San Diego Mesa College celebrates the grand reopening of Merrill Douglas Stadium on Saturday, September 26. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. At 6:00 p.m., the Mesa College Olympians will play against the Mt. San Jacinto Eagles.
The Mesa College football field and surrounding areas received a major face-lift after it was paved over last year to accommodate the construction of the now-complete parking structure and other east entry projects at Mesa College.
The renovation of the Merrill Douglas Stadium project includes new artificial field turf with regulation-size fields for football and soccer, an upper field event area, ADA-compliant pedestrian ramp, restrooms and seating for 4,500 spectators. In November, a nine-lane synthetic rubber track will be installed, suitable for world-class track and field events, with areas for events such as long/triple jump, the steeplechase water jump, pole vault, high jump, shot put, hammer/discus, and the javelin.
The stadium is located on Mesa College Circle at the east gateway entrance to Mesa College. It is home to the Mesa College Olympian football, and women’s and men’s soccer and track teams.
The community will also benefit from the new field. Football teams from Kearny, Clairemont, Horizon and St. Augustine high schools regularly practice and compete at Mesa College. Francis Parker and Horizon high school track teams will also use the track.
Among the largest community colleges in California and the nation, San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited two-year college offering more than 170 associate degree programs. With 20 women’s and men’s sports teams and serving 500 student athletes per year, Mesa College ranks as one of the largest intercollegiate athletic programs in California.