press box
Berm seating for 500 down the right field line
Relocated scoreboard
Home dugout
Visitors dugout
New grandstand building with 1076 Grandstand Seats and
16 VIP seats — next to the home team dugout and bullpen
New entry gate and ticket office

Phases II ($1.25 million)

Home locker room
Coaches offices
Coaches locker room
Field maintenance building

I wonder what it takes to get one of the 16 VIP seats?

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Post by Raider1 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:22 am

I heard a rumor that Phase I was going to happen this summer -- but a new scoreboard was included in it too. The lights may not be in it I heard, but that is strictly rumor. Something to do with funding.

Anyone hear anything else?

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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:36 pm

kopas wrote:I heard a rumor that Phase I was going to happen this summer -- but a new scoreboard was included in it too.  The lights may not be in it I heard, but that is strictly rumor.  Something to do with funding.  

Anyone hear anything else?
Yes, Phase 1 will begin this summer....

At the moment, the permitting process is underway....and that "generally" takes six weeks.  Assuming the process is without snags, the removal of sod and the installation of artificial turf could begin sometime toward the end of July and should take 10 weeks to complete.  I would guess mid-October would be a realistic target date.

The resurfacing is probably the most important part of the plans at this point as it will allow the players to practice in inclement conditions....better for game preparation and better for recruiting.  I believe the new bullpens and fencing will be completed during the resurfacing.

With regard to the lighting, I believe you are correct koppas, it is still a funding issue!  We all need to donate a little extra this year and don our rally caps to get others to donate too so a completed Phase 1 can become a reality in the next 12 months or sooner.  Cool 

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Re: Etzel Field renovations

Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:50 am

The Turf arrived and it's Astroturf.



The label says "since 1965". I hope the product has changed since I played lacrosse on it back then.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Oct 17, 2014 4:12 pm

Geezaldinho wrote:The Turf arrived and it's Astroturf.

The label says "since 1965". I hope the product has changed since I played lacrosse on it back then.
Turns out this is NOT your father's Astroturf:

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3213485

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Re: Etzel Field renovations

Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Oct 18, 2014 5:35 pm

I see that the Astroturf folks are including a progress Web Cam on their site.

http://www.astroturf.com/portland-baseball/


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Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Oct 18, 2014 5:51 pm

Geezaldinho wrote:I see that the Astroturf olds are including a progress Web Cam on their site.
Hmm, apparently I was in one of the pictures today as I was out on the infield watching the guys install the new surface.  (I had been watching the UP volleyball game).

It's a combination of green and brown surfaces....each of the colors having a slightly different nap and length of nap simulating grass and dirt.

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Re: Etzel Field renovations

Post by PilotNut on Tue May 12, 2015 11:53 pm

On tonight's Portside with the Pilots episode it was confirmed that lights will be installed in time for the 2016 season, with construction on that beginning around May 20th.  There were interviews with a few Board of Regents members who stated that most of the money for the new grandstand has already been raised as well.  There was a comment that the new facilities will be "premiere".

The option for nights games will be HUGE in terms of community involvement and attendance! cheers

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Post by PilotNut on Thu May 21, 2015 10:20 pm


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Re: Etzel Field renovations

Post by DoubleDipper on Sun May 24, 2015 12:05 pm

Entire project should be complete by July 1st.

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