Seaside Stories

Broadway Field is a Community Gem

September 2, 2012 | by Jon Rahl

This past week was a typical one in Seaside. With the summer season slowly winding down, the streets, beaches and roadways were busy with people enjoying late-August weather. Locals were making final preparations for the first days of school while others were both ending and beginning their respective sports seasons.

Very few structures allow for a multitude of sports to be played on its surface, but the recently-renovated Broadway Field in Seaside is one of those places. Baseball, soccer, rugby, softball and football are just a handful of the events the new artificial turf is perfect for (and has already hosted). Softball and football games happening over the span of 24 hours in Seaside last week is just one of the reasons I’m so excited about this evolving facility located just off Highway 101.

Last October, the much-anticipated dream of this facility happening became  reality when Seaside High School opened Broadway Field with its first home football game of the 2011 season. The game, played against visiting Yamhill-Carlton, was a loss in the record books, but it ushered in a new era of sports in this Clatsop County community of 6,500.

Over the past 11 months construction continued on the facility as the turf around the baseball/softball field was laid, dugouts were built and bleachers were added or moved to accommodate the transformed complex. But the biggest addition was when enough community money was raised (approximately $180,000) to lift six light standards into the sky this past July so that events could happen throughout the year and well into the evening hours.

That final hurdle is what made this past Thursday (softball) and Friday (football) possible in Seaside. Recreational softball games aren’t new to community residents, but playing them under a beautifully lit, state-of-the-art structure is. The same goes for football. Last year’s games were played on the new field, but games were finished before dark since lights had yet to be added.

The results of those games really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but I’ll tell you that my team came out on the losing end of the softball game while the Seaside varsity football team defeated visiting Warrenton 50-0. Ultimately though, we’re all winners when it comes to being able to utilize Broadway Field. Football and soccer games will be played here this fall and a rugby match between Oregon State and Willamette University is scheduled for October 20.

On your next visit to Seaside, stop by and marvel at this fantastic gem in our community. And if you’re lucky enough to participate in an activity on the field, soak it all in. The facility is a community dream with lots of local equity poured into its development. See you in Seaside!

Leave a Reply

and so much more!

Still Room for Improvement in Customer Service

Excellence in customer service awards results for 2015

Learn More
Supersize Me!

A brief look at Seaside's past sweets and treats

Learn More
SOLV Beach Clean Up

When I look at our beaches I don’t see garbage. I see a breathtaking coastline, and I think how lucky we are to have such pristine beauty right in our own backyard. I believe most beachgoers, both locals and tourists, are conscientious about disposing their refuse properly after a day playing on the beach. So why do we have the SOLV beach cleanup twice a year?

Learn More
Burgers and a beer at U Street Pub & Eatery
Big Burgers You’ll Want to Brag About

Seaside is, of course, known for its fresh seafood. Dozens of restaurants have clam chowders and local razor clams on the menu. Bu...

Learn More
Seaside Inside for Kids

Seaside is known for a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy during most of the year and it’s not uncommon to have a 60-plu...

Learn More
Making Seaside Beautiful: Gardens

Seeking help on starting a garden plot sent me in search of Pam Fleming, whose reputation as a resource on Seaside’s Gardens was a bit understated as I was to discover. I met her at the Grand Opening of Back Alley Gardens (find by walking through Natural Nook Florists 734 Broadway).

Learn More
A Beach Bicycle Built for Two

Beach Bike Rentals in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
How to Start Cycling In Seaside

Few places in the Pacific Northwest are as primed for pedal-powered exploration as Seaside. I should know since I’ve ridden abou...

Learn More
Alcohol Server Training at Clatsop Community College

Alcohol server training certificate at Clatsop Community College in South County Center

Learn More
After the Storm

A look at a storm from the early 1900s in Seaside

Learn More
Seaside Skatepark

The Seaside Skatepark (also called the PTR “Hometown Park”) has a unique history. It was opened in June of 2007, and was built by Placed to Ride. The owner of Placed to Ride, Stefan Hauser, lives here in Seaside.

Learn More
Children feed the Harbor Seals at the Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, Oregon.
How to Seaside Inside

Don’t get us wrong: Plenty of beach lovers come to Seaside in the cooler, drizzlier months to enjoy the great outdoors. That’s...

Learn More
Seaside is Dressing Up for the Holidays

Seaside, Oregon preparations for the holiday season

Learn More
Measuring Seaside’s Success

The barometer for marketing and advertising success of a destination can be tough to measure. There are several metrics we have ac...

Learn More
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Seaside

Seaside has many treasures “hidden” before our very eyes, ones we may take for granted because we don’t fully grasp their importance.

Learn More
Ice cream time in Seaside, Oregon
An Adventure to Share

A winning family vacation in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Promenade Meandering

Strolling on the promenade in Seaside is a time-honored tradition on the Oregon Coast

Learn More