March 24, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
The long-awaited opening day of Santa Clara University's Stephen Schott Baseball Stadium is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m., SCU Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan Coonan announced today. The Broncos will host Gonzaga University in the second game of a three-game West Coast Conference series in the first game at Santa Clara's baseball dedicated facility.
A discounted package of SCU Bronco games at Schott Stadium will be made available soon. Single game tickets to opening day and each of the other seven games in Schott Stadium will go on sale Friday, April 8, through the SCU Athletic Ticket Office by calling 408/554-4660 or online at www.santaclarabroncos.com. Reserved seats will be available for $10 each, while adult general admission tickets are priced at $6. General admission tickets for youths aged 12 and under and seniors over the age of 65 are $3 each, while members of Bronco Kidz receive admission for just $2 with their membership card.
For opening day, SCU students who are members of Ruff Riders will receive free admission on a first-come, first-served basis. SCU faculty and staff with a valid ACCESS card can receive free admission for themselves and one guest by picking up their tickets beginning April 25 at the SCU Athletic Ticket Office. For all other games, Ruff Riders and faculty-staff will swipe their ACCESS card at the Schott Stadium entrance for free admission.
"The entire Santa Clara community is eagerly anticipating the opening of Stephen Schott Stadium on April 30," said Coonan. "It will certainly be one of the finest college baseball facilities on the West Coast, and promises to play a vital part of the re-emergence of our program as a national baseball power. I want to thank Steve Schott and so many other generous Santa Clara donors whose donations have contributed nearly two-thirds of the total cost of the facility. I would also like to thank Devcon Construction and its subcontractors for all of their hard work over a very rainy winter to enable our team to play in this wonderful facility this Spring."
Plans for the construction of the 1,500-seat Schott Stadium were announced in January of 2004 and began in May. Though the recent pattern of inclement weather has hampered the pace of construction, Santa Clara will play eight games in the new facility this season. The final baseball game in Buck Shaw Stadium is scheduled for April 29 at 6 p.m., the first game of the three-game series against the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Schott Stadium will house the entire Santa Clara baseball program, including its training, practice and equipment facilities. The 5,000 square-foot clubhouse will feature both the Bronco player and coaching staff locker rooms, a team meeting room, equipment storage, a laundry facility and an over 800 square-foot field level dugout.
Along with the Bronco clubhouse, the stadium will be equipped with a 600 square-foot press box and 700 square-foot VIP suite, which will be located on the second story behind home plate. Behind the left field wall, the Bronco Hitting Center will be one of the highlights of the facility with four full-size netted cages in a covered and lighted structure. A visiting team locker room and dugout, an umpire locker room, and a fully-constructed, sand-based playing surface will all bring new dimensions to the SCU baseball program.