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Eugene's Historic Civic Stadium Burns To The Ground

John Stapleton

A fire broke out at Eugene's Civic Stadium around 5:30. Crews responded immediately, but were unable to save the structure. Reporter Desmond O'Boyle spoke with Rachael McDonald, who was at the scene.

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Civic Stadium in flames

The Eugene Civic Alliance, a private non profit group completed the purchase of Civic Stadium last April in a $4.5 million deal involving Eugene School District, the city of Eugene and Market of Choice.  At the time, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy said the stadium's future is bright because of the deal.  The 78-year old stadium  was funded by city voters in 1938 during the Depression.  The federal Works Progress Administration provided labor.  Local lumberyards donated materials. The Stadium was used for high school football and graduations, rodeos, and minor league baseball.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.