Many existing sports groups, both youth groups and adult recreational leagues, have expressed interest in using both the indoor gyms and the turf field that are planned for the Civic site. We expect the field will be in use at least 300 days per year, and the gyms even more.
The field house
The new field house at Civic Park will serve as the base of operations for Kidsports and the 15,000 children who participate in their programs each year. With multiple courts, the Kidsports program will include basketball, volleyball, pickleball, badminton, and other indoor sports.
Staff will be able to conduct training sessions for coaches. These sessions will enable coaches to provide their players with a stronger foundation in both their sport-specific skills and their overall physical literacy. There will also be time and space to host sports camps, tournaments, and events year-round.
The field house will bring a new game to Eugene — Futsal — an indoor soccer game played on a basketball court. Futsal is the most popular sport in Brazil and is quickly gaining popularity in the United States. While there are a few futsal courts in Oregon, the Kidsports field house will be the first place in Eugene to offer courts and a complete schedule for recreational users.
The turf field
Eugene has less than 25 percent of the field space that is recommended for a city its size. The Oregon Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan recommends that a city of Eugene’s size have about 1,600 acres of athletic fields. Eugene has 417 acres of Developed Park, which includes not only fields, but also playgrounds and picnic areas, and many of those acres are part of the Sheldon, Churchill and Cal Young Sports Parks.
A wide variety of local club and recreational sports organizations have said they are interested in using the Civic field. They include Azul, a semi-pro women’s soccer team; City of Eugene recreational leagues in soccer and Ultimate; Eugene Timbers youth soccer clubs, Kidsports soccer, lacrosse and football; local rugby clubs; and Northwest Christian University men’s and women’s soccer teams.
Additionally, the local semi-pro men’s soccer team, Lane United FC, will be a year-round anchor tenant. The team plays in the Premier Development League (PDL) of the United Soccer League. The PDL is comparable to AA minor league baseball. In 2014, the team’s inaugural year, it won the PDL Rookie Franchise of the Year award. Aside from its own games and practices, the team runs youth soccer camps and a recreational 30+ soccer league.