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.
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.”
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.