Jane Sanders Softball Stadium
Studio: SRG Partnership, Inc.
Project: Jane Sanders Softball Stadium
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Project Category: Caring
Photo credits: Lawrence Anderson
University of Oregon asked us to create the best fan & player experience in collegiate athletics. Before Jane Sanders Stadium, the softball team practiced in a shared facility, trained & received medical support in another, and played games at a third location.
The new facility is designed to connect these functions visually and physically. Athletes can work-out throughout the day in a state-of-the-art practice and training facility that is adjacent to the playing field. Integrated technology helps athletes reach their full potential. With one major design move on the site – pushing the stadium back from the street and compressing its scale – the team created a new plaza & opened space for future academic use.
There is now a more welcoming entry sequence and a more intimate fan experience. The entry plaza also integrates the stadium with the rest of the university, connecting the site to a popular student pathway. Bold yellows pop out from the black façade of the box office & team building.
The iconic wing-shaped canopy has become synonymous with Oregon softball’s innovative brand. Key themes – stealth, feathers, the Sanders Family’s ties to the local wood industry, and the team’s industrious activities –drove the design of the stadium, creating a unique and identifiable visual articulation of the UO softball story. The Stadium was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.