University Of Pacific - Klein Family Field
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- Fully lighted full size baseball field
- Built 2006
- Capacity 2,500
- Dimensions 317 (left)
- 405 (center)
- 325 (right)
- 365 (right field alley)
- 375 (left field alley)
- 317 (left)
The construction of Klein Family Field provided Pacific Baseball with its first home on campus since moving the university to its Stockton location. Opened on April 18, 2006 for the Tigers' win over Nevada, 8-3, Klein Family Field plays host to all Pacific home games, local tournaments, camps, and high school play-offs. The field was made possible through a generous donation of the Klein family.
Family patriarch Sol Klein came to Stockton in 1917 and soon became known as the father of youth baseball. He established a 16-team grammar school league, donating uniforms and equipment to poor children; helped found Little League Baseball in Stockton, and was one of the founders and the first president of the Stockton Baseball Club, now the Stockton Ports. His son, Bud Klein, played baseball for the Pacific Tigers and then the Stanford Cardinal before he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1950. While Bud did not pursue a major league baseball career, he has brought the University great honor by entrusting to it the education of numerous family members.
Bob Corkern, a spokesman for the Klein family, said the gift to Pacific's baseball program was prompted as much by their enthusiasm for the University as it was their love of the game. University of the Pacific Director of Athletics Lynn King maintains that the community also benefits from the new baseball complex. Summer camps and youth leagues use the facilities when not used by the university, and the ability to host college tournaments and playoffs is expected to bring economic benefits to local business.
During the fall of 2007 the Tigers continued to renovate Klein Family Field, adding new batting cages and lights to the ballpark. Construction continued in 2009 with the building of luxury suites in the upper concourse, providing heating/air with indoor seating. In the fall of 2010, both home and visitor bullpens were renovated to include all-weather turf. In 2012, full restrooms as well as concession stands were added on the councourse on both the first and third base field lines.
Future construction will include a indoor batting and taining facility for the team