George C. Page Stadium

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George C. Page Stadium
LMU Pride Park.tif
Pride Park, outside Page Stadium
Location Loyola Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Coordinates 33°58′01″N 118°24′54″W / 33.967055°N 118.414921°W / 33.967055; -118.414921Coordinates: 33°58′01″N 118°24′54″W / 33.967055°N 118.414921°W / 33.967055; -118.414921
Owner Loyola Marymount University
Operator Loyola Marymount University
Capacity 1,200
Scoreboard Manual, 18 ft. x 46 ft.
Construction
Built 1983
Opened March 19, 1983
Renovated 2001, 2004, 2008
Tenants
Loyola Marymount Lions baseball (1983-present)

George C. Page Stadium is a baseball venue in Los Angeles, California, USA. It is home to the Loyola Marymount Lions baseball team of the NCAA's Division I West Coast Conference. Opened in 1983,[1] it has a capacity of 1,200 spectators.[2] The stadium is named for George C. Page, head of the Incentive Aid Foundation, which covered much of the venue's construction costs. Features of Page include a "Blue Monster" in left field, training areas, and reception facilities.[1]

In the stadium's first game, played on March 19, 1983, Loyola Marymount lost to Cal State Fullerton 5-1. As of 2011, the Lions' all-time record at Page Stadium was 471-352-4 (.572). Their best single-season mark came in 1988, when they had a 30-5 (.857) record.[1]

Features[edit]

Of the venue's 1,200 person capacity, 200 is theatre seating and 400 is metal bleachers with chairbacks. Standing room and a first-base side picnic area account for the remaining 600.[1]

The field's generic features include a press box and concession stands, and recent renovations have added more to the facility.[1]

Mikos Blue Monster[edit]

Modeled after Fenway Park's Green Monster, the Mikos Blue Monster stands 37 ft (11 m). high and 130 ft (40 m). wide in left field. It contains an 18 ft (5.5 m). by 46 ft (14 m). manual scoreboard, also much like Fenway's. A gift by LMU alumnus Paul Mikos (Class of 1966) allowed the wall and scoreboard to be constructed in 2001.[1]

The Lion's Cage[edit]

The Lion's Cage is an all-weather practice facility that was built during the 2007-08 offseason. The 8,000-square-foot (740 m2) facility contains batting cages, pitching mounds, open spaces, and strength and conditioning areas. Large doors on either side of the den allow for all-weather use.[1]

Pride Park[edit]

Built after the 2004 season, Pride Park is a meeting and reception area at the entrance of Page Stadium. With a surface modeled as a miniature baseball diamond, it is often used for alumni events.[1]

An empty baseball stadium on a beautiful sunny California summer afternoon.
Page Stadium

Other uses[edit]

Page has hosted four West Coast Conference baseball tournaments. It also hosts youth baseball games and clinics.[1]

The stadium is often used as a filming locale.[1] Its most notable role in this capacity was in the 1990 movie My Blue Heaven, which starred Steve Martin.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "George C. Page Stadium". LMU Lions. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "UCSB Plays at LMU on Wednesday, Hosts San Jose State This Weekend". UCSB Gauchos. March 30, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "My Blue Heaven (1990)". Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 28 July 2011.