- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Concrete is still wet and crews are still working, but University of Oregon officials say the new softball stadium will be ready for the first pitch in March.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/J7vBW3 ) that the $17.2 million Jane Sanders Stadium is scheduled to be open March 24 for a faceoff between the Ducks and Stanford.

Construction on the new facility began June 4.

Athletic Director Rob Mullens says former Duck football player Bob Sanders donated a $16 million gift for the stadium and former softball coach and administrator Becky Sisley matched donations of up to $200,000.

Mullens says they have raised nearly $17 million in total and are working to find donors to back the remaining $200,000 to $250,000.

Oregon opens the 2016 softball season Feb. 12 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona.

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This story has been corrected to show the name of the stadium is Jane Sanders Stadium, not Jan Sanders Stadium.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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