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!

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
Celebrate the Holidays in Seaside

Celebrate the holiday season — Seaside-style! That means escaping the frenetic holiday bustle and slowing down to enjoy the sigh...

Learn More
Elevated View

The highest point in Seaside, Oregon in the 1920s.

Learn More
Golden Age Arcade

Seaside's classic golden age arcade.

Learn More
Seaside Nightlife

Above photo: A group enjoys some live music in a photo by Don Frank. Some visitors come to Seaside for the beach, some for the att...

Learn More
Tillamook Head Trail
Seaside’s Very Own Rainforest: Tillamook Head

Hiking the Tillamook Head trail offers pure bliss for this local hiker

Learn More
Top Take-Out Spots in Seaside

Maybe you need a quick breakfast to fuel your day’s adventure? Or you’re hungry for dinner but too tired to venture out of you...

Learn More
Find a Beach Path Less Traveled By

A Sunday stroll along the beach at 12th Avenue in Seaside, Oregon

Learn More
Shopper’s Delight: Selnes Grocery

The hustle and bustle of Holiday shopping in Seaside circa 1926 was not nearly the same as it today.

Learn More
Seaside Lifeguards: A Fond Seasonal Farewell

Can you believe it’s almost Labor Day Weekend? Don’t fret!  We’re still probably in for some dynamic weather throughout Sep...

Learn More
Color Now Bursting on the Coast

Pick up a colorful bouquet of summer dahlias at roadside stands along Highway 101 and other coast highways

Learn More
Churches in Seaside

The buzz of summer is in the air as Seaside welcomes ever-increasing waves of visitors, happily sharing the beauty and bounty of our coastal getaway. As numbers increase on sidewalks, in shops, on roads and in restaurants, our local houses of worship also expand. Some folks desire a peaceful respite during a busy vacation; brides anxiously check out venues for future nuptials; history buffs enjoy the areas older churches; and some just enjoy connecting and worshiping with others of like-minded faith.

Learn More
“Gee, the Water’s Fine”

A trip to the beach is not only fun, it's good for your health!

Learn More
Read These Oregon Coast Page-Turners

A good book and the beach — there may be no better combination. Opened in 2005, Beach Books is a local institution where you ca...

Learn More
How to Bike Seaside in Every Season

If you like to ride a bike, there’s something for everyone in Seaside and something for every season, too. Be it a family of five, an avid mountain biker, friends on a weekend outing, a couple on a date, or someone who likes to combine biking and outdoor exploration, Seaside’s trails and roads, paved and otherwise, have you covered. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy biking in Seaside throughout the year. Here are some great biking experiences recent visitors have enjoyed in and around Seaside. Get inspired to plan your own trip.

Learn More
Beach Books is an independent book store in Seaside, Oregon.
Where to Shop for Souvenirs in Seaside

Hunting for bargains? Searching for Seaside souvenirs? Seeking one-of-a-kind gifts? You’ve come to the right place. To your deli...

Learn More
Saddle Mountain State Park Excursion

A day trip to Saddle Mountain adds diversity to Seaside as a destination vacation.

Learn More
Stop and Smell the Roses

Spending a little time with Seaside's pocket gardens

Learn More