The city of Corvallis - "the Heart of the Valley" - is located in the center of Oregon's Willamette Valley, close to the Portland and Eugene metropolitan areas, the Oregon Coast, and the Coast and Cascade mountain ranges. Corvallis has a residential population of 55,370 and is the home of Oregon State University, one of only two Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, Space-Grant and Sun-Grant universities in the United States.
Corvallis has been regularly recognized as one of the best college towns and one of the top-ten places to live in the country.
Corvallis could also stake a legitimate claim to being the epicenter of Oregon baseball.
The Corvallis Knights, hosts of the Oregon All-Star Series, have been one of the strongest and most successful franchises in the West Coast League since its 2005 inception. The Knights won the WCL's West Division in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013; won its Divisional Playoff Series in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013; and won the WCL title in 2008, 2011 and 2013.
The hometown Oregon State Beavers have transformed themselves from a regional power into a national power under head coach Pat Casey. Over the past eight seasons, the Beavers - who have played their home games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field since 1907 - captured the 2006 and 2007 NCAA titles, advanced to the 2005 and 2013 College World Series, won the 2005, 2006 and 2013 Pacific-10 Conference championships, and participated in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA tournaments.
Corvallis High School and Crescent Valley High School have long fielded competitive programs and produced major-league alums Dave Roberts, Harold Reynolds, Don Reynolds, Jim Wilson, and current Baltimore Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg.
The Corvallis American Legion program, now sponsored by T. Gerding Construction after many years of support by Richey's Market, twice has hosted the American Legion World Series, and the Marketmen have advanced to the American Legion World Series three times.
Who are the Corvallis Knights, the All-Star Series Hosts?
The Corvallis Knights are a summer wood-bat amateur baseball team for players with remaining college eligibility.
They compete in the West Coast League, a 11-member league established in 2005 with teams throughout the Pacific Northwest. Members are located in Corvallis, Bend, Gresham, Oregon; in Kelso/Longview, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Silverdale (Bremerton), Yakima and Bellingham, Washington, and in Kelowna and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
The Knights' home is Goss Stadium on the Oregon State campus. The team plays a 54-game WCL schedule, followed by two rounds of playoffs; the season starts in early June and runs through mid-August. Players stay with host families in the community.
For more information on the Corvallis Knights, visit www.corvallisknights.com.
Where to Stay
There are many hotels, motels, bed & breakfast locations and campgrounds to stay at while visiting Corvallis, in every price range. The Hilton Garden Inn, near Goss Stadium across from Reser Stadium on Western Boulevard, and the Holiday Inn Express are official sponsors of the Knights and the Oregon All-Star Series.
For a complete listing of Corvallis-area lodging options and to book a room, click here.
Where to Eat
Numerous dining options are available in Corvallis, ranging from fast food to gourmet dining.
Knights' sponsors in Corvallis are the Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery, Caves, University Hero, Qdoba, McDonald's, Papa's Pizza Parlor, Tommy's, American Dream Pizza, Woodstock's Pizza, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Yogurt Extreme and Papa John's.
For a complete listing of Corvallis-area restaurants, click here.
How to Find Goss Stadium
FROM I-5: Take exit 228 west to Corvallis. After crossing the Willamette River, turn left on Fifth Street, turn right on Jefferson Avenue, turn left at the stoplight on 15th Street, and turn right on Washington Way. Go west for 1/4 mile. Goss Stadium will be on your right.
FROM U.S. HIGHWAY 99W: Turn west onto Western Avenue (left turn from the south, right turn from the north). Turn right on 15th Street, turn left on Washington Way just after the railroad track, and go west for 1/4 mile. Goss Stadium will be on your right.
FROM U.S. HIGHWAY 20: Turn right (from the north) or left (from the south) at the stoplight at 26th Street. Head north and turn left on Washington Way, just past the railroad tracks, and go west for 1/4 mile. Goss Stadium will be on your right.
Where to Park
All Oregon State non-metered parking lots are free and open to the public during the summer. The parking garage is across Washington Way from Goss Stadium. There are also parking lots east of Goss Stadium, behind the left-field fence; south of Goss Stadium, across Washington Way, and adjacent to nearby Gill Coliseum.
What to Do
There's much to do in the Corvallis area, ranging from winery tours, Saturday market, arts and culture, outdoor recreation, historical tours, campus tours, and much more.
For more information on stuff to do, click here.