Edwards Track/Goldman Field
Although Cal soccer currently makes its home at Witter Rugby Field in Strawberry Canyon, plans are under way to renovate Edwards Track Stadium for the future use of both the Cal men and women's soccer teams.
The dual-use grass facility will be renamed Goldman Field, in honor of Richard (class of '41) and Rhoda (class of '46), who made the $1.5 million initial gift to lead the campaign.
The $3.3 million project calls for the conversion of the track infield into a regulation 75-yard x 115-yard natural grass soccer field, which will require the installation of an extensive field drainage system. The improvement plan will eventually include the addition of stadium lights to the facility, allowing for night matches and other field events.
The construction of the regulation soccer facility will enable Cal to host an NCAA soccer event, a possibility that has been precluded in recent years due to the size and surface of Memorial Stadium, the Bears former home. Cal's current facility, Witter Rugby Field, meets the NCAA's natural grass requirements, but its size and structure would make it an inappropriate site for the national championship.
The completion of the project will take approximately six months. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in May 1998, with the facility becoming available for use in early 1999.