Mission Viejo, CA – Saddleback College will start a new chapter in its history with the groundbreaking of the new stadium on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 4:30 pm.
The new sports complex will feature 8,000 seats, a nine-lane running track, two turf football practice fields, a turf soccer field, thrower’s park, concession stand, viewing platform with views of field and practice fields, storage for football, soccer and track & field equipment, modern press box, athletic team meeting rooms, state-of-the-art scoreboard, sound system with integrated WI-FI technologies, and full ADA compliance.
Saddleback College President Gregory Anderson, has a long-term vision for the complex and believes that this project can bring the community together for a variety of reasons. “I envision that the college will become the hub for all of south Orange County. The college will be able to serve the region in so many ways. In addition to our own sports and events, we are looking forward to hosting large community events, concerts, and regional and state sports championships, while continuing to use this very large classroom to teach our student-athletes,” said Anderson.
The new stadium will meet the requirements to host NCAA and USA track and field meets as well as high school playoffs and accommodate the growing crowds of the local high school football programs who use the stadium as their home field.
The original stadium was constructed in 1969 and has been unable to keep up with the modern-day demands of the region.
“The new stadium and practice fields will be an incredible addition to our campus and I’m excited to be part of this chapter in the college’s athletics history. Not only will the new stadium elevate the college athletics experience for our athletes and students, but it will also provide our local high schools with a state-of-the-art experience they desire,” said Dan Clauss, Dean of Athletics and Kinesiology and Athletics Director.
The stadium is projected to open in late spring 2019.