Structure at Lincoln Park is renamed in honor of Pacific benefactors Rich and Joy Hanson

The facility has a new look with its attractive new roof, and now Lincoln Park Stadium will carry a new name to honor the benefactors who made that roof possible.

Lincoln Park Stadium was officially renamed Hanson Stadium by a vote of the Pacific University Board of Trustees in May. The renaming honors Rich and Joy Hanson, who have made a number of significant contributions to the university’s athletic programs and facilities. The stadium will be rededicated in a ceremony during Pacific’s football home opener against the College of Idaho on Sept. 6.

“I could not be happier that we can honor the Hansons with the naming of our stadium in their honor,” said Ken Schumann, Pacific’s athletic director. “Rich’s leadership has made it possible for us to advance our programs and facilities and create a better experience for all of our student-athletes. I am personally very grateful for their tremendous support of Boxer athletics.”

The Hansons provided the leadership gifts for the construction of the roof over Hanson Stadium, which has been ongoing this summer and will be completed for the start of the 2014-15 athletics year. The estimated cost of the project — which is being managed and constructed by Inici Group and Walsh Construction, respective — is $1.7 million. Pacific also managed a fundraising campaign to help with costs.

As for the Hansons, the couple also has contributed to the return of the football program, to the installation of the FieldTurf surface in the Stoller Center field house, and to the development of the Boxer Learning Center.

A member of the Pacific University Board of Trustees since 2005, Rich Hanson also provided assistance in starting the university’s College of Business.

“Rich and Joy Hanson have held Pacific University dear to their hearts for many years, and we are most grateful for their continued generosity and leadership,” said Pacific University President Lesley Hallick.

Both Hansons are natives of Forest Grove and currently reside in Longbranch, Wash. Rich Hanson graduated from the University of Oregon in 1965, after which he spent his entire professional career with Weyerhaeuser, retiring in 2008 as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Hanson also has been a board member or director with Associated Oregon Industries, the Mountains to Sound Greenway project, the Oregon Business Council, the Oregon Forest Industries Council, the Oregon State University Forest Research Laboratory, the Oregon Zoo, SOLV, the U.S.-China Business Council and the World Forestry Center.

Completed in 2007, Hanson Stadium is one of three facilities that comprise the Lincoln Park Athletic Complex. Built jointly with the City of Forest Grove, the complex also includes Chuck Bafaro Stadium at Bond Field, used for baseball, and Sherman/Larkins Stadium, used for softball. Hanson Stadium is the home facility for Pacific’s football, soccer, women’s lacrosse, and track and field programs. It is also used by numerous community groups.

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