Hughes stadium gets structural makeover

Renovations on Hughes Stadium, ongoing for 18 months, are due to be completed September 2012. The 83-year old stadium was named for Charles Hughes, the college’s first superintendent. Photo by || Diamond Pipkins ||

A major renovation began on the 83-year-old Hughes Stadium March 14 that will continue through September

City College has a contract with Moorefield Construction, Inc., to renovate Hughes Stadium at a cost of approximately $9.6 million. The 18-month project will be completed in four phases, according to Robert Martinelli, vice president of administrative

Dividing the renovation into stages will keep disruptions to a minimum, according to Greg Hayman, dean of operations at City College.

According to Martinelli, the first phase will involve removing worn bleachers for new bleachers and installing a new synthetic turf surface for both the track and field. This phase is expected to be completed in September.

The second, third and fourth phases will address visitor seating and stadium lighting, as well as structural remediation, Martinelli said, which involves bringing the structure up to current codes.

“[The] hope is to bring the stadium back into full operation in September [2012],” said Martinelli.

Currently the weight room in the stadium is being demolished, according to Martinelli. During this spring semester training, the City College football team will train in the concession area of the stadium.

“Teams will be affected,” said Martinelli. “We’ll do what we can to keep them functional.”

Football will be the team most affected during the 18 months of construction. The team’s practices begin this summer, and it will have no access to the field. Relocating the football team will be essential, according to Hayman.

Hughes Stadium, named for Charles Hughes, the first superintendent, has had a long and varied history since it opened its doors at Sacramento Junior College Oct. 13, 1928. According to City College Special Collections, at the time, it was the largest stadium on the West coast associated with a junior college.

In its 83-year history, Hughes Stadium has not only housed football games and track meets but has hosted performances by Pink Floyd, Joan Baez, the Doobie Brothers and Linda Ronstadt.