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Let’s Play Ball!

Published: October 07, 2021

Planner Ballfield Guide

The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region of Oregon offers many great facilities for baseball and softball tournaments of all ages. This guide gives an overview of the complexes in the region and our staff can further help determine the right fields for your event.

Baseball Venues

Considered one of the finest of its type in the Pacific Northwest, the Ted Norman Memorial Baseball Complex is a great facility for youth baseball tournaments. The venue includes four fields, each with bullpens and dugouts, and a concession stand. Two of the fields are 220 feet from the fence to the centerfield while the other two are 250 feet from the fence to the centerfield. There are also restrooms on-site, a playground, free RV parking as well as shelter and picnic tables. Lighting will have to be brought in for events that play into the evening. The Ted Norman Memorial Baseball Complex has been home to the 2017, 2019 and 2021 Pacific Northwest Cal Ripken Regional Championship as well as other state and regional events.

Eugene Emeralds at PK Park
Eugene Emeralds at PK Park courtesy of Eugene Emeralds

PK Park, home to the University of Oregon baseball program and the Eugene Emeralds High-A West minor league team, is designed around a single, open concourse that provides incredible views to the entire playing field. The park has a seating capacity of 4,000 and is equipped with a full home locker room and players’ lounge, as well as a state-of-the-art video board, two picnic plazas and a large overhead canopy to protect spectators. The field is made of an all-weather baseball-specific FieldTurf, with clay mounds and bullpens. The John Conrad Press Box features three radio/television broadcast booths, an audio/visual game operations booth, and a large press area. There are also eight luxury suites with indoor and outdoor seating. Creating one of the most ADA-compliant stadiums in the country, the park is fully accessible with ramps and seating at both the concourse and field level. The park hosted the NCAA D1 Baseball Regional in 2012, 2013 and 2021 and the Super Regional in 2012.

Swede Johnson Stadium
Swede Johnson Stadium courtesy of Kayla Krempley

Home of the Eugene Challengers and the North Eugene High School summer baseball teams, the Swede Johnson Stadium hosts local, state, and regional tournaments and has a seating capacity of 1,000 with 800 theater seats. The annual Papa’s Pizza Invitational, hosted by the Eugene Challengers, draws over 800 spectators and teams from all over the West Coast travel to participate. A complete baseball facility, the Swede Johnson Stadium has six batting cages, bullpens, stadium lighting, an electronic scoreboard and 200,000 square feet of ryegrass turf playing surface.  

Expected to be complete by the fall of 2021, Hamlin Middle School will have two newly renovated, lighted, full-size diamonds and will become the new home for Bushnell University’s baseball program. A new turf field along with new concession, restroom, and other facilities is also expected to be complete in 2021. Seating will be expanded to 2,000 and other amenities will be completed in 2022.

Softball Venues 

The University of Oregon’s Jane Sanders Stadium is a newer addition to its prestigious line of venues and further elevated Oregon softball as one of the premier programs in the nation. The stadium features 1,500 permanent seats plus 1,000 more bleacher seats in center field. The field is artificial turf with a clay infield making it playable in Pacific Northwest weather conditions. The John Conrad Press Box features three radio/television broadcast booths, an audio/visual game operations booth, and a large press area. There are also eight luxury suites with indoor and outdoor seating. On and underneath the concourse, the team building has a meeting room, locker room, film room, training room and other amenities. An indoor practice center with batting cages, pitching lanes and an infield is located on the left field line next to the home team dugout and is one of the nation’s best indoor hitting facilities. The stadium’s uniquely shaped roof covers more than 500 seats behind home plate and a state-of-the-art videoboard is installed in the right field. Modern restrooms and concession facilities are also on-site. Jane Sanders Stadium has hosted several NCAA D1 Regional and Super Regional events and is the annual host for the OSAA Softball State Championships.

Bob Artz Memorial Park - Courtesy City of Eugene
Bob Artz Memorial Park - Courtesy City of Eugene

The Bob Artz Memorial Park is the Eugene-Springfield area’s primary softball field complex. The 11-acre park has three turf softball fields with lighting, on-site restrooms, drinking water, electric outlets, an open-play area and a 200-space parking area with additional bus parking. Bob Artz Memorial Park has been host to many state and regional events including the 2017 ISPS Northwest Regionals and is home to the Oregon ASA Regional Girls Softball Tournament.

Located just outside of Eugene in Junction City, the Laurel Sports Complex offers five feature fields and three additional fields nearby allowing the facility to host tournaments with up to 38 teams. Permanent seating capacity is 200 with a parking capacity of 300. With the all-dirt fields set up to accommodate fast-pitch softball, the facility also features home run fences, spectator seating and complete dugouts for all fields.

Shasta Ballfields in Eugene features four softball fields with a fencing distance of 275 feet and two have lighting. This 15-acre park also has restrooms and a parking lot.

Start Planning

The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region offers some incredible ballfields. Our professional services staff will help you determine which venue is the best fit for your next tournament or event. Let’s start planning to play ball!

Joey Jewell, STS

Senior Director, Sports Commission

Joey leads the development of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region as a premier sports event destination. Through his partnership with community leaders, venue managers and regional sports teams and clubs, he advocates for leveraging existing sports assets and developing local sports venues. His work facilitates the growth of sports tourism through marketing, strategic partnerships and hosting world class sports events.

Author: Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission

Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission, under the corporate umbrella of Travel Lane County, markets and promotes the region as a destination for sports, while providing resources designed to help events and planners succeed. Working with community partners, the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission provides planning tools, educational opportunities and occasions to celebrate sport. These assets currently include a digital Sports Planner Guide and the annual Oregon Sports Summit, an educational conference for sports event planners. For more information, go to EugeneCascadesCoastSports.org.