Named for former player Jim Dobbins (1934-38) and his wife Ann, the home of the UC Davis Aggies was built in 1985. A new press box, concessions area, restrooms and entrance were added in 2002.
Year Opened: 1985
Dimensions: 310L, 410C, 310R
Playing Surface: Grass
Conference: Big West
Address/Directions: The ballpark is located about four blocks west of central campus. From I-80 East or West, take Hwy. 113 north, then hang a right on Hutchinson, left on LaRue and a right on Orchard. The ballpark is behind the Pavilion.
Author: John Moist
The seating is wide open, with no obstructions except the backstop, and the field is about five feet below the front row, making for good visibility. Dugouts are built in under the stands. All seating is aluminum benches with backrests. The field is oriented so that the batter and fans face southwest, which means the sun is in the batters’ (and fans’) eyes until it sets in right field. Landscaping and shrubbery provide color beyond first and third. The park has no clubhouses; the players use the locker rooms at the Pavilion, located beyond the right-field fence.
All in all, Dobbins Stadium is a relaxing, no-frills park in which to watch good quality college baseball.
A small stand sells hot dogs, sodas, chips, sunflower seeds and a few other basic items. If you would like to buy a UCD cap or other gear, there is a small store in the nearby Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) beyond the right-field fence. There is also an excellent team store in the UCD Bookstore in the central campus, and team gear is available at the Davis Sport Shop at 204 E Street.
There is a large parking lot adjacent to the park. Parking is $6 for all day. Buy a ticket from a nearby yellow kiosk.
BEFORE/AFTER THE GAME
UC Davis has over 30,000 students, and the City of Davis is a sizeable town in itself. Downtown Davis, just east of campus, is a nice place to walk around, day or night. As such, there is a pretty good variety of dining possibilities, from fast food to student hangouts to nice restaurants. You can have your choice of Asian, pizza, coffee houses, Italian and Czech (try Little Prague at 330 G Street).