UPDATED: UOP stadium to be razed, replaced with tennis, soccer and field hockey venues

UPDATED: University officials have provided SCL with an expanded site plan, featuring other facilities such as sand volleyball courts, golf practice greens, and clubhouses. But the most significant upgrade appears to be an expansion of the Spanos Center. There is no timetable for the upgrades. You can see the entire site plan below. 

Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium, on the campus of the University of the Pacific, has a storied past. The stadium was home to Pacific Tigers football until 1995, San Francisco 49er training camp scrimmages, and countless high school graduations. But today, the 63 year old structure sits dormant, its glory days long gone. However, instead of letting this once-hallowed ground remain idle, university officials plan to inject new life into the site. Starting this spring, the stadium will be razed and a new athletic facility featuring tennis, field hockey and soccer venues, will rise in its place.

New UOP athletic facility site plan (c/o University of the Pacific)

New UOP athletic facility site plan (c/o University of the Pacific)

The linchpin of this new project will be the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Complex which will become the new home of the Tiger’s men’s and women’s tennis teams. Last week, the university announced a $1.5 million gift from Pacific Alumnus and former tennis pro Eve Zimmerman to help build the facility. Plans include 12 courts, an electronic scoreboard, and a two-story clubhouse, among other things. The state-of-the-art tennis complex is billed as “one of the finest tennis facilities on the west coast” in a university press release. To date, officials say they have raised nearly $2.6 million of the $3 million total project cost. Construction will begin this summer, though there is no set date for completion.

“This will be a significant upgrade for our teams,” said Ted Leland, Vice President for External Relations and Athletics. “Our students will benefit from more recreational opportunities. We also plan on opening up these facilities as much as possible for the community for masters and juniors programs. Stockton has always had a strong tennis community.”

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Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium will be razed in the coming months

In addition to the tennis center, the university will also build soccer and field hockey venues, as well as a running path through the entire complex. The new soccer stadium will replace the university’s 2012 plan to construct a facility on nearby Knoles field. The decision to instead include a soccer stadium as part of the larger athletic complex turned out to be a more prudent option, according to officials. The new venue will accommodate the women’s soccer team as well as UOP’s new men’s team, which will begin competition in 2015.

Details on the design of the new facilities are not yet available. The university’s current tennis courts, the Hal Nelson Courts just north of the Calaveras River, will remain.

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Author:David A. Garcia

David A. Garcia founded SCL in March of 2012. He holds degrees from UCLA as well as Johns Hopkins University and currently works as the Chief Operating Officer at Ten Space in Downtown Stockton, and previously worked as a researcher/analyst for a congressional agency in Washington DC. The views expressed here are solely of the author.

6 Comments on “UPDATED: UOP stadium to be razed, replaced with tennis, soccer and field hockey venues”

  1. February 5, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    What? Are they going to build another stadium??

    • Suzanne Huggins
      February 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

      I think it’s a darned shame that they ever took football away in the first place!

  2. February 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    I think it’s a darned shame that they ever took football away in the first place. They’re going to tear everything out anyway but I think it’s a crying shame. Oh, the fun we used to have at those games! My parents, who are quite elderly now, went to UOP and graduated from that great university! We went to the games with them with and later on, with our husbands. What wonderful memories!

    • Dave S.
      February 18, 2014 at 10:18 am #

      Again, thank Title IX for that one. There aren’t enough scholarships for women to offset the sheer volume needed for a football team.

  3. Jon Seisa
    February 8, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    It’s hard to gauge structural elevation in a flat site master plan, but I certainly hope they will include some sort of aesthetic tower or pinnacle structure, clock tower, or monument as a point of reference in this large scheme. In designing vast environments the “point of reference” on the horizon is highly critical for orientation purposes and to gravitate and draw curious people to a designated vicinity.

    I see it has an aquatic center, as well. Very multi-use. Very good.

  4. Chris Rishwain
    February 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    While it’s sad to see Stagg stadium get torn down, I think it’s a great idea that Pacific is creating its own “sports village” by clustering a majority of its athletic venues next to each other.

    That being said, I think Pacific is missing one key element with this plan. The removal of Stagg stadium gives the University an opportunity it hasn’t seen since the 50s: creating a “bridge” between itself and the city of Stockton. For far too long UoP has been considered a gated island in the middle of Stockton. There has been no point of interface on the campus fostering a strong town-gown relationship such as Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley and State Street in Madison do so well.
    Here, that bridge would be an attractive mixed-use development with commercial space on the 1st level and student housing on the upper floors. It would span along Pershing Avenue, from the proposed Tennis clubhouse from the south (#20 on the plan) up to and including the Field Hockey venue (#2). I would also include about 1/3 of the current parking lot (#5) going along Pershing as a future multi-level parking garage with retail on the 1st level facing Pershing. It could look something like this:

    The commercial space could include a sports bar (similar to BJ’s or Buffalo Wild Wings), a café, wine bar, plus lots of food and related options, etc. The location itself is great for retail being that it is situated right on one of Stockton’s busiest North/South thoroughfares. On top of that, retailers would be jumping over each other to be right next to the University’s 6,000 students that can walk to their stores. The potential revenue to the University from the commercial and student housing spaces cannot be overlooked either.

    How cool would it be to meet up with friends prior to the Pacific/Gonzaga BB game at the sports bar right on campus and then walk to the Spanos Center? Or going to the café after a women’s soccer match? Or going to the wine bar after a play at the Long Theatre? The list goes on of the possibilities. Currently, people attend a Pacific event and then go straight home as there is no place to go within walking distance.

    Students from the housing on the top floors can watch and cheer from their balconies the soccer and future Pacific D1 AA football teams (one can at least hope for a return of football at a more sustainable level:) They could also hang banners of players on parts of the building similar to what Cal baseball has done below. If I was a potential recruit, that would get my attention:

    http://www.dailycal.org/2013/04/04/cal-baseball-set-for-three-game-series-with-arizona/

    Overall, I think the only venue that would need to be moved elsewhere in this plan is the one designated for Field Hockey. I have nothing against field hockey but why would you want to give arguably your most valuable real estate to a program that most likely draws the fewest fans and revenue to the University. As it looks, if driving into to the campus from the west end I would be greeted by gates, the back of the tennis complex and a field hockey venue that will be sitting empty a majority of the time. That would not excite me too much if I was a prospective recruit/student. However, a thriving mixed use development that resembles the beauty of Burns Tower and Faye Spanos Concert Hall on the East end of campus would be something that is unique that many of the WCC schools do not offer. More important, now more than ever we have any opportunity to remove the gates that have separated the University from the city and create an inclusive environment that is bustling with students and Stocktonians together.

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