Stephen Schott Stadium

Stephen Schott Stadium, or Schott Stadium for short, is the home of the Santa Clara University baseball team, a Division I Baseball team of the NCAA's West Coast Conference. The stadium, which opened in 2005, is located in Santa Clara, California, USA.

Stephen Schott Stadium
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LocationEl Camino Real at Campbell Ave, Santa Clara, California 95053
OwnerSanta Clara University
OperatorSanta Clara University
Capacity1,500 (Baseball)
Field sizeLeft Field - 340 ft (100 m)
Center Field - 402 ft (123 m)
Right-Center Power Alleys - 395 ft (120 m)
Right Field - 330 ft (100 m)
Backstop - 30 ft (9.1 m)
SurfaceGrass (infield/outfield), Fieldturf (infield foul territory)
Construction
Broke groundJanuary 2004
OpenedApril 30, 2005
Construction cost$8.6 million USD;
ArchitectHOK Sport
Tenants
Santa Clara University Santa Clara Baseball (NCAA Division I West Coast Conference) (2005-present)

Stadium history

A new baseball stadium for the Santa Clara University Broncos was first conceived of in January 2004 when Stephen Schott, noted 1960 alumnus, baseball enthusiast and, at the time, owner of the Oakland Athletics, announced he was donating $4 million to project. The Santa Clara University baseball team had been playing in 6,800 seat, multipurpose Buck Shaw Stadium, which they shared with the soccer team and, until 1993, the football team. Lack of space on the university's side of El Camino Real (Route 82) forced SCU to build the stadium across the street. It was built in approximately one year, but did not open in time for the 2005 baseball season as originally planned due to cost overruns and weather-related delays. Instead, it opened on April 30, 2005 to a sold out game between Santa Clara University and Gonzaga University. The final cost of the stadium was $8.6 million.

The stadium hosted a Super Regional tournament between Dallas Baptist University and California June 11–13, 2011. The neutral site was selected since neither school has an adequate on-campus facility to host the best-of-three series.

Stadium design

The stadium features a grass playing surface in the infield and outfield, a Fieldturf foul territory to keep maintenance costs down. Schott Stadium seats 1,500. The upper rows of the stadium consist of bench type bleachers with backs while the lower rows consist of tip up seating. A 6,800-square-foot (630 m2) dugout for the home team was added to Schott Stadium. The stadium's 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of building space features locker rooms, showers, and a trainer's area for both home and visiting teams. The SCU locker rooms features a team room equipped for live game feeds, team meetings, and press conferences. A VIP Building consists of a full press box, and a luxury suite behind home plate. Two additional buildings on-site consist of a concession and ticket office and a hitting center. The outside of the stadium features a traditional brick facade similar to Camden Yards and other "retro" ballparks.

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Coordinates: 37°20′55″N 121°55′54″W / 37.34861°N 121.93167°W

Preceded by
Buck Shaw Stadium
Home of the
Santa Clara University Baseball

2005 – present
Succeeded by
current
2011 California Golden Bears baseball team

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