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Hughes Stadium gets a makeover

SCC Hughes Stadium (Built in 1928) is used for various school athletics activities. Photo by || Joshua L. Cantu

As phase one of the construction on Hughes Stadium draws to a close it brings with it new bleachers and locker rooms, said Mitch Campbell, City College Dean of Athletics.

The upgrade, which began in March of this year, resulted in the replacement of the North Horseshoe and East side bleachers, as well as new locker rooms and storage areas, Campbell said.

“So far we’re very near completion of the first phase,” Campbell said.

Future plans include retrofitting the stadium to meet America Disabilities Act standards. These changes included repairs to the stadium’s infrastructure, replacing the bleachers on the West side, installing elevators on both sides of the stadium, and reconfiguring the press box, Campbell said.

Next spring, when the construction enters its fourth and final phase, the field will get new synthetic turf and the track runways will be reconfigured, allowing maximum width for the soccer field, Campbell said.

The athletics department has been working closely with operations in the hopes that teams and classes can use the facility for as long as possible during the construction.

“We are kind of working around it,” Campbell said. “We’re going to have to do the best we can with alternate facilities.”

“The intent all along was that we’d be able to stay here and still offer our classes and allow our students and student athletes to practice,” Campbell said.

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So far, say administration officials, the upgrade has inconvenienced few City College students.

“Whether any athletes will need to find alternate practice facilities is still to be determined,” said City College Director of Operations Greg Hayman.

“Other than the construction dust, the congested walkway around the stadium and the construction fencing, the inconvenience has been minimal up to this point,” Hayman said.

The upgrade, set to be finished in September 2012, will cost approximately $10 million according to Hayman. Funding for the construction has come from 2008’s bond Measure M, which allowed for upgrades to Los Rios facilities, Campbell said.

The upgrades have the potential to drive more traffic into the stadium, whether they’re City College students or just people looking for some high quality entertainment, Campbell said.

“I would think it’s going to be an increasingly attractive rental for potentially a couple of different uses,” Campbell said.

“It’s an iconic building, it’s known very well throughout the entire region so it will be a welcome upgrade for the entire Sacramento


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