Nov. 21, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball program has begun a major renovation of the field at Jackie Robinson Stadium, head coach John Savage announced this week. A major-league field surface will be installed by mid-January, and the field will be ready in time for the Bruins' 2008 season.
"Everyone in our program is very excited about the renovation of our playing surface," Savage said. "This major-league surface will be a tremendous asset for the future. All Bruins will be very proud of this facility when the renovation is completed. Future Bruins will be playing at one of the best facilities in the West."
Jackie Robinson Stadium, home to UCLA baseball since 1981, will not only feature new grass sod, but will also accommodate a new, 15-foot-wide dirt warning track met by a synthetic track in foul territory, spanning from dugout to dugout.
Other field improvements include the installation of a synthetic grass surface in both bullpens.
The field renovation is the latest upgrade to Jackie Robinson Stadium since UCLA installed a state-of-the-art net behind home plate prior to the 2007 season. At the start of UCLA's 2006 campaign, over 1,000 chairback seats with cupholders replaced the stadium's bench seating.
The UCLA baseball team returns to action on the renovated field for its annual Alumni Game, slated for Saturday, Feb. 2. The Bruins open their regular season Friday, Feb. 22, at Jackie Robinson Stadium with a three-game series against the Oklahoma Sooners.