Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium
Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium opened its 28th season as UCLA's home baseball field this spring after having undergone significant renovations the past two years. Thanks to a major lead gift from the Steele Foundation in the summer of 2007, the baseball program was able to install a state-of-the-art, major-league playing surface in January 2008. UCLA dedicated the field at Jackie Robinson Stadium in honor of the Steele Foundation on May 3, 2008, prior to a game against Arizona State.
Prior to the 2007 season, UCLA installed a major-league quality net behind home plate, improving sightlines for fans and television crews. Other major improvements have included the addition of over 1,000 chairback seats with cupholders in February 2006. The stadium welcomed a new hitter's eye, draped above the center field wall, and the Bruins' scoreboard received a well-deserved face lift.
Located on the site of old Sawtelle Field, Jackie Robinson Stadium provides one of the most comfortable college baseball settings in the West. The stadium was made possible by a private gift from Hoyt Pardee (UCLA '41), a classmate of Jackie Robinson. Without Hoyt, the stadium would not be a reality.
The main press box, located behind home plate, is flanked by two radio/television booths and provides space for media covering the Bruins. Excellent camera positions for television coverage are located atop both dugouts and on the concourse level. Controls for the professional public address system, electronic scoreboard and lighting systems are located in the main press box. The snack stand is located above the first base stands along with public restrooms.
Jackie Robinson Stadium - UCLA baseball's sixth home field - can be accessed via the San Diego Freeway (405) and Wilshire Blvd. The stadium is located on Constitution Avenue (west off Sepulveda Blvd.) and is just minutes away from the UCLA campus.
Jackie Robinson, for whom the stadium is named, was the first African-American baseball player to compete in the major leagues when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. As a student-athlete at UCLA, Robinson became the Bruins' first four-sport letterman, playing football, basketball, track, and baseball. A bronze statue of Robinson is located near the concession stand on the concourse level. The statue was dedicated on April 27, 1985, before the UCLA-Arizona State game.
Directions to Jackie Robinson Stadium
From the 405 North
From the 405 South
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