While Eugene in the fall turns into a sea of yellow and green tailgaters and in the spring it can seem like everyone is running circles for track and field, the sports enthused town offers more than beer canned football parties and waffle shoes. With some of the most loyal and excited fans, Eugenians get excited for these three alternative community sporting seasons.
Emerald City Rollergirls
Tougher than nail girls with a dash of attitude and style, take to the floor each year to skate circles out of their competition. Don’t think this would be a popular spectator sport – you’re wrong. I attended my first bout this past season and was surprised by the line to get into the stadium that wrapped around the building.
Started in 2006 when a group of local girls heard about the revival of the sport, the Emerald City Rollergirls games have become an exciting past-time in Eugene for locals young and old. Held at the Lane Events Center, attendees can either enjoy sitting in the bleachers surrounding the rink or take to the floor around the boundaries at your own risk to watch close.
The season lasts generally from January to May and tickets cost $12 – $17. For more information on teams, the players, and try outs go to www.emeraldcityrollergirls.net
A junior level hockey team in the Northern Pack Hockey League (they play against Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming), the Eugene Generals hit the ice with force and furry. Eugene announced the formation of this team in 2005 with their first opener in September of that year.
The games are family friendly with concessions and a beer garden to keep everyone happy as the boys take and give hard hits. Competing at the Lane Events Center ice rink, remember to pack your sweater to this event. Single game tickets cost $8. Discounts available for 5-pack, half-season, and season tickets. Games generally start in October and run through the winter.
A minor league baseball team that feeds to the San Diego Padres, the Emeralds (or Em’s as they are commonly known) are a summer tradition in Eugene. On a hot sunny day come out the diamond to see the boys (in their even hotter outfits) strike out their competitors.
Recently moved to the new PK Park (the University of Oregon’s baseball team’s stadium) from Civic Stadium, the comfort and view for fans has improved and so has the wow factor for the games. The regular season also features themed nights, throw-back jerseys, and frequently fireworks. Grab a hot dog, beer and hi- five the mascot, Sluggo, for a base-tastic game.
The Em’s schedule runs June through early September and tickets cost $6-$12. Season ticket discounts available. Check their website for game promotions and schedule. The 2011 season starts on Friday, June 17 with a home game against the Boise Hawks at 7:05pm.