Fans plan march in support of soccer at Civic Stadium

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Eugene Civic Stadium

EUGENE, Ore. - Fans of the Lane United Football Club plan to march Saturday in support of transforming Eugene Civic Stadium into a venue for competitive soccer.

"We want to draw attention to some of the components the city is not looking at," said Lee Zimmerman, a member of the LUFC fan club The Red Aces.

Zimmerman points to the home of the Portland Timbers, Jeld-Wen Field in Portland.

"The atmosphere is electric," he said. "Businesses are thriving."

For now, the Eugene 4J School District is considering offers from a developer working with retailer Fred Meyer; the Eugene YMCA; and the City of Eugene. The city's offer is contingent on someone dedicating millions to renovate the stadium for use as a sports venue.

Lane United Football Club is a competitive amateur soccer team playing in a leage a few tiers below pros like the Timbers or Seattle's Sounders.

Brothers Dave and John Galas started the team last year as a grassroots effort to bring high-level soccer to eugene.

"We got some investors to step in and buy the franchise," Galas said.

Their season kicks off this summer at the Willamalane Center in Springfield.

"They're doing a major redevelopment out there," Galas said. "They're adding two new turf fields."