Saddleback College Invites Community to Grand Opening Celebration of New Stadium
Saddleback College will celebrate the opening of its new, state-of-the-art stadium on Saturday, October 2 during the college's Homecoming football game against Ventura College.
In addition to the game, the celebration will include food trucks, live music, half-time entertainment, and Bobcat swag in honor of the college's new mascot that was identified in May. A ribbon cutting will be held at 4:00 pm with members of the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees, local elected officials, and district and college administrators in attendance.
Features of the 8,000-seat stadium include:
- IIAF Certified nine-lane stadium track
- Comprehensive dual throwers park (hammer, javelin, shot, and discus)
- Four full-size synthetic turf practice and competition fields (football, soccer, lacrosse)
- New concession stand and ticket pavilion
- New state-of-the-art press box
- Internal athletic training facility
- Full-service athletic team meeting rooms
- 40'x20' full 10 mm LED video/scoreboard display
- Integrated multi-zone audio/video and Wi-Fi
A highlight of the stadium is The Ferry Foundation Room, which features an outdoor terrace and viewing deck for special events. The event space was named for the Ferry Family following a generous donation from Anthony and Carie Ferry. Anthony Ferry is the President of the Saddleback College Foundation Board of Governors and was named the Saddleback College Alumnus of the Year in 2014.
Dr. Elliot Stern, President of Saddleback College, stated, "We have waited years to open our new stadium and can't wait to share it with our community. Designed to serve as a venue for regional athletic events and entertainment, the new stadium meets the requirements to host NCAA and USA track and field meetings, as well as high school playoffs."
Hundreds of student athletics compete for Saddleback College's nine men's and 11 women's teams. The Bobcats have won three national and 24 state championships, 45 regional titles, and 155 conference titles.