Oregon baseball fans will get their first look at an updated PK Park on Friday when the Ducks host St. John’s in their 2022 home opener.
The ballpark features a brand new playing surface with the latest in baseball field technology from FieldTurf, including updated graphics. The new turf replaces the turf that was originally installed when the ballpark opened for the return of baseball in 2009.
PK Park’s new look also includes changes to the outfield wall. The center-field fence and the power alleys in left-center field and right-center field have been moved in 10 feet from the original design and lowered in height from eight feet to six-and-a half feet from the left-field line to the right-center field gap. The fence in front of the Ducks’ bullpen in right field has been raised from four feet to six-and-a-half feet to match the rest of the outfield wall.
Outfield wall padding features updated Oregon graphics, while program recognition banners will soon be added to the outfield light towers featuring the Oregon Baseball program and student-athlete achievements.
A state-of-the-art 60-feet by 26.4-feet video board featuring the latest video technology from Daktronics is in the process of being installed behind the left-center field wall and will be finished and operational in late March. The new video board will replace the existing video board that debuted when the park opened in 2009.
“Through the tremendous commitment of athletic director Rob Mullens and associate athletic director Eric Roedl, and the incredible donations by Pat Kilkenny and numerous other huge supporters of our program, PK Park has never been a more ‘state of the art’ facility,” Oregon head coach Mark Wasikowski said. “Industry leader FieldTurf has installed a visually stunning new playing surface that will play with the same speed and consistency of natural grass. A facility wide graphical design plan created by Todd Van Horn will highlight the program’s history, former All-Americans, Major Leaguers, and Nike’s influence.
“The slight adjustment in dimensions and fence height will increase offensive output and dynamic outfield play,” Wasikowski continued. “Additionally, one of the largest video boards in college baseball will allow fans to have an intimate and interactive experience that only a very few college baseball programs nationally can offer. These enhancements coupled with the massive technology upgrades completed a year ago, will provide top recruits with one of the premier player development facilities in the country.”
Source: University of Oregon