[Posted March 6, 2015] Excellent progress is being made on the installation of the new AstroTurf football field and eight-lane, all-weather track at Uni. This L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) project, being built by Ohno Construction, is expected to be completed in late May.
Pictured above: An aerial view of the Uni field and track project from December 2014. (Photo courtesy Ohno Construction)
When completed, several new elements will be added to the complex. One will be a new scoreboard to be mounted on the Westgate Avenue (west side), which will have 23-foot-long panels available for corporate or personal sponsorship. Would you like your name, or your company’s name (and message) on the Uni scoreboard? Let us know your interest at Connect@UHEF.org, and we can walk you through the proposal process. It’s not complicated, but – this is LAUSD – there is a process.
In addition, an announcer’s booth will be placed on the north side of the field, opposite the stands, allowing accurate statistics to be kept, as well as for public address and press use. This facility is being sponsored by alumnus Scott Kivel ‘67, who requested the facility be named for former Boys Vice Principal Warren L. Steinberg (1924-2004)
Many inquiries have come in concerning the post-renovation impact on the Uni baseball program, which for decades played from the southeast corner of the football field. That will not be possible in the future. In 2015, the baseball team will play most of its “home games” on the road, with an occasional game at Stoner Park and Venice High School.
In view of the LAUSD regulations for baseball and softball, it will be possible to place softball on the football field, as there is no requirement for a permanent outfield fence. Because baseball has this requirement, the plan is to move baseball to the upper field (previously known for many years as the Girl’s Field). This will create an excellent location for most purposes, but will create a very short porch in right field, similar (but on a smaller scale) to left field at Boston’s famed Fenway Park. The solution will be installation of Uni’s own “Blue Monster,” a tall fence which will require home runs to reach the wall above a painted line.
Yes, you can sponsor the Blue Monster, too. Just let us know if you’re interested.