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Drake Stadium - Home Of Bruin Track And Field/Soccer



  • Directions to Drake Stadium
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    Drake Stadium, one of the finest track and field facilities in the world, is now in its 38th season as the on-campus home of the Bruin men's and women's track and field teams.

    The stadium took on a new look (August-December 1999) when it was transformed into a state-of-the-art soccer/track and fi eld facility, adding the Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium. The stadium provides seating for 11,700 spectators. The cost of the project was $1.5 million and was made possible by a lead gi.. from Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy. All the money was raised from private funds; no state money was utilized.


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    The track in the facility has been converted from a conventional American 400-yard eight-lane oval with a 106-degree radius turn to a new European 400-meter nine-lane (48" width lane) with a 136 degree radius on the turn. The surface is tartan provided by Martin Surfacing. There is 13mm of surface material on top of an asphalt base. A track/fi eld drainage system is fl ush mounted to the inside of lane one. Also on the inside of lane one is an electrical/ timing chase that will house the Lynx timing system for the track.

    Other track and fi eld enhancements include: the steeplechase pit has been moved "inboard" of the track on the north turn; the fi eld events include shot, discus and hammer rings at both the north and south ends of the infi eld and a javelin runway is also located on both ends to accommodate for the prevailing winds for all these events. In addition, the high jump was moved to the south end of the track stadium on its own tartan surface. The north end of the facility has practice pits for the shot, hammer and discus. The stadium has four long/triple jump pits, featuring 38-foot-long sand-fi lled pits. There are two practice pole vault pits and one infi eld runway that can accomodate the pit on either the north or south end to take advantage of the wind.


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    Thanks to the change in the confi guration of the track, the grass infi eld is now wide enough to house a regulation 75-yard by 120-yard soccer fi eld, the Frank W. Marshall Field.

    Another enhancement for Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium is a scoreboard which measures 25-feet high by 29-feet wide and costs $180,000. The new board was a gi.. of Kay and Paul Seider. It is a matrix board, allowing for scoring and statistics to be presented for track and fi eld, soccer and football. The system can be connected to the Lynx timing system, which will give instant time and place information for race fi nishes. The board will always keep the time of day and has the capability of measuring and displaying temperature and wind direction/speed for track meets.


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    Since its inaugural meet on Feb. 22, 1969, the stadium has been the site of numerous championship meets, including the National AAU in 1976-77-78, the Pacifi c-8 Championships in 1970 and 1977 and the California CIF High School meet in 1969-71-77. On May 21-22, 1988, Drake Stadium hosted the Pacifi c-10 Track and Field Championships, and on April 30-May 1, 1994, the facility hosted the fi rst-ever California-Nevada Championships.


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    Drake Stadium again hosted the Pacifi c-10 Track and Field Championships on May 11-12, 1996 (decathlon-heptathlon) and May 18-19, 1996 (championships). In May 2005, Drake Stadium will again host the Pac-10 Championships. The stadium has also been the home for UCLA women's track teams since 1975. It was the site of the National Collegiate T&F Championships (the AIAW) in 1977. It is also used each year for special campus events, such as the annual UCLA Commencement Exercises in June.

    In 1973, it was offi cially named Drake Stadium in honor of a legend at UCLA, Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake, who had been associated with his alma mater as a student-athlete, track coach and athletic trainer for over 60 years. Drake died in Los Angeles of a heart a.. ack on Dec. 23, 1988. He was 85. In 2004, Drake was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame.







    Directions to Drake Stadium

    DRAKE STADIUM
    555 Westwood Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA 90095

    Cars and vans may park for $8 per vehicle in Lot 6, 7 or Lot 4. Parking attendants are available at the entrance to each lot approximately one hour prior to most UCLA Athletic events. Early arrivals should visit the parking kiosks to obtain parking passes (Westwood Blvd. kiosk for Lot 6 and North Westwood Plaza kiosk for Lot 4). Buses with E-plates park for free and should visit the parking kiosk on Westwood Blvd. for more information.

    Lot 6
    From 405 Freeway: Exit Wilshire Blvd. east. Turn left on Westwood Blvd. Proceed through several lights on to the UCLA Campus. Westwood Blvd. will dead-end at Lot 6.

    From 10 Freeway: Exit 405 Freeway going north. Exit Wilshire Blvd. east. Turn left on Westwood Blvd. Proceed through several lights on to the UCLA Campus. Westwood Blvd. will dead-end at Lot 6.

    Lot 4
    From 405 Freeway: Exit Sunset Blvd. east. Proceed east on Sunset for approximately two miles. Turn right on Westwood Plaza. Continue straight down into Lot 4.

    From 10 Freeway: Exit 405 Freeway going north. Exit Sunset Blvd. east. Proceed east on Sunset for approximately two miles. Turn right on Westwood Plaza. Continue straight down into Lot 4.


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