The Jack and Rhodine Gifford Hitting Facility

The Jack and Rhodine Gifford Hitting Facility spans 10,500-square feet and features an adjustable interior design to accommodate as many as five hitting cages at once. In addition, the practice complex houses a spacious tee area and moving nets that allow ample space for defensive drills.

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The UCLA baseball program's hitting facility was generously funded by the late Jack Gifford and his wife Rhodine. Jack played first base for the Bruins in the early 1960s and became one of the program's most enthusiastic supporters after graduating from UCLA in 1963.

The Gifford Hitting Facility stretches behind the outfield fence from the scoreboard in right-center field toward the foul pole down the right-field line. The facility's dimensions are 70-feet wide, 150-feet long and 23-feet high. The 10,500-square foot design allows for two 30-x-70 foot cages and three 20-x-60 foot cages, all of which feature retractable netting. On the interior, the practice complex features skylighting and state-of-the-art light fixtures.

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The hitting facility was completed in less than two months. After having broken ground in mid-December 2008, construction crews finished all work on the practice complex by February 2009.

Construction Photogallery (Dec. 2008 - Feb. 2009)