Stagg Memorial Stadium

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Stagg Memorial Stadium
Full name Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium
Former names Pacific Memorial Stadium
Location Stockton, California
Coordinates 37°58′40″N 121°19′02″W / 37.977906°N 121.317097°W / 37.977906; -121.317097Coordinates: 37°58′40″N 121°19′02″W / 37.977906°N 121.317097°W / 37.977906; -121.317097
Owner University of the Pacific
Capacity 28,000
Surface Natural grass
Scoreboard Yes
Construction
Broke ground May 1950
Opened 21 October 1950
Tenants
Pacific Tigers women's soccer
Pacific Tigers football (1950–1995)

Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium, previously known as Pacific Memorial Stadium, is a 28,000 seat, outdoor multi-purpose stadium on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

History[edit]

Stadium construction[edit]

Pacific Memorial Stadium was built in 1950 after the successful fund drive which netted $165,000. Most of this money was through the sale of pre-ordered tickets, which were usable over a 10-year period. Construction began on the earth-filled structure in May 1950. Astonishingly, it was finished on time for the first football game of the season on 21 October 1950, a build time of less than 6 months. Pacific Memorial originally contained 35,975 seats with room for expansion to over 44,000, but renovations reduced the capacity to its current configuration of 28,000. The stadium was the venue for a 1997 friendly match between the Brazil National Football Team and the Honduras National Football Team. Notably Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima commonly or simply Ronaldo, scored 6 goals as Brazil ran out 8-2 winners.

Stadium upgrades[edit]

The Pacific Club, which was added to the east-side of the stadium in 1973, was donated by Alex Spanos at a cost of $250,000. It seats up to 300, featuring glass walls and a great view of the stadium. When not in use for sporting events, it also holds many university functions and gatherings. The scoreboard in the north end zone was erected in 1982 at a cost of $140,000 and measures 17 feet wide by 35 feet high.

In August 1986, thanks to donations from athletic boosters, lighting power at the stadium was upgraded to 75 footcandles from 35.

Stadium renaming[edit]

Pacific Memorial Stadium was officially renamed to Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium on 15 October 1988 to honor Amos Alonzo Stagg. Stagg, who ended his football coaching career at "College of the Pacific" in 1946, donated the land for the stadium to be built in 1950. He is widely regarded as a pioneer in the development of sport, not only in football but also in basketball and baseball.

Tenants[edit]

Stagg Memorial Stadium was home to the Pacific Tigers football program, beginning in 1950, until it was discontinued following the 1995 season. For many years it was also the home football field for nearby Stagg High School. The stadium is now the sole home to the Pacific Tigers women's soccer team, as Pacific does not field a men's team.

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