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Byline: Ron Bellamy "Rockin'" Ron Bellamy (born December 13, 1964) is an American professional boxer. He is the half-brother of former NBA center Walt Bellamy. Ron also started his career in basketball, playing collegiately at UNC-Charlotte and professionally in New Zealand and Europe.  The Register-Guard

The University of Oregon's new baseball program has received its first Pac-10 schedule, and it shows the Ducks playing their first league game since 1981 on March 27, 2009.

The opponent: Oregon State. The place: In Eugene. Somewhere.

Where the Ducks will play, and whether they'll share a facility with the Eugene Emeralds The Eugene Emeralds (nicknamed the Ems) are a minor league baseball team in Eugene, Oregon, United States. They are a Class A team in the Northwest League, and have been a farm team of the San Diego Padres since 2001. , and whether that facility can be Civic Stadium, was the fundamental topic of a closed meeting Monday at the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. The meeting brought together representatives of the university, the Emeralds, the city of Eugene and the Eugene School District Eugene School District (4J) is a public school district in the U.S. state of Oregon. It serves the city of Eugene Elementary schools
  • Adams Elementary School
  • Alternative Kindergarten
  • Awbrey Park Elementary School
  • Bertha Holt Elementary School
, which owns Civic.

"It was the first time we've all been in one place at one time," said chamber president Dave Hauser, adding, "The good news is that nobody is being dragged to the table in any way, shape or form."

Whether the parties can be dragged, even kicking and screaming, to a solution that makes everybody happy is uncertain, at best. Oregon wants to move fast, and this isn't a community in which things happen fast.

Key issues are whether Civic can be salvaged as a baseball facility, given that the school district has the right to sell the property and no mission to be in the baseball business, and then, just as important, whether that site makes sense for UO baseball, and what would happen if, or perhaps when, Civic is placed on the National Register of Historic Places This article is about the U.S. Register. For the National Register of Historic Places in Canada see Canadian Register of Historic Places.

The National Register of Historic Places
.

"We're not in the business of baseball, but if we could figure out a way ... to have ownership shifted somewhere else and still do baseball, I think the board might be open to looking at that," Eugene schools Superintendent George Russell For other persons named George Russell, see George Russell (disambiguation).

George Allen Russell (born June 23, 1923) is an American jazz pianist, composer and theorist.
 said. "The question would be how would that happen and what would it cost."

To keep baseball - the Ems - at Civic Stadium, Russell believes the school board would, in a sale to another public agency such as the university, be willing to accept less than top dollar. Russell said that at Monday's meeting he promised to get an assessment of what the Civic Stadium property would be worth if placed on the market.

Even if it accepted Civic as a site - a big "if" - Oregon would need to make major changes to Civic, and historic designation could be a complication complication /com·pli·ca·tion/ (kom?pli-ka´shun)
1. disease(s) concurrent with another disease.

2. occurrence of several diseases in the same patient.


com·pli·ca·tion
n.
. "The irony of that whole thing is that might be the deal-breaker," UO AD Pat Kilkenny said. "If it slows us down materially, that could be a significant problem."

Kilkenny said he expressed the university's hope for "an expedient ex·pe·di·ent  
adj.
1. Appropriate to a purpose.

2.
a. Serving to promote one's interest: was merciful only when mercy was expedient.

b.
 solution and hopefully a strategic one. Not one with duct tape duct tape
n.
A usually silver adhesive tape made of cloth mesh coated with a waterproof material, originally designed for sealing heating and air-conditioning ducts.

Noun 1.
 and bubble gum."

One option for Oregon is to build a stadium on property it already owns or controls - other than referring to the vicinity of Autzen Stadium The stadium is tucked between the Willamette River and Coburg Hills. The uniquely shaped bowl blends in with the wooded Eugene landscape. The shape also allows for unique acoustics, making it one of the loudest stadiums in NCAA Football for its capacity. , Kilkenny hasn't been more specific - with the field itself and some temporary amenities to be ready for the 2009 season.

"We want to be a very competitive baseball program really early on, and I think the only thing that's going to stand between us and competing in our conference will be facilities," Kilkenny said. "We have a sense of civic responsibility, too. We're a big part of this community. But ... our threshold for pain is probably a year longer than what we could do building on our own site. In other words Adv. 1. in other words - otherwise stated; "in other words, we are broke"
put differently
, if there was a greater-good solution that everyone could make sense out of, and it slowed it down for one season, we would consider it."

But if Oregon is going to be part of a community solution - ensuring that the Ems have a place to play - then it will expect help.

"We believe everybody has to have financial skin in the game," Kilkenny said, referring to the other stakeholders Stakeholders

All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government.
. "We're not going to make a major capital investment and give them a long-term solution for a community issue without receiving some kind of in-kind investment from them."

Oregon wants to have made a decision on a site by the end of the year. There may yet be some kicking and screaming.
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