Weingart Stadium

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Weingart Stadium
Weingart Stadium
Location East Los Angeles College
Owner East Los Angeles College
Capacity 20,355
Construction
Opened 1951
Construction cost $3.1 million
Tenants
East Los Angeles College (football) (1951-)
Los Angeles Aztecs (1974)
Olympic Field Hockey (1984)
Los Angeles Salsa (1990s)
East Los Angeles Classic

Weingart Stadium (formerly ELAC Stadium) is a 20,355-seat multipurpose stadium located at East Los Angeles College, in Monterey Park, California. It was built in 1951 at a cost of $3.1 million, and following renovations in 1984 it was renamed after philanthropist Ben Weingart.

Also, in 1984 it hosted all Olympic field hockey matches.[1] US Field Hockey played a home game here in 1990. The Los Angeles Salsa soccer club called Weingart home in the early 1990s. It is one of the only mid-size stadiums in the western United States that is retrofitted with turf-playing surface certified by the Federation International de Football Association (FIFA).

Today, although it remains home to the East Los Angeles College football team, it is best known as the site of the annual Garfield High SchoolRoosevelt High School football game, better known as the East Los Angeles Classic, which has been responsible for the Stadium's largest crowds, numbering over 25,000. (There are only 2,000 standing room only spots at the stadium, bringing its capacity to 22,355).

Commencement ceremonies for Alhambra High School in Alhambra and Garfield High School in East LA with other neighboring high schools are traditionally held at Weingart Stadium.

Usage in films[edit]

In the film Forrest Gump, special effects were used to turn ELAC's Weingart Stadium into the University of Alabama's football stadium. Using digital FX, a small crowd which was filmed at ELAC, appears to fill the entire stadium.

On October 19, 2013, during halftime of the ELAC and Victor Valley College game, the stadium was used as the home field of Gotham City University for the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice featuring the superheroes Superman and Batman. The scene involved a football game between Gotham City University and rival Metropolis State University.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1984 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. Part 1. pp. 83-6.

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Coordinates: 34°2′34.30″N 118°9′6.13″W / 34.0428611°N 118.1517028°W / 34.0428611; -118.1517028