Long Beach Marine Stadium

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Long Beach Marine Stadium
Marine Stadium Long Beach California.jpg
Aerial view of Marine Stadium in Long Beach, California, looking southwest, with the Belmont Shore neighborhood and beach visible in the near distance, the downtown Long Beach skyline in the middle distance, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the background.
Location5255 Paoli Way, Long Beach, California
OwnerCity of Long Beach
Opened1932
Reference no.1014[1]

The Long Beach Marine Stadium is a marine venue located in Long Beach, California. Created in 1932 to host the rowing events for the 1932 Summer Olympics in neighboring Los Angeles, the stadium was the first manmade rowing course in the United States.[1] The venue also hosted the United States rowing trials for the 1968 Summer Olympics that were held in Mexico City.

History[edit]

Picture of Marine Stadium
Aerial view of Marine Stadium in Long Beach, California, looking northwest.

The site was purchased in 1923 and Marine Stadium was created two years laters when the Alamitos Bay was dredged to only 1.5 km (0.93 mi) in length. An additional 0.5 km (0.31 mi) was dredged by 1932 in time for the Olympics in LA. Turf replaced the temporary grandstands in 1997. The following year, the venue expanded to accommodate new teen and disabled rowing programs. Permanent restrooms replaced temporary ones in 2009.

The site is now registered as California Historical Landmark #1014. Marker NO. 1014 at the site reads:[2]

  • NO. 1014 LONG BEACH MARINE STADIUM - Created in 1932 for the rowing events of the Xth Olympiad, the Stadium was the first manmade rowing course in the United States. Its width allowed four teams to race abreast, eliminating additional heats and allowing oarsmen to enter the finals at the peak of their form. Later it served as the venue for the 1968 and 1976 United States men's Olympic rowing trials and the 1984 United States women's Olympic rowing trials. The site remains an important training and competitive center for rowers, including our National and Olympic teams.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "California Historic Landmarks - Los Angeles County". Office of Historical Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
  2. ^ californiahistoricallandmarks.com 1014, Long Beach Marine Stadium

Coordinates: 33°45′40″N 118°07′18″W / 33.7611°N 118.1216°W / 33.7611; -118.1216