Built in 1998 in conjunction with the Ed Moshofsky Sports Complex, Pape’ Field stands out as one of the nation’s finest collegiate soccer venues and is home to the University of Oregon womens' soccer and lacrosse programs.
The 81,000-square-foot field sits adjacent to three football practice fields that encompass a total of 265,000 square feet, with the entire area also utilized by other varsity teams during off-season conditioning. The soccer playing field’s dimensions of 75 yards x 120 yards comfortably meet the NCAA standards for width (not larger than 80 yards or less than 65), and length (not more than 120 yards or less than 110). Pape’ field’s dimensions also accommodate our newest sport nicely, as an area of 120 yards by 70 yards is desirable for lacrosse play. For lacrosse games, visual guidelines are placed along the edges of the field to aide in officiating.
The seating area was added in 1999, and hosted a record 2,055 fans at the Civil War soccer game on October 15, 2004. The venue also features concession areas, restrooms, ticket booths, and a sheltered press row and scorer area with seating for 20.
The 2002 season welcomed the addition of field lights, and Duck soccer played its first night game vs. Gonzaga on September 6. Athletes can now practice outdoors 24-7 the entire year, or can easily shift indoors to the adjacent Ed Moshofsky Sports Center, the first and still-finest all-weather indoor facility on the West Coast.
Pape’ Field’s natural grass playing surface is regarded as one of the best on the West Coast. The grass was grown from an original blend of Perennial Ryegrass (80 percent) and Kentucky Bluegrass (20 percent), and all seed was locally grown in Linn County at Malpass Farms in Harrisburg, Ore. Currently, the field is maintained at a mowing height of 1.125 inches, and is cut 4-5 times per week during the growing months.
Underneath the turf, the underlying drainage system is equally state-of-the art, with a herringbone design and lateral piping every 15 feet, atop a sand base that facilitates quick drainage. The root zone is 12 inches of modified USGA blend sand from the Columbia River Basin, and lies over a 4-inch gravel blanket. This system, when first installed, had a percolation rate of 14 inches per hour.
A fully automatic Rainbird irrigation unit is also permanently in place, and its 64 heads provide a 1/4 inch of water in 45 minutes.
Other field of play dimensions follow: goal area (20 x 6 yards), penalty kick line (12 yards), goal box (44 x18 yards), circle (10-yard radius), coach/team boxes (20 yards wide).
Courtesy: University of Oregon
Release Date: 08/05/2003