Nov 272013

It’s explosive. It’s unbelievable. It’s scandalous.   Drake stadium will get its first upgrade since being constructed. The timing is perfect since UCLA will host the 2015 PAC-12 Championships and is being considered for several future high profile track events.

Some of the key upgrades include:

  • A new state of the art blue Mondo track. It is the latest generation of Mondo and is presumed to be the only installation of its type in the USA. This is the same type of track used at the London Olympics.
  • Upgrades of upper and lower entryways (see image above).
  • Expansion of the high jump area and a reconfiguration of the shot put area to highlight it.
  • Installation of a video scoreboard.
  • Legacy Lane – A recognition plaza that will “recognize Bruin track and field All Americans, National Champions, Olympic Medalists, World Champions, as well as World Record holders. The area…will highlight the rich Bruin history of men’s and women’s track and field, and focus on the legends of Bruin track and field.”

I don’t know about you but I ran MANY laps around this track as a student, and attended a number of UCLA-USC meets there. I was just there a couple months ago and was thinking how dilapidated it was now looking. Dan Guerrero gets a lot of criticism (some of it justified), but in my opinion, there have been so many upgrades to the athletic facilities during his tenure that they should not go unrecognized. Jackie Robinson Stadium, the Rose Bowl renovation, Pauley Pavilion remodel, Spaulding Field upgrades, Acosta Center, Speiker Swim Stadium, and others are a part of his legacy. I really can’t remember a period when UCLA went through such major (and costly) changes with the athletic facilities since the 1960’s. I may do an article on this if there is enough interest with our readers.

To read more about the Drake upgrades, click HERE.

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