PK Park is the dual home for the University of Oregon Ducks baseball team and the Single-A Northwest League Eugene Emeralds. The $19.2 million dollar stadium debuted in 2009 for the university. The 4,000-seat covered grandstand facility replaced the iconic wooden Civic Stadium-home to the Ems since their inaugural season in 1969. PK Park is a first class facility for Single-A baseball, but there is a heavy nod to the university; however, the team continues to make this the place for a great night out of baseball during the summer months in the area. Also, Eugene is a pretty hip town to visit, making for an enjoyable trip to stadium travelers.
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When it comes to the food, the basics are abundant at PK Park, but there are a few hidden treasures towards the left field bleachers. The GastroNomad is an old VW bug van that is decked out and run by a couple of local entrepreneurs who have developed a few killer tacos that are a must when at the ballpark. The pork belly taco features homemade yogurt, crunchy jicama and cilantro. The whiskey poach chicken taco has pickled jalapenos, melted cheese and Frito chips for $4 a serving (somewhat steep, but damn tasty). You can search for them throughout the city on Facebook.
If you are interested in beef brisket and pulled pork with tangy coleslaw on the side, there is a concession stand that serves up a heaping amount for $7. Hot dogs, nachos, veggie burgers, roasted corn, cheeseburgers and grilled chicken sandwiches all ranging between $3.50-$7.75 are available at a couple of concession stands. The picnic area down the right field line serves grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and other summertime favorites.
When it comes to beer, the Ems have their own brew on tap at the ballpark from local Ninkasi Brewing Company. The organization does have a little fun when a visiting player strikes out - beer is then discounted for the next 15 minutes. Unfortunately, the four times they offered the challenge there was not a strikeout during my most recent visit. That means I am paying between $6-$7 a beer. It is also wise to arrive a little early and take advantage of happy hour specials from 6-6:45 PM for what the team calls ľ Happy Hours. Happy Hour, they have a lot of these here in Oregon. I think I like it out here.
There was not a huge turnout for the game that I attended, since it had been a downpour earlier in the day. However, it seems as if watching a game would be a lot of fun at the stadium with better weather conditions. PK Park is a grandiose place for this level of minor league baseball and it offers an array of promotions, but there still is a strong sense that this is the Ducks' ballpark. There are various nights that offer discounts on beer, hot dogs, soft drinks, and even nights where kids eat free and on Friday's free tickets can be obtained from Fred Meyer supermarkets.
The team has added an array of banners and team logos throughout the concourse beginning with the 2013 season. You can see the neon and hunter green bigfoot logo, along with an array of caps and uniforms that would make Charlie Finley green with envy.
There is also a life size stuffed Sasquatch that adorns the entrance to the women's restrooms, a little creepy, but definitely worth a Facebook post. I wonder if this thing is real? Another thumbs up is due for the organ music being played throughout the game.
Eugene is a great college town, but during the summer, it can be a little sleepy on campus. It is a good thing that the rest of the city is worth visiting. One can easily enjoy a few days and nights.
PK Park is located on campus and shares the same parking lot with the football field, Autzen Stadium.
There are a few great restaurants and breweries to visit when in Eugene. I would suggest the Ninkasi Brewery (272 Van Buren St.) for a wonderful beer garden with fire pits, food trucks and plenty of noble conversations.
A short walk down the street and you can enjoy delicious Japanese cuisine at Izakaya Meiji Company (345 Van Buren St.) where an old house has been transformed into a hip neighborhood spot.
Hodgepodge Hawaiian Grill (2190 W. 11th Ave.) offers a taste of the islands that is popular on the west coast. There are also two other breweries that offer public houses: Hop Valley Brewery (8 Fourth St.) and Oakshire Brewery (207 Madison Ave).
Then again, if you are not into beer, visit the Wrigley Field of track and field stadiums, Hayward Field, bike the Willamette River, visit Mt. Pisgah or various other parks within the area. You will be surprised at the amount of things to do in the area and when the weather is nice, you better take advantage of the opportunities. You are also 90 minutes from the beautiful Oregon coast, well worth a day trip from Eugene.
Last but not least, enjoy a cup of coffee at The Wandering Goat (268 Madison St.).
When the weather is sour, the ballpark can be a lonely place and hinders the experience. The Emeralds have been in town since man first walked on the moon and weather can be truculent all year long. One minute the skies are blue, the next they are gunpowder gray.
The Ems have been a constant mainstay in town for so long that perhaps I will give the fans the benefit of the doubt. I am sure that with clearer skies there would have been a lot more people. After all, it was discounted beer night albeit Bud products.
I was quite confused on how to arrive at the stadium; there were plenty of signs directing me to the Ems' game, but when it came time to park, all I could see were the gravel parking lot and the football stadium. My confusion was dissipated when a young man offered me a ride on his rickshaw to the ticket office located approximately 100 yards away from the lot. The free service is a unique experience at a minor league park, but it was a welcome relief and a fun way to arrive at the ballgame. Apparently, these guys offer the service for football games as well during the fall. PK Park is located on the campus of Oregon University and near both I-5 and I-105.
Advanced tickets will cost between $6-$12, with an extra dollar is added for game day purchases, which I find one of the worst trends in baseball. If you pick the right promotional night, then this can be overlooked.
I enjoyed the rickshaw service to the stadium and the discounted drink specials if an opposing batter strikes out. Especially when they bust out the greatest polka song ever "Roll Out the Barrel".
The last time I attended a game in Eugene was in 2009 during Civic Stadium's last season. I specifically made the 2-hour drive from Portland to make the venture knowing that this would be my only opportunity to take in a game at the classic park. PK Park will be here for a long time continuing the baseball lineage in Eugene.
In 2009, the University of Oregon announced its intentions of adding a collegiate baseball team to its list of Division-I programs. With that, the local MiLB Eugene Emeralds would have their ballpark for the future as well. The Oregon Ducks baseball team have played at PK Park since 2010.
The transition between parks hasn’t been all roses, however, as many old time fans have refused to make the move over. Many cited a PA system that usually played way too loud, or lack of nostalgia.
Civic Stadium, the former home to the Emeralds, was out-of-date, needed millions of dollars of repairs and a major facelift. Both locker rooms failed to meet MiLB standards, and pillars blocked many fans’ viewpoints.
To those boycotting the relocation, you will have to wait a long time. In 2009, the Ems agreed to a 20-year lease worth approximately $200,000 per season. The Ems will be at PK Park for a while.
PK Park, named after former University of Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny, cost somewhere between $15-$18 million and is one of the most expensive college baseball stadiums in existence.
The stadium features state-of-the-art home and visiting locker rooms, a high-definition video board and a classic manual scoreboard located in the home team’s bullpen.
PK Park can hold approximately 4,000 visitors.
I visited this stadium just about a year ago (July, 2011). I agree with most of what was said in this review.
What I liked: Canadian National anthem was played (the visiting team was the VanCouver Canadians, plenty of leg room, excellent variety of beer including local brews, plenty of lighting for keeping score, could walk to stadium from hotel. There's a LaQuinta maybe 1/4 mile from the park.
What I didn't like (this is where I may disagree with the author but it is certainly just preferences - not good/bad; just different): Net around the entire field, there is music and noise between almost every pitch and even when announcing pitcher changes so one couldn't hear who was pitching. There was an alcohol monitor person - which I had not seen at a minor league stadium; never mind a low A team.
I'd recommend visiting the stadium.
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