Pioneer Stadium

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Pioneer Stadium
Pioneer Stadium field 1.JPG
LocationHayward, California, U.S.
Coordinates37°39′26″N 122°03′38″W / 37.6572968°N 122.0606697°W / 37.6572968; -122.0606697Coordinates: 37°39′26″N 122°03′38″W / 37.6572968°N 122.0606697°W / 37.6572968; -122.0606697
Public transitBus interchange University Shuttle from
Bay Area Rapid Transit Hayward
Bus interchange AC Transit: 60
OwnerCalifornia State University, East Bay
OperatorCalifornia State University, East Bay
Capacity5,000
Field size118 x 75 yards
SurfaceFieldturf
Construction
Opened1964
Renovated2010
Construction cost$1.9 million (renovation)
Project managerJim Zavagno (renovation)
Tenants
Cal State East Bay Pioneers soccer and track & field (NCAA D-II) (1964–present)
Cal State East Bay Pioneers football (NCAA D-II) (1965–1993)
Golden Gate Gales (American Soccer League) (1980)
Bay Area Seals (A-League) (2000)
FC Gold Pride (WPS) (2010)
Bay Area Breeze (W-League) (2014)
East Bay FC Stompers (NPSL) (2016–present)

Pioneer Stadium is a soccer and track & field stadium owned and operated by California State University, East Bay in Hayward, California, United States. It currently hosts the East Bay Pioneers soccer and track & field teams.[1] The stadium also hosts the East Bay FC Stompers of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) since the team's debut season at this stadium in 2016.[2]

History[edit]

Pioneer Stadium field 2.JPG

Pioneer Stadium hosted the Cal State Hayward Pioneers football (back when the school was called California State University, Hayward). The 1969 team had a record of 9–1, the best record in program history.[3] The team discontinued in 1993 due to financial issues and poor attendance. Since then, the stadium and the school have been without a football team. There has been talk of bringing football back to California State University, East Bay, but the possibility of it is unclear.[4][5]

In 1980, the stadium was the initial home field for the Golden Gate Gales of the American Soccer League (ASL).

In 2010, the stadium hosted the short-lived, but successful FC Gold Pride of the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league, until the team discontinued in November of that year.[6]

Transportation[edit]

The stadium is accessible to AC Transit bus route 60, which goes from the Hayward BART Station to the bus stop next to the stadium at the intersection of Carlos Bee Blvd. and W. Loop Road.[7] The CSUEB Shuttle bus also goes from the Hayward BART Station to the same stop, but is only available for students and faculty of the school.[8]

Parking is available next to the stadium on Carlos Bee Blvd. on game days, with additional parking on W. Loop Road. Parking costs $2 per hour on weekdays, and is free on weekends and Friday after 5pm.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cal State East Bay Pioneers Athletics: Pioneer Stadium". www.eastbaypioneers.com. 2017.
  2. ^ "Stompers launch rebranding and relocation initiative". www.npsl.com. February 23, 2016.
  3. ^ "Pioneer Football All-Time Results". 2017.
  4. ^ Duboc, Richard (October 6, 2010). "The Pioneer: Alumni Hoping CSU East Bay Will Start Football". thepioneeronline.com.
  5. ^ Cozart, Leanne (June 6, 2013). "The Pioneer: A Glimpse into CSUEB's Take on Implementing a Football Program". thepioneeronline.com.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-19. Retrieved 2009-12-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "AC Transit: Maps and Schedules: Line 60". 2001–2010.
  8. ^ "Cal State East Bay: University Shuttle (Hayward Hills Campus)". www.csueastbay.edu. 2017.
  9. ^ "Cal State East Bay Pioneers Athletics: Pioneer Stadium". www.eastbaypioneers.com. 2017.