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Lincoln Park Stadium gets facelift

Pacific University raises funds to add a roof to the stadium's grandstands


by: COURTESY PHOTO: PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
 - An artist's rendering shows what the roof covering the grandstands at Lincoln Park Stadium will look like when it's finished later this summer.Lincoln Park Stadium is going to be sporting a new profile soon.

Construction crews are hard at work preparing to install a new roof over the main grandstands at the facility, and Pacific University officials expect the project will be completed in time for the start of the fall sports season.

The new roof will be a boon to Boxer fans, providing shade to those who sit in the aluminum stands during the hot summer months and relief from the rain during the rest of the year, adding yet another amenity to a quality facility.

The time span for the project has been remarkably brief. Pacific University media relations director Joe Lang said that fundraising for the roof began in late August 2013, not long before the recently completed school year began.

Assuming the project is finished on time, it will have taken just about a year from the start of fundraising efforts to the completion of construction, which is being managed and performed by Inici Group and Walsh Construction, respectively.

The grandstands themselves are on university property, so Pacific is in charge of the project. The rest of the facility, heading north, sits on land owned by the city. Tom Gamble, the Forest Grove Parks and Recreation director, said that the property line is located roughly at lane eight, the outside lane of the track.

“We’re really, really fortunate and proud to partner with the city, and so we think that having this amenity, a covered stadium, will hopefully be more attractive to attract events, not just university events, but ... maybe perhaps some other events,” Lang said.

The project’s estimated cost is $1.7 million, and a “significant amount of that figure” has already been raised, Lang said. According to information about the project on the school’s athletics website, goboxers.com, $400,000 toward the cost had already been raised by October of last year, just months after fundraising commenced.

Lang said that Richard and Joy Hanson provided a lead gift for the project and that the stadium itself will be renamed Hanson Stadium in their honor — officially before or during halftime of the Pacific football team’s season opener against the College of Idaho on Sept. 6.

Richard Hanson is retired from Weyerhaeuser Company, where he was executive vice president and chief operating officer. The Hansons reside in Longbranch, Wash., an unincorporated community on the Key Peninsula west of Tacoma. Hanson has served on the university’s Board of Trustees since 2005, Lang said, and has lent support to Pacific’s athletic programs and relatively new business school.Lincoln Park Stadium is currently under construction.

The Lincoln Park facility is home to a number of Boxers sports teams — football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s track and field — and also is the site for Pacific’s annual commencement ceremonies in addition to other activities and events, including several Portland Timbers and Thorns soccer camps that will take place this month.

Gamble sees the new roof as a win-win situation. He said that part of the track will be closed at one point of installation, but otherwise the facility will remain open.

“We’re excited about it, and I think there’s little if any interruption to our regular programs,” Gamble noted. “People have had to get used to a different bathroom being open and a gate being open here or there that usually is not, but other than that, we’re excited that it’s happening.”

And it’s happening fast, because even though it is currently the height of summer — with the temperatures to prove it — the fall sports season is not that far away.

The Pacific soccer teams open up at home even earlier than the football squad. Both teams will play exhibitions against alumni squads on Aug. 24 before officially opening the season at home on Aug. 29. The Boxer women welcome La Verne from California for a late-morning contest, while the men will face Multnomah that afternoon.

For more information about the roof project — including a short video and a link about donation information — visit goboxers.com.



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