Jane Sanders Stadium at a Glance
ABOUT JANE SANDERS STADIUM
The Ducks started tearing down Howe Field on Tuesday, May 26, and constructed new Jane Sanders Stadium in its place, spurred on by $16 million in gifts from UO alum Bob Sanders in honor of his late wife. Oregon broke ground on the new stadium in a ceremony on June 4, 2015.
Bob and Jane met at the UO, where Bob, class of 1951, was a fullback on the football team and Jane, class of 1950, was a cheerleader. Bob and Jane Sanders enjoyed great success in the lumber industry, with businesses in California, Oregon and Washington.
The stadium will be ready for the Ducks’ first home Pac-12 series in March 2016. In addition to Sanders’ $16 million gift, former softball head coach and UO administrator Becky Sisley announced a matching gift challenge for the stadium fund on May 1. Sisley matched all other donations, up to $200,000, for the stadium project until Oct. 1.
Jane Sanders Stadium features 1,500 permanent seats with room to add up to 1,000 more seats with outfield bleachers for postseason games. In Oregon's final game at Howe Field, against NC State on May 23, a record 2,061 fans packed the old stadium. Oregon averaged 1,198 fans per home game in 2015.
A team meeting room, locker room, film room, training room and other amenities will be built under the concourse while an indoor practice center with batting cages, pitching lanes and an infield will be constructed down the third base line. The field with be artificial turf with a real dirt infield. For fans, a roof will cover more than 500 seats behind home plate and a state-of-the-art videoboard will be installed, in addition to all the modern restroom and concession facilities Howe Field lacked.
Howe Field was originally built in 1936 as the home of Oregon baseball and was converted to a softball stadium in 1987.
SRG is the architect and Howard S. Wright is the general contractor.
DIRECTIONS TO JANE SANDERS STADIUM
From I-5 North
From I-5 South
Parking is available next to the venue, with metered restrictions in effect Monday-Saturday, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, and some 24-hour restricted spots in posted areas nearby.