Here’s one reason why you want a successful baseball program: success is causing UCLA to expand Jackie Robinson Stadium in anticipation of postseason play.
UCLA’s baseball program has always been decent, but in the past few years the school has moved to the upper echelon of NCAA baseball, sending high-level prospects to the pros and hosting tournament games at an admittedly small facility.
Jackie Robinson Stadium, named for the program’s most famous alum, will be expanded by 580 seats after 290 chairback seats are added behind each dugout, pushing total capacity to 1,820. The new seating is funded by the Gifford Foundation, which also paid for a state-of-the-art training facility for the program.
The new seats will be installed for the 2012 collegiate season.
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