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Stagg Stadium to Close While University Conducts Feasibility Study

by Patrick GiblinFeb 26, 2012

University of the Pacific's Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium has been temporarily closed because it no longer meets modern standards. The University will no longer schedule events in the stadium until a feasibility study can be completed analyzing the costs and efforts needed to modernize the historic sports arena.

The feasibility study will be conducted during the next few months and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2012. The study is necessary to determine the cost of safety improvements and bringing the 28,000 seat arena up to current standards.

"Like many Pacific alumni, I have many fond memories of Stagg Stadium and it will always hold a dear place in my heart, said Ted Leland '70, vice president for external relations and director of Intercollegiate Athletics. "However, the fact is we haven't booked any events into it for months, because the stadium is not up to modern standards. We simply can't keep it open in this condition."

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Since Pacific ended its football program in 1995, the 61-year-old monument has hosted only a handful of annual events. These mainly included area high school football games, Tigers women's soccer games and the annual Moonlight Classic drum and bugle corps competition. Stagg Stadium also served as the summer home to the San Francisco 49ers football team from 1998 until 2002. However, in the past few years, the number of events held in the arena has decreased as area high schools have built their own stadiums and some competing soccer teams have declined to play in Stagg because it doesn't meet modern NCAA requirements.

The stadium opened in 1950, built on land donated by Amos Alonzo Stagg. The community donated the complete $165,000 cost to build the structure. Modeled after the original Stanford Stadium built nearly two decades earlier, the structure uses earth berms with seats built on top. The stadium also has a private 300-person room, called the Pacific Club, on the top level. The club has not been rented in more than a year, Leland said.

The arena was originally named Pacific Memorial Stadium, but was renamed in honor of Mr. Stagg in 1988. The first major expansion of the facility was in Sept. 8, 1973, when the Pacific Club was added to the stadium's east rim. Built at a cost of $250,000, the Pacific Club was a gift from Pacific Regent and former Tiger student-athlete Alex G. Spanos. In 1986, new lights were donated by Tiger boosters Ralph McClure, Bob Eberhardt, Jim Anthony and the Bank of Stockton. The last upgrade to the stadium was in 1997 in advance of 49ers Training Camp when all stairways were cemented and the remaining wooden bleachers were replaced with aluminum.

Once the feasibility study is completed, University leadership will then make a decision on next steps for the stadium.

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