Caesar Uyesaka Stadium

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Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.jpg
Full nameCaesar Uyesaka Stadium
Former namesCampus Diamond, Campus Stadium
LocationStadium Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
OwnerUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Capacity1,000
Field sizeLeft field line - 335 feet (102 m)
Left-center field - 385 feet (117 m)
Center field - 400 feet (122 m)
Right-center field - 385 feet (117 m)
Right field line - 335 feet (102 m)
SurfaceGrass
ScoreboardYes
Construction
Opened1964
Renovated5 February 1994
Tenants
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos baseball (NCAA)
Santa Barbara Foresters (CCL)
Caesar Uyesaka Stadium scoreboard, March 2010

Caesar Uyesaka Stadium is a baseball stadium in Santa Barbara, California. It is the home field of the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos baseball team as well as the Santa Barbara Foresters.[1]

History[edit]

The stadium known simply as "Campus Diamond" or "Campus Stadium" opened in 1964, and underwent a major renovation and expansion after the 1993 college baseball season ended.[2] The stadium was renamed for the late Caesar Uyesaka, a Santa Barbara resident and dedicated UCSB booster. The first game was hosted at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on 5 February 1994 in a contest between UC Santa Barbara and the University of San Diego Toreros. UCSB won the game, 10 to 4.

A unique baseball venue[edit]

The stadium is designed with two levels, one on top of the other, where all seating is directly behind home plate. It offers a unique view in that the seats are "field level" and under the shade of the seating deck above it. The seating does not stretch past first or third base. There is no established seating in the outfield, although occasionally students stand behind the outfield fences.

With Santa Barbara's Mediterranean climate, Caesar Uyesaka Stadium is a popular destination for students and the community alike in the spring and summer. The Santa Ynez Mountains can be seen beyond the outfield fence and southerly ocean breezes from the Pacific Ocean can be felt. The prevailing breeze off the ocean blows toward the outfield and makes the stadium a hitter-friendly park, despite the fact its outfield fences are farther than many major league ballparks.

The Hammerheads[edit]

Under coach Al Ferrer, UCSB improved its program in the late 1970s and 1980s. Along with this improvement came larger and more enthusiastic crowds. A group of students began taking the cardboard boxes given out at the concession stands to carry food and wore them sideways on their heads. Eventually this practice spread and the student section of rowdy supporters became known as the "hammerheads", after the distinctive look of hammerhead sharks.

Renovations[edit]

To accommodate the strain of hosting two baseball teams, Caesar Uyesaka Stadium has undergone many upgrades to provide an enjoyable experience to the crowds. Recent upgrades since 2006 include a 1,600-square-foot (150 m2) clubhouse (including lockers and showers) and covered hitting/pitching facility.

The upgrades, however, have not brought Caesar Uyesaka up to minimum standards to host an NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament regional or super regional tournament. The stadium lacks an adequate press facilities and the capacity is short of what the NCAA desires for a host site. UCSB hosted a 2015 regional at the Lake Elsinore Diamond in Riverside County, a drive which often takes more than three hours and is routed through Glendale and Pasadena, among other locales. In 2018, lights were added to the stadium.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Caesar Uyesaka Stadium, Home of the Gauchos" (PDF). cstv.com. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  2. ^ "Caesar Uyesaka Stadium". stadiumjourney.com. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  3. ^ "Light It Up". ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-20.

Coordinates: 34°25′07″N 119°51′09″W / 34.418609°N 119.852536°W / 34.418609; -119.852536