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On this day in 2016, University of Oregon Ducks christen new softball stadium

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON ATHLETICS - Jane Sanders StadiumMarch 26, 2016

On the site of the former Howe Field, at the corner of 18th Avenue and University Street in Eugene, the University of Oregon unveils its sparkling new softball ballpark — Jane Sanders Stadium.

The $17.2 million facility opens with a game featuring the No. 4-ranked Ducks against Stanford.

Oregon wins 2-0 in the three-game series opener.

All th games are sold out.

Cheridan Hawkins strikes out 14 Cardinals as Oregon improvs to 24-4 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-12.

But the story is Sanders Stadium, with marked improvements in seating and amenities, including locker rooms for the players, 1,438 permanent seats, suites, a $250,000 video board, a clay infield and an artificial turf outfield, oh, and 37 permanent restrooms.

Bob Sanders donated $16 to get the stadium project started. He and his late wife, Jane, graduated from Oregon after meeting there in the 1940s. He was a fullback, she was a cheerleader.

Daughter Molly Sanders throws out the ceremonial first pitch.


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