The University of Oregon (UO)’s athletics department has released the first two renderings of Oregon softball’s new home for the 2016 season, Jane Sanders Stadium.
The 1,500-seat stadium will be built at the current site of Howe Field. Construction of the new stadium will begin immediately after the Ducks play their final home game this year. There will be space to add temporary outfield bleachers for postseason games.
Financing for the new stadium was spurred on by a USD$10m gift from Robert Sanders in honour of his late wife.
The couple met at the UO, where Robert, class of 1949, was a fullback on the football team and Jane, class of 1950, was a cheerleader. Robert and Jane Sanders enjoyed great success in the lumber industry, having held businesses in California, Oregon and Washington.
Howe Field was originally built in 1936 as the home of Oregon baseball and was converted to a softball stadium in 1987.
Portland-based architecture firm SRG is the architect on the project, with Howard S. Wright the general contractor.
SRG has already had some experience working on the Oregon campus. They’ve previously designed UO’s Lillis Business Complex, the Hillsboro Hops’ 4,500-seat Ron Tonkin Field and the University of Washington’s 2,500-seat Husky Ballpark – opened in Spring 2014 – among many other major projects completed throughout the 40 years since the company was founded.