Jan. 19, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball program has completed installation of 580 chairback seats at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium and 36 new lockers in the team's clubhouse, allowing the ballpark to support as many as 1,820 fans on a regular basis.
The completed renovations come one month before UCLA opens its season with a three-game home series against Maryland on Friday, Feb. 17.
"The entire UCLA baseball family, as well as our fan base, will benefit from these renovations to our stadium and clubhouse," head coach John Savage said. "There have been many people involved, and we appreciate everyone who helped make this happen."
The conclusion of the seat renovation has brought the total number of chairback seats at Jackie Robinson Stadium to 1,525. The facility can hold as many as 1,820 fans with the inclusion of bleacher seating above the third base side.
The baseball program removed a partial wall in its locker room, increasing the square footage, and installed 36 new lockers in the clubhouse. In addition, the clubhouse floor features state-of-the-art interior artificial turf with the Bruins' primary logo in the center.
UCLA replaced a vacant locker room in its clubhouse building with an upgraded training room. Additionally, the Bruins installed a new synthetic warning track spanning from dugout to dugout in foul territory.
The seat expansion and locker room renovation projects are the latest in a recent string of major improvements to Jackie Robinson Stadium since Savage became the program's head coach in July 2004:
Replacing benches in seating well with 945 chairback seats with cupholders (February 2006)
Installing a high-quality backstop net, free of any obstruction (January 2007)
Field renovation, featuring a new state-of-the-art field surface and warning track (December 2007)
Construction of the 10,500-square foot, multi-purpose Gifford Hitting Facility (January 2009)
Addition of bleacher seating (capacity of 290) behind the third-base seating well (April 2010)
Jackie Robinson Stadium opens its 32nd season as the Bruins' home baseball facility in 2012. UCLA has hosted the NCAA Los Angeles Regional at Jackie Robinson Stadium the last two seasons, in addition to the NCAA Los Angeles Super Regional in June 2010. The ballpark averaged 1,161 fans in 2010, the program's highest-ever single-season attendance average.