Bye Bye, Stagg Stadium! New Athletics Era to Dawn as Upgrades Are Set to Begin
On Monday, Feb. 24, the university announced that they plan to remove the Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium, located on the western part of campus adjacent from the Alex G. Spanos Center. Construction will begin this week.
“These new facilities will be very important to Pacific’s future success competing in the West Coast Conference (WCC) and instrumental in our ability to recruit top athletes to Pacific. Returning to the WCC and building these state-of-the-art facilities will bring added prestige not only to Pacific Athletics, but to University of the Pacific [as well],” disclosed Ted Leland, vice president for external relations and athletics director, in a release.
Stagg Stadium has been a fixture on campus since its opening in 1950. The stadium has served as home to Pacific’s football team, the headquarters of the San Francisco 49ers’ training camps and the location of various concerts and events in the past. It was built to honor legendary football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg as well as United States military veterans.
However, age and wear have contributed to a decline in usage in recent years.
In the stadium’s place, two new fields and a tennis center will be constructed. One of those fields will be a turf playing area for field hockey.
In the past, teams have declined to play at Pacific because of the lack of a turf field. The first turf field in Pacific athletics history will mean the field hockey team, which played all “home” games in the Bay Area last season, will be able to play in front of the Orange Army again.
A new soccer field will be added in as well. It will serve as the official game field for both the women’s and men’s soccer teams, the latter of which will debut in 2015.
The current game field, Knoles Field, will become a field for practice, training and recreational purposes.
The Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center will be located next to the current parking lot by Stagg Stadium.
Thanks in part to a gift of $1.5 million from Zimmerman ’84, a former standout for the Pacific women’s tennis team, donated last month, the new tennis center will feature 12 courts, a clubhouse, covered player seats and a new scoreboard.
Beginning this week, the project will first see the removal of buildings and abatement of asbestos. Around late April, nearly 125,000 cubic yards of dirt will be removed. Late May will see the rough grading begin and end. The construction of the field for the sport of field is likely to begin in early June.
Construction of the soccer field and tennis complex will begin shortly thereafter.
All materials removed from the site of Stagg Stadium will be recycled, including the dirt. Leland hopes to have the fields dedicated during Homecoming 2014.