The Pilots officially opened the new Joe Etzel field with a doubleheader against Seattle University on Sunday, Feb. 21. Portland won the second game by a 7-0 margin, highlighted by a grand slam from Jake Holcroft.
The game was the first to be played on the UP campus for the Pilots since May of 2019. Last season the Pilots were forced to play away from campus as the University concluded a three-phase, long-term renovation project of Joe Etzel Field, the home of Portland baseball since 1966. The final and most recent phase of the project features the addition of new seating, concourse, press box, ticketing office, dugouts, and a refreshed plaza surrounding the stadium.
Phase one in 2014 included the installation of AstroTurf, new fencing, bullpens, a scoreboard, and a grass berm for seating down the right field line, and the addition of new lights to the facility were phase two in 2016.