Blair Field

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Blair Field
Blair Field Recreation Park Long Beach California.jpg
Location 4700 Deukmejian Drive
Long Beach, CA 90804
Coordinates 33°46′40″N 118°8′18″W / 33.77778°N 118.13833°W / 33.77778; -118.13833Coordinates: 33°46′40″N 118°8′18″W / 33.77778°N 118.13833°W / 33.77778; -118.13833
Owner City of Long Beach
Operator City of Long Beach
Capacity 3,283
Field size Left - 348 ft.
Center - 400 ft.
Right - 348 ft.
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened April 11, 1958
Renovated 1992, 1999
Construction cost $500,000
Tenants
Long Beach Armada (GBL) (2005-2009)
Long Beach State 49ers (Big West) (1993-present)
Long Beach Breakers (WBL) (2001-2002)
Long Beach Riptide (WBL) (1995-1996)
Chicago Cubs (NL) (1966) (spring training)

Blair Field is a stadium in Long Beach, California. It originally opened in 1956 and is primarily used for baseball. It holds 3,238 people. It is named for Frank Blair, the sports editor for the Long Beach Press-Telegram newspaper for 32 years.[1]

Located in Recreation Park, it was constructed in 1958 and over the years has fostered local amateur baseball and hosted Moore League high school football and baseball teams, along with American Legion and Connie Mack baseball. The Chicago Cubs baseball team held spring training at the ballpark in 1966, the Los Angeles Rams football team and Olympic teams have used the site for practice or exhibition games.

It is the home of the Long Beach State 49ers baseball team, "the Dirtbags," and former home of the defunct Golden Baseball League team, the Long Beach Armada.

In 1992, $1.475 million was spent to renovate the 3,238-seat facility. New spectator seating, field lights, a playing field with state-of-the-art drainage system, and turf which exceeds professional baseball standards were installed. Additional improvements, including 774 new box seats and a new scoreboard, were made in 1999.[2]

Attendance[edit]

In 2012, the Dirtbags ranked 46th among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,391 per home game.[3]

Other uses[edit]

Blair Field has hosted six MTV Rock N' Jock softball games. It has also has been the filming location for numerous film, TV, and commercial productions, including the movies Space Jam[4][5] and Moneyball.[6]

The Minnesota Vikings practiced at Blair Field prior to Super Bowl XI in nearby Pasadena.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Keisser, Bob (April 9, 2008). "Historic Blair Field never looked better". Long Beach Press-Telegram. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  2. ^ "Blair Field". www.longbeachstate.cstv.com. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  3. ^ Foley, Brian (13 June 2012). "2012 NCAA Baseball Attendance Report". CollegeBaseballDaily.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Filming Locations for Space Jam". The Internet Movie Database (IMDB). Archived from the original on 2011-11-30. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Warner Brothers (1996). "Production Notes". Five Star Publishing. Archived from the original on 2011-11-30. Retrieved 30 November 2011. Off-stage locations for the live-action sequences included Blair Field in Long Beach, for scenes recreating Jordan's season with the Birmingham Barons baseball team... 
  6. ^ Ugland, Devin (October 3, 2011). "Brad Pitt’s ‘Moneyball’ shot at Blair Field". Daily 49er. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Super Bowl Notebook". St. Petersburg Times. 1977-01-07. p. 4C. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 

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